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Príncipe Real is a historic, charming and cosmopolitan neighborhood in Lisbon, the landscape defined by the squares Praça do Príncipe Real and Praça das Flores, through gardens, shops and palaces from the 18th and 19th centuries. Príncipe Real is glued to the Bairro Alto and just minutes from Avenida da Liberdade and the neighborhood of Chiado. In recent years, fashion and design stores have thrived throughout the neighborhood, namely on Rua Dom Pedro V. O Príncipe Real is only fully explained when we talk about Jardim do Princípe Real and the Embassy. Jardim do Princípe Real is one of the oldest and quietest gardens in the city of Lisbon, with centenary trees, a fountain, garden benches, landscaped spaces and a unique and little-known place in the Portuguese capital: the Reservoir of Patriarchal, an underground water reservoir built in 1856 and which we can visit today. The Embaixada, located in front of Jardim do Princípe Real, is a commercial gallery with two floors in height, with several stores of design, handicrafts, fashion, gastronomy and Portuguese culture included at the Palácio Ribeiro da Cunha, built in the 19th century in neo-Arab style. The neighborhood of Princípe Real has some of the oldest and best known nightlife venues in Lisbon, namely the Chinese Pavilion (a bar with Chinese motifs), the Foxtrot (a bar with decorative motifs from the first half of the 20th century and Art Nouveau), the Trumps (alternative) and the Finally (alternative). Princípe Real is a neighborhood where you can safely live, do business, visit and have fun.
The Princípe Real Parish Council is the Misericórdia Parish Council.
Atrações a visitar no Príncipe Real (top 10)
1. Jardim do Príncipe Real (Jardim França Borges): it is a historic garden in the city of Lisbon, located in Praça do Príncipe Real, officially designated as Jardim França Borges. The Jardim do Príncipe Real is a popular place for locals and tourists due to the Garden built in an English Romantic style; Cedro do Buçaco over twenty meters high; the refreshment kiosk where you can rest and drink cherry, juice or tea and eat soups or snacks; and the Patriarcal Reservoir.
2. National Museum of Natural History and Science: is a museum space with the objective of disseminating and teaching about Botany, Zoology, Anthropology, Mineralogy, Geology or Agriculture, located on Rua da Escola Polytechnic . The building of the National Museum of Natural History and Science is of the Neoclassical style and designed by Pierre Joseph Pézerat. The main highlights are the Laboratory and Amphitheater of Chimica of the Polytechnic School, one of the only teaching and research laboratories of the 19th century that remains throughout Europe; the Visitable Chemistry Reserve where it is possible to observe more than three thousand objects; and the Cloister where we find the tomb of Fernão Telles de Menezes (1530-1605), photographs, maps, a letter handwritten by Charles Darwin to the Portuguese naturalist Arruda Furtado and a 17th century table telescope by Jesse Ramsden; Sala da Baleia with specimens of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals from Portugal.
3. Patriarcal Reservoir: is the Water Museum, located at Praça do Príncipe Real. The Patriarcal Reservoir was built between 1860 and 1864 under the guidance of engineer Louis Charles Mary with the aim of supplying water to the lower part of the city of Lisbon. The reservoir stands out for its size, with thirty-one columns, vaults over nine meters high and a water reserve capacity of approximately 880 cubic meters. The Patriarcal Reservoir supplied part of Lisbon between 1864 and the 1940s, having been reopened as a Water Museum in 1994 and integrated into a structure with four museum centers: 1 – Águas Livres Aqueduct; 2 – Reservoir of the Mother of Water of Amoreiras; 3 – Patriarcal Reservoir; and 4 – Barbadinhos Steam Pumping Station.
4. Museu Geológico de Portugal: is a space where we can observe collections of Portuguese rocks, fossils and minerals, approximately 600 million years old, located at Rua da Academia das Ciências in building of the former Convent of the Order of Jesus. The Museum of the Geological and Mining Institute was opened in 1855 with the aim of creating a place where it was possible to gather the largest collection of fossils in Portugal , with main points of interest the Dinosaur skeletons; the Fossils of plants and invertebrates; the Collection of minerals and ores explored in Portugal; the Fossil collection with emphasis on a crocodile skull dated approximately 15 million years old, found in Chelas, Lisbon, a skeleton of a domestic dog about 7600 years old discovered in Muge, in Ribatejo, and a tree trunk fossil three million years old, found in Leiria; and the Collection of Mineralogy and research instruments with the Microscope made specifically for Sousa Brandão; the Oil sample collected on the coast of Figueira da Foz; and the First Geological Map of Portugal dated 1876.
5. Botanical Garden of the Faculty of Sciences: is one of the most important gardens in the city of Lisbon, where you can study and learn about the subject of Botany. The Jardim Botânico da Faculdade de Ciências is located at Rua da Escola Politécnica in the building of the Jesuit College of Cotovia, where it operated between 1609 and 1759. The Jardim Botânico of the Faculty of Sciences was opened in 1873 at the wish of the Count of Ficalho (1837-1903) and Andrade Corvo (1824-1890). The main points of interest are the species of cicas from Brazil, species of trees and plants from the time of the Dinosaurs, palm trees, fig trees and cactus.
6. Palácio Bramão: is an 18th century palace where Open University, is a higher education institution created with the aim of allowing study adult university, located at Rua da Escola Politécnica since its inauguration in 1861. The Palácio Bramão performed functions of residence of the family of the merchant Rebelo de Andrade between 1760 and 1805 , building of the Imprensa Nacional and headquarters of the Open University since 1988.
7. Museu João de Deus: is a space dedicated to educator João de Deus, located at Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral. The Casa-Museu João de Deus was inaugurated in 1982 with the aim of preserving and publicizing the work of João de Deus. The space was the place of residence and the training space for teachers in order to collaborate in the Mobile Schools, created in 1852 with the aim of teaching the people to literate. Mobile Schools were a success in the country, with a total of 479 literacy missions between 1852 and 1920 to more than 28 thousand people.
8. Pastelaria Cister: is a historic pastry confectionery in the city of Lisbon, located at Rua da Escola Politécnica. The Pastelaria Cister was the place where Eça de Queiroz had breakfast, reflected in the interior decoration through paintings that represent Portuguese writers and intellectuals. The main highlights are the aforementioned paintings and gastronomic specialties, namely Açorda de Gambas and the Rissóis de Camarão.
9. Embaixada Concept Store: is a commercial space with design and fashion, gastronomy and handicraft stores. The Embaixada Concept Store is located in Praça do Príncipe Real at Palácio Ribeiro da Cunha, which was opened in 1879 in Neo-Arab style under the direction of architect Henrique Carlos Afonso to be the residence of José Ribeiro da Cunha (1854-1915).
10. Organic Products Market: is a fair for organic vegetables and fruits from all over the country, which takes place every Saturday between 9 am and 2 pm in the Jardim do Príncipe Real since 2005.
Other places to explore in Principe Real
Casa de Macau Foundation: is an institution with the objective of supporting and developing the Macanese communities since its creation in 1996, located in Praça do Príncipe Real, the main attraction is the Documentation Center specialized in the Far East with approximately four thousand books
Orpheu Caffé: is a space that aims to recreate the intellectual environment of the 19th century lived in Lisbon and that offers a view of the Jardim do Princípe Real. The Orpheu Caffé is located in Praça do Príncipe Real, with the main highlights being Scrambled Eggs, Prego Estrella and the view over the Garden.
Galeria de São Mamede: is a space that promotes contemporary Portuguese art since its inauguration in the late 1960s by Francisco Pereira Coutinho. The Galeria de São Mamede holds exhibitions by numerous artists, namely Areal, Cesariny, Cruzeiro Seixas or Deolinda Fonseca.
Casa dos Tapetes de Arraiolos: Casa dos Tapetes de Arraiolos is a store that sells Arraiolos rugs since 1959 on Rua da Escola Politécnica. The Arraiolos rugs are wool embroidered rugs from the village of Arraiolos, which have used the same technique since the 15th century.
Panificação Reunida de São Roque: is a bakery that has existed on Rua Dom Pedro V since 1961, created with the aim of uniting several bakeries in Bairro Alto in one place. The highlights of the Bread Making Reunida de São Roque are Gastronomy through bread and cakes; and the realization of events such as The Nights of European Literature.
Joalharia Antiquário Dom Pedro V: is a historic jeweler in Lisbon, one of the oldest jewelers in Princípe Real, in operation since the 18th century, located at Rua Dom Pedro V.
Casa Amália Rodrigues
Pastry shop São Roque
Praça das Flores
Convent of Cardeais
Museum Júlio Pomar
Theater of Politécnica
Main streets and squares in Principe Real
Rua Dom Pedro V: Rua Dom Pedro V is the main street of Princípe Real, known for the antique stores, stores of design and art galleries, connects Praça do Príncipe Real, Rua da Rosa, Rua Luísa Todi and Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara . The Rua Dom Pedro V is one of the busiest streets in the area, a street always full of tourists, students and locals due to the presence of the Tram 28, of antique dealers, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Rua Dom Pedro V acquired this name since 1853 in honor of King Dom Pedro V (1837-1861), a very popular King among the people due to the construction of the Dona Estefânia Hospital in 1860, by the prohibition of inflicting corporal punishment, by the abolition of slavery, for the creation of the Higher Course of Letters in 1859, for the inauguration of the Astronomical Observatory in 1861, for the construction of the Railroad in 1856, the Telegraph in 1855 and for the realization of the First Portuguese Industrial Exhibition.
Rua da Escola Politécnica: is a street that connects Praça do Príncipe Real and Largo do Rato, is very busy due to the attractions, namely the Palace of the Attorney General’s Office , the São Mamede Gallery, the Largo de São Mamede, the Polytechnic School, the Casa dos Tapetes de Arraiolos, the National Press or the National Museum of Natural History and Science. Rua da Escola Politécnica got its name in 1859 as a tribute to the Escola Politécnica. Other streets connected to Largo do Rato are:
- rua do Salitre: Rato -> Av. Liberdade
- Largo do Rato -> Amoreiras
Praça da Alegria: was named after 1889, previously it had several designations, namely Praça Alfredo Keil and Praça do Suplício because it was the place where Isabel Xavier Clesse was hanged on March 31, 1771 by sentence for the crime of attempting to kill her husband’s life with an etching enema.
Historical Shops in the Príncipe Real neighborhood
Casa Achilles: is the only store in Lisbon that creates reproductions by molding in copper alloy. The store is located at Rua de São Marçal.
Chinese Pavilion: is one of Príncipe Real’s most popular historic stores for nightlife. The space was opened in 1901 as an antique dealer and transformed into the current bar in 1986. The Chinese Pavilion Chinese is located at Rua Dom Pedro V
Príncipe Real Enxovais: is a historic store dedicated to selling Portuguese products, namely Madeira hand embroidery, Bilro de Viana’s lace do Castelo, the quilts of Castelo Branco or the dating scarves of Minho. The store Príncipe Real Enxovais finds located on Rua da Escola Politécnica
Pérola de São Mamede: is a traditional store in Lisbon that maintains the characteristics of grocery stores where it is possible to buy Portuguese food products, where there is an old mechanical scale for weighing food sold in bulk and where everyone knows each other. The Pérola de São Mamede is located at Rua Nova de São Mamede.
Transport and Access to Principe Real:
The transports available in Príncipe Real are:
- Ascensor da Glória: is a funicular lift that transports passengers along a steep slope from Avenida da Liberdade to the entrance to Principe Real and Bairro Alto. The Ascensor da Glória is one of several traditional elevators still operating in the city of Lisbon. Nowadays funicular lifts are very popular with tourists, who try to experience transportation in a traditional city vehicle. The sensations are varied, since the transport is accompanied by the noise of the iron structure circulating on top of iron rails, with the electrical propulsion fed to the top of the carriage through cables fixed to street poles.
- Tram 24
- Metropolitan: Rato Metro Station (Yellow Line)
Educational establishments in Princípe Real
- Escola de Santa Teresa do Menino Jesus
- Instituto Superior de Comunicação Empresarial (ISCEM)
- Universidade Aberta
Instituições de Saúde
- Clínica Dentária do Principe Real
Parking in Príncipe Real:
- Park of Rua Politécnica
- Rua do Salitre Park
- Street of São Bento Park
- Táxis e autocarros
Tourist developments in Príncipe Real
- Casa do Príncipe
- Hotel Principe Real
- Memmo Príncipe Real
- The Vintage House
Places to shop in Príncipe Real
- Amélie au Théâtre
- Casa dos Tapetes de Arraiolos
- Embaixada Concept House
- Espaço B
- J Andrade Antiguidades
- Maison Nuno Gama
- Manuel Castilho Antiguidades
- Peixaria Centenária
- 21PR Concept Store
- REAL Show Retail Concept
- YOYO Objects
Fairs, Parties and Pilgrimages in Príncipe Real:
- Príñcipe Real Biological Products Fair: also known as the Príncipe Real Biological Market, it takes place every Saturday between 9 am and 3 pm in Jardim do Príncipe Real
- Try Fest: electronic music and urban art festival that takes place annually in Picadeiro do Príncipe Real in May
Location of the Parish of Misericórdia (Príncipe Real) on the map of Lisbon
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