Lisbon Map Tourist Attractions
Although Baixa features few historic sights, the lively atmosphere and dramatic history surrounding the neighborhood’s three main pragas make it a monument in its own right.
AROUND THE ROSSIO. Start at the heart of Lisbon, the Rossio (also known as the Pra$a Dom Pedro IV). Once a cattle market, the site of public executions, a bullfighting arena, and carnival ground, the praga is now the domain of drink-sipping tourists and honk-happy traffic, which whizzes around a statue of Dom Pedro IV. A statue of Gil Vicente Portugal’s first great dramatist peers from the top of the Teatro Nacional de Dona Maria II (easily recognized by its large columns) at one end of the praga. Adjoining the Rossio is the elegant Pra?a da Figueira, which lies on the border of the hilly streets of the Alfama district.
AROUND PRAQA DOS RESTAURADORES. Just past the Rossio train station, an obelisk and a sculpture of the Spirit of Independence commemorate Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640. The tourist office, numerous shops, and the Ele-vador Gloria all line the praga, which serves as the start of Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s most imposing, elegant promenade. Modeled after the wide boulevards of 19th-century Paris, this shady mile-long thoroughfare ends at Praga do Marques de Pombal; from there, an 18th-century statue of the Marques overlooks the city.
AROUND PRAQA DO COMERCIO. On the other side of the Rossio from Pr. dos Restauradores, Praga do Comercio’s grid of pedestrian streets invites wandering.
In the Bairro Alto, the only place in Lisbon that never sleeps, pretentious intellectuals mix with teens and idealistic university students. Though the bairro is known for its celebrated casas defado and scores of hip bars and clubs, there is still enough to behold in the daylight hours to warrant a separate visit. At the center of the neighborhood is Praga Luis de Camoes, which adjoins Largo Chiado at the top of R. Garrett, a good place to rest and orient yourself while sightseeing. (To reach R. Garrett and the heart of the chic Chiado neighborhood from the Rossio, take R. do Carmo uphill; R. Garrett is the 1st street on the right.)
AROUND THE ELEVADOR DE SANTA JUSTA. The Elevador de Santa Justa, a 1902 elevator in a Gothic wrought-iron tower, once served as transportation up to Bairro Alto. Today, it takes tourists up to see the fantastic view and then back down again. (Elevator runs M-F 7am-llpm, Sa-Su 9am-llpm. ‚1.)
MUSEU NACIONAL DE ARTE ANTIGA. The Museum Nacional de Arte Antiga hosts a large collection of Portuguese art as well as a survey of European painting dating back as far as the 12th century and ranging from Gothic primitives to 18th-century French masterpieces. (R. das Janelas Verdes, Jardim 9 Abril. 30min. down Av. Infante Santo from the Elevador de Santa Justa. Buses #40 and 60 stop to the right of the museum exit. Tram #15, from Pr. Figueria orPr. do Comercio, also stops nearby. Open Su and lV-Sa 10am-6pm, Tu 2-6pm. ‚3, students ‚1.50. Su before 2pm free.)
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