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Downtown Lisbon - the Baixa Quarter

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An April 2007 trip to Lisbon by LenR

Pedestrianised streets Photo, Lisbon, Portugal More Photos
Quote: Downtown Lisbon is a different world. Modern shopping, restaurants, tourism, and commerce mix happily with a quarter which has changed little in 200 years.

Downtown Lisbon - the Baixa Quarter

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Overview

Pedestrianised streets Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Traditions seem to be carefully protected in the center of Lisbon. Because of this, the city has succeeded in retaining last century's charm in the downtown area. Streets and plazas seem adapted to a slower time than the present.Baixa, or downtown Lisbon, is the heart of the city. It is the main shopping and banking district that stretches from the riverfront to the Avenida da Liberdade, with streets named according to the shopkeepers and craftsmen who traded in the area.It was completely rebuilt after the Great Earthquake of 1755 with streets flanked by uniform, neoclassical buildings. This was Europe's first great example of neoclassical design and urban planning, and one of the fine...Read More

Hotel Avenida Palace

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Hotel

Hotel Avenida Palace Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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This is considered to be one of the central city’s grand hotels and parts of it certainly are. The entrance lobby is spectacular and the salon and bar are particularly nice. There are lots of chandeliers, elegant curtains, and eye catching floral displays throughout. The Avenida Palace Hotel lies in the heart of Lisbon's business and cultural zone. S. Jorge Castle, Avenida da Liberdade and Marques de Pombal are some of the area attractions surrounding the hotel. The hotel is 20 minutes from the Lisbon Airport and close to the main transport systems, such as Rossio train station and the Subway with a direct link to the Estoril and Cascais trains. It has the best location in town. We walked ever...Read More

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Hotel Avenida Palace
Rua 1 de Dezembro 123
Lisbon, Portugal
+351 (21) 3218100

Various Restaurants in Baixa

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Restaurant

Typical restuarant food Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Baixa is not considered to be as good a restaurant area as Bairro Alto but I found we ate here most of the time because it was convenient to many of the sightseeing attractions. There are a couple of ‘restaurant’ streets such as Rua das Portas de Santo Antao were you will find a wide selection of options. We found a little restaurant in a side alley that we really loved (see below) but generally we found these place a bit touristy and aggressive in their approach to customers. It was here that I found out that if you eat inside the restaurant you'll pay one price for the meal and if you eat outside it'll be a different (higher) price.If you don't speak Portuguese, make sure you've got your phr...Read More

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Rossio Square-Pedro IV Square

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Attraction | "Monuments and Squares"

Rossio Square-Pedro IV Square Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon is a city of squares and monuments. Many of them were created after the 18th century disastrous earthquake that destroyed much of the city. When the city rebuilt, the downtown area was planned around several important squares. The Lisbon of a century ago can still be seen in the vicinity of these squares and they are still focal points for many activities. This is particularly the case with Rossio Square.Like many of Lisbon's squares, Rossio has an official and an unofficial name. Its official name, Praça de Dom Pedro IV, commemorates Portugal's first liberal king; however, the square is usually simply referred to as Rossio, the Portuguese name for any large square. This says a great de...Read More

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Rossio Square-Pedro IV Square
Pombaline Downtown
Lisbon, Portugal

Funicular Railways

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Attraction | "Elevators and Funiculars"

Funicular Railways Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon has three working street funiculars and one street elevator which allow its citizens and visitors to move to and from its hilly districts more easily. All are operated by Carris, the Lisbon city transport undertaking and all are tourist attractions.The Santa Justa Elevator opened in 1902 and rises vertically some 45 metres from the Rua de Santa Justa in the Baixa area to the Chiado district. The structure was designed by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, from Oporto. The structure houses two staffed lifts which normally allow direct access to the Carmo square and its monastery ruins, which are now an archaeological museum.The lift was originally powered by a steam engine mounted at its ...Read More

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Funicular Railways
Throughout City
Lisbon, Portugal

Praca do Comercio

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Attraction

Praca do Comercio Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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This is one of the most majestic squares of Lisbon and was once the main maritime entrance to the city. You can still see the old marble steps leading up to Commerce Square from the River Tagus. The name Palace Square is clearly a reference to the Palace that was located here for 400 years, until the 1755 earthquake that almost completely destroyed it.On the north side, an impressive 19th-century triumphal arch that leads to Rua Augusta centres the square. The arch is decorated with statues of historical personalities, like Vasco da Gama and Marquês do Pombal. Government administrative offices and some restaurants now occupy the spacious arcaded buildings that extend around three sides of the ...Read More

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Praca do Comercio

Lisbon, Portugal