Portugal Estação de Rossio Station

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Sue Wolfe

About this spot
The ornate exterior of Rossio station was inspired by classical Manueline architecture and was built between 1886 and 1890. Passengers enter through two Moorish-style horseshoe archways. The station is in the center of the Baixa district between Praça D. Pedro IV and Praça dos Restauradores.

While it has a decorative exterior, the interior is all modern. The station is small which makes it easy to navigate. There is a 2.9 km tunnel connected to the station—it is considered one of the most important engineering achievements in Portugal from that period.

In 1918, President Sidónio Pais was assassinated as he walked through the station on the way to Porto. He was shot by a left-wing activist. A panic broke out and in the process four innocent bystanders were fatally shot by the Republican Guard. The assassin was arrested after being brutally beaten by the crowd.

Rossio Station is the primary station in Lisbon for the Lisboa-Sintra railway. It also passes the two stations that serve the Palácio Nacional de Queluz.

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