Portugal Praça dos Restauradores

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Sue Wolfe

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This square was named after the men who gave their lives during the War of Restoration (Portugal’s independence from Spain). It is the most northern of the Baixa district’s four grand squares.

The square is not as popular with Lisboetas, but there is still plenty to see here—such as the Palácio Foz, the art deco Eden Theatre, and the Elevador da Gloria that climbs the steep hill into the Bairro Alto district.

The base of the 30-meter-high obelisk contains a list of all the battles during the 60-year Restoration War. The bronze figures represent victory and freedom.

At the southwestern end is a tribute to Lisbon’s calceteiros who have worked painstakingly to lay millions of individual calçada portuguesa tiles. This “artwork” can be found throughout Lisbon, as well as Macau, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo.

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