Rossio Square

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Rossio Square
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Located in the heart of Lisbon, this vibrant and colorful city square is bursting with flower vendors, shoppers and people bustling to and from their jobs.
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Neighborhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!
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  • Rossio • 1 min walk
  • Restauradores • 4 min walk
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia40,338 contributions
Rossio Square is the place to be in Lisbon! Its formal name is Praca Dom Pedro IV, named after a Portuguese King. However it's more commonly known as Rossio, which has the meaning of "common land"! It's big and it's the meeting place of just about anyone who wants to be somebody! It has been, in fact, THE meeting place for centuries! It has two lovely baroque fountains at each end and a very tall column with the statue of Pedro IV and the top. Legend has it that the real statue person is not Pedro at all, but a Mexican emperor by the name of Maximilian, who was killed just as his statue had been been built. The Mexicans did not want the statue so the Portuguese obliged and bought it at a very low price! Apparently Pedro and Maximilian looked alike, so who could tell the difference and what did it matter? Very clever! Also at one end of the square is a beautiful building which is the National Theatre. While on the square you might feel a bit dizzy by looking at the ground, while admiring the stone paving!
Written March 12, 2020
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,215 contributions
Rossio is the most central square in Portuguese capital.
It's official name is King Dom Pedro IV square, whose tall obelisk statue is in the middle. Two beautiful fountains adorn it on both, north and southern side from the statue, along with the National Theater on the northern side as well.
However, its main feature is the "Wave" cobblestone pattern (every square in Lisbon has a different pattern) of "Calcada Portuguesa". This is the famous pattern you see on Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro and in Senate Sq in Macao.
Great place to admire this beautiful pavement artwork, take pics and just people watch.
Written July 5, 2022
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Karim Maarouf
Cairo, Egypt723 contributions
This is one of the most central squares in Lisbon. We were actually staying close by, it is very well connected to the rest of the city via underground or tram. Shopping districts close by as well. We even walked from here to Alfama instead of taking the tram. The square itself is quite nice, there are some markets on some days of the week which seemed nice as well.
Written August 13, 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,637 contributions
This is the most wonderful square. The whole plaza is laid with wave after wave of Portuguese calçada, the traditional mosaic squares of limestone and black basalt. The wavy paving plays tricks with your eyes and if you look for long enough, you’ll almost feel woozy. It’s like some sort of large scale Escher optical illusion. It’s fabulous.
You’ll see lots of examples of these tightly laid, black & white squared cobblestones around but Rossio is the first (1849) and it's the best and biggest. Laying the tiles is quite an art form but sadly it was a dying art and paving was falling into disrepair until Lisbon City Council created a Paving School in 1986 to preserve the old-school techniques and train over 200 calceteiros (pavers).
There are several other features here:
i) the mermaid fountains (1889) - there are 2, one at either end, and between them there are 8 bronze mermaids, each holding up a large conch shell that spouts water
ii) King Pedro IV’s column (1874) – it’s actually pretty hard to see Pedro because he stands at the the very top of the 27m tall Corinthian column. It’s much easier to look at the 4 female figures at the base who represent justice, wisdom, strength and moderation.
iii) National Theatre – this is the large, formal looking building at the far end
iv) Fountain of Little Angels – which, despite the lovely little cherubs around the base, is not for decorative purposes. It’s actually a drinking fountain.
Written February 2, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia22,944 contributions
The official name is Pedro IV Square. However, the Lisbonians call it Rossio, which means a common place. It's hard to believe, but Rossio went straight to the Tagus as it is now the Square of Commerce, until the Baixu was drained in the XIII century. Rossio was often used for performances and carnivals, taking advantage of popular love. Rossio's popularity was exploited by the authorities. When the Inquisition was established in Portugal, it was housed here in the Estaus Palace. The Inquisitors held the first auto-dafe in 1540. All at once ended on the day of the Great Earthquake. All the buildings turned into ruins, only the Palace of the Independence survived the catastrophic earthquake. The palace is so called because the Portuguese nobles arranged a meeting here in 1640, which became the starting point for the conquest of independence from the Spanish occupation. The rest of the buildings that we see are built later. The majestic neoclassical building of the National Theatre of Queen Mary II was built in 1842. The pediment is surmounted by a statue of Gil Vicente, the founding father of the Portuguese theatre. Statues of the ancient Muses Thalia and Melpomene, symbolizing comedy and tragedy, are placed on the sides.However, the main and most popular building on the square is the Rossio Station, built by the architect Monteiro in 1887. The facade combines both neo-Gothic and Manuelino styles. Trains to Sintra depart from here. Well, of course, we can not say about the two famous places on the square Cafe Nicola and bar A Ginjinha, where they pour the famous Lisbon liqueur. You have to pay for the legend. It's expensive here.
Written December 31, 2020
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howiet1971
Swindon, UK1,518 contributions
It's a square, with a fountain at each end, a large statue in the middle, a large theatre at one end and beautiful paved flooring. It's also a central meeting point for many (and part of the carnival celebrations took place there.) Worth walking through on your way to somewhere (the Rossio train station which is just off it.)
Written February 28, 2020
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Linda A
Scunthorpe, UK3,252 contributions
This large and beautiful square in the centre of the shopping area is a great place to stop for a rest. There are attractive fountains and water features which make the city feel cooler even on a hot day. The black and white mosaic floor is mesmerising but very attractive.
Written November 29, 2020
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Malgorzata
11,263 contributions
The Praca de Dom Pedro IV in Lisbon, popularly known as Rossio, has been Lisbon's main square since the Middle Ages. In the past it was a place for celebrations, demonstrations, bullfights and executions. The current name is a tribute to King of Portugal, Pedro IV. His statue is in the center of the square. A square that cannot be avoided. Most of the buildings around Rossio come from the reconstruction after the disastrous 1755 earthquake. Great place with fountains,interesting shops and restaurants nearby. The northern frontage of the square is created by the monumental edifice of the Theater da Dona Maria II, named after the daughter of King Pedro IV. For me it is a central place in Lisbon that cannot be missed. Amazing especially at night.
Written August 22, 2020
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Dan097
Bedford Hills, NY58 contributions
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Great square central to everything in Lisbon. Lots of different things to do around it, and is very large.

Has a couple of fountains and a great optical illusion with the stone work for the pavement.

I gave it a four as there is some construction on a couple of the buildings that surround it.

Lota of access to different travel options around the square.

Great place to find a hotel near by for a visit to liabon allowing easy walkable access to lots of things or transport when you want to see some things in other areas.
Written March 15, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,619 contributions
"Rossio" has been there since the Middle Ages! A central square and a meeting point for all Lisboners since the 13th century. Its official name is "Praça Dom Pedro IV", honoring the Portuguese King, who was also Brazil's first Emperor, under the name of "Dom Pedro I". Nevertheless, everyone has always known it as "Rossio". It is a lovely square, with two baroque fountains, a limestone column with a standing statue of the mentioned King and magnificent mosaic stones covering its floor. "Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II" is at one its corners and the beautiful neo-manueline railway station - "Estação do Rossio" is just a few steps away. Enjoy!
Written March 31, 2020
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