Marqués de Pombal Square is the center of modern Lisbon. It is known to the locals as the Rotunda and is located in the financial district. It is, therefore, one of the busiest and most characteristic spaces in the capital of Portugal, being a mandatory visit. Do you dare to know more about her? We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Buildings and monuments of the Marqués de Pombal square
In the center of the square there is a monument to the Marquis of Pombal, who was governor of Lisbon between 1750 and 1777. The base on which the sculpture sits has various allegorical images that represent the reforms (educational, political and agricultural) made by the despotic statesman.
In the monument there are other elements, such as a lion, symbol of power, on which the marquis rests one of his hands. There are also several figures representing the University of Coimbra, where the governor created a science faculty; as well as broken stones and waves that have to do with the earthquake that occurred in 1755.
As for the buildings that surround it, the Plaza del Marqués de Pombal is bounded by the corporate headquarters of important companies, by the main banks in Portugal and by hotels of the most important chains. This, added to the tranquility of the square, makes it a good area to stay.
Other information about the square
Getting to the place is very simple, since it is located in the heart of the city and is perfectly communicated with the rest of the capital. Even so, those who are far from the square and have to use public transport can follow the yellow and blue metro lines and stop at the Marqués de Pombal station.
On the other hand, the Plaza del Marqués de Pombal has been the scene of numerous events of importance and interest, among which the proclamation of the Portuguese Republic on October 5, 1910 stands out. Club fans also congregate there. Benfica and Sporting football teams to celebrate their team’s victories.
Surroundings of the Marqués de Pombal square
The Marqués de Pombal Square is located next to the Eduardo VII Park, the largest in all of Lisbon. In its twenty-five hectares of extension you can find numerous points of interest, such as the Cold Stove, a botanical garden with exotic plants, streams or waterfalls; and the Quente stove, which has species with a tropical climate.
On the other side of the Marqués de Pombal square is the Avenida da Liberdade, which has a style similar to that of the Champs Elysees in Paris. It could be said that it is the quintessential luxury area of the capital of Portugal, as it is full of exclusive shops and five-star hotels.
This avenue starts from Restauradores Square, in the center of which you can see a large obelisk that refers to an event of great importance in the history of Portugal: the independence achieved by the restorers in 1640. Regarding the buildings that surround it, there are the Eden Theater or the Foz Palace.
More places of interest
Precisely, the Restauradores Square marks the beginning of the Baixa, the most central and commercial district of Lisbon. In it you can also visit Rossio Square, the most lively in the city; the Plaza de Figueira, with good views and atmosphere; and the Plaza del Comercio, one of the most important.
For those who want to see all this from above, you can make use of the famous Elevador de Santa Justa, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Lisbon that also connects the Baixa with the Chiado neighborhood.
Built at the beginning of the 20th century, it measures 45 meters and at the top there is a terrace where you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city. Even more so if you visit during sunset.