In the square King Peter IV, who was also the First Emperor of Brazil as Peter I, is honoured in a marble statue atop a 23mt high column, erected in 1870.
|Panoramic view of Rossio square (photo from net)|
|Statue to King Peter IV in Rossio Square|
The square is also home to D.Maria II National Theatre, where plays can still be seen, the Rossio Station, a big fountain, as well as cafes and shops some dating back to the 18th century.
And Isn't the black and white cobbled pavement so beautiful?
|D. Maria II National Theatre and Rossio Square|
|D. Maria II National Theatre|
|Cafe Nicola (photo from net)|
Just to the left of Rossio, on the way to Restauradores Square, Rossio Station, built in 1886/7 looks more like a Palace or a Theatre than a railway station.
Designed in a Neo-Manueline style, by the Portuguese architect Jose Luis Monteiro, it's 8 curved doors match the 9 windows above, and it has a clock tower at the top.
Strangely enough, the station's platforms are located 30 metres above the main entrance.
A few years ago it was renovated and connected with the Restauradores underground station (Metro).
It's still considered one of the most beautiful stations in Europe (and maybe the rest of the world!!). It's here that you can catch a train to Sintra.
We climbed the escalators to the platforms so we could have a look at the interior of the station.
|Rossio Station - main entrance|
|St George's castle - photo taken from Rossio Station|
We couldn't leave Rossio without buying Roasted chestnuts from a street vendor.
The smell is so wonderful, it just warms you up...
It's just such a typical Portuguese tradition, eating chestnuts in winter.
|Roasted chestnut street vendor|
Tuesday, 17th March 2015