The Good, the Sad and the UglyAround the World, Day 9: Lisbon, Portugal
When we both awoke feeling pretty lousy, we decided to spend the morning in our apartment. We've both been nursing colds, and this morning Ken's throat was rather raw, so we rested and slept the morning away before having lunch in our room. Thus fortified, we headed for a self-guided walking tour of Lisbon's commercial heart stretching between Rossio Square and another large public square, Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square) on the waterfront.
First stop was Elevador de Santa Justa, a 148-ft ironwork tower completed in 1902. Lisbon is a very hilly city, and the elevator's primary purpose is moving people up Carmo Hill, but those who climb a 50-step spiral staircase from the platform are treated to panoramic views of the city.
|Rossio Square from Elevador de Santa Justa|
From the elevator we walked over to Rossio Square, which was much busier than we saw in our brief visit yesterday evening. Around the square, numerous enclosures protect what appear to be ventilation elements. Several of these had been staked out by homeless persons, who were napping the day away in their domains, some surrounded by all their belongings. The homeless can be seen in many locations, but Rossio apparently attracts a concentration.
|Homeless take shelter in Rossio Square|
Having addressed our more immediate needs, we continued our sightseeing at the nearby Igreja de São Domingos (Church of St. Dominic), a spectacular structure with a storied past dedicated in 1241. Once the largest church in Lisbon, it hosted royal weddings and served as home of the Inquisition in Portugal. It was heavily damaged by earthquakes in 1531 and 1755, rebuilt only to be devastated by fire in 1959. Restoration after the fire, which gutted the church and left two firemen dead, took 35 years and retained many signs of the fire in place.
|Church of St. Dominic|
|Rua Augusta approaching the Arch of Victory|
|Commerce Square and the Arch of Victory|
Tomorrow will be our last day in Lisbon before we move on to Morocco.
More Photos from Today
|Elevador de Santa Justa|
|Ruins of Carmo Church, destroyed in 1755 earthquake|
|Rossio Square Fountain|
|Though its surface is level, tiles in Rossio Square create an optical illusion of ridges.|
|Church of St. Dominic|
|Votive candles in St. Dominic|
|Crowds on Rua Augusta|
|Italians Church of Our Lady of Loreto|
|Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation|