Praça dos Restauradores

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Praça dos Restauradores

This square, which is adjacent to Rossio train station, marks the beginning of modern Lisbon. Here the broad, tree-lined Avenida da Liberdade starts its northwesterly ascent. Restauradores means "restoration," and the square commemorates the 1640 uprising against Spanish rule that restored Portuguese independence after a 60-year hiatus; an obelisk (1886) commemorates the event. Note the elegant 18th-century Palácio Foz on the square's west side. Before World War I, it contained a casino; today it houses a national tourist office, the tourist police, and a shop selling reproductions from the country's state museums. The only building to rival the palace is the restored Éden building, just to the south. This art-deco masterpiece of Portuguese architect Cassiano Branco now contains the VIP Éden aparthotel.

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