This beautiful square dates back to the 16th century and has a rich history that makes it an important part of Lisbon’s culture and heritage.
The square was originally named Praça dos Restauradores when it was built in honor of those who fought for Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640. It wasn’t until 1808 that the name changed to Afonso de Albuquerque Square, after Afonso de Albuquerque, a Portuguese explorer and military leader who led several successful campaigns during his lifetime. The bronze statue located at the center of the square depicts him on horseback as he leads his troops into battle.
The surrounding area around Afonso de Albuquerque Square is home to some of Lisbon’s most famous attractions including Rossio Train Station, Dona Maria II National Theatre, Carris Museum, St George Castle and Figueira Palace. There are also many cafés, restaurants, and shops nearby where visitors can enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine or pick up souvenirs to take home with them.
Today, Afonso de Albuquerque Square serves as a popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike, who come here to admire its beauty or simply relax under one of its many trees while enjoying views over downtown Lisbon. On sunny days, you will often find people playing music or having picnics on its lawns – making this spot all the more inviting.