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Officially named Praça Dom Pedro IV, this centrally located square is much more commonly known simply as Rossio. Come here at any time of the day to find the square abuzz, as people gather to socialize at cafés around the square’s edge.
Stroll across the vast square and note the unusual wave-like mosaic pavement underfoot. The curving lines, which alternate between lighter and darker stone, create an impression of movement. Although the square was founded in the 13th century, the pavement was only added in the mid 19th century. After being installed here, this style of pavement grew in popularity, spreading across Portugal and eventually showing up overseas in former Portuguese colonies such as Brazil.
At the center of the square you’ll see the tall monument to Dom Pedro IV, a former Portuguese king and the first emperor of Brazil.
Note the two large fountains on either side of the monument. Erected in 1889, these two Baroque fountains are identical and feature sculptures depicting mythical figures. Consider coming back to the square at night to see the fountains lit up. Look to the north end of the square to see the neoclassical-style National Theatre of D. Maria II, Lisbon’s premier performance venue for the dramatic arts.
Pause for a coffee and some people-watching at one of the surrounding cafés, some of which have been here for a century or more. Their outdoor terraces are excellent spots from which to observe the action on the square, whether it be street performers entertaining tourists, businesspeople having their shoes shined, or friends embracing each other upon greeting.
Find Rossio Square in the Baixa neighborhood of Lisbon. To get here, ride the metro to Rossio Station. Being a public place, Rossio Square is open 24/7 and no admission fee is charged.
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Parliament (Sao Bento Palace) and Mercado da Ribeira. Commerce Square and Rossio Square are also within 1 mile (2 km). Largo Trindade Coelho Stop is 14 minutes by foot and Baixa-Chiado Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Principe Real, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Principe Real Square and Botanical Garden. Belvedere Sao Pedro de Alcantara and Rossio Square are also within 15 minutes. Príncipe Real Stop is only a 2-minute walk and R. Escola Politécnica Stop is 3 minutes.
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Liberty Avenue, Rossio Square and Botanical Garden. Restauradores Square and Marquis of Pombal Square are also within 10 minutes. Avenida Station is only a 2-minute walk and Largo da Anunciada Stop is 5 minutes.
Located in Bairro Alto, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Sao Roque, Rossio Square and Botanical Garden. Restauradores Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 10 minutes. Elevador da Glória Stop and São Pedro de Alcântara Stop are within a 2-minute walk.
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this boutique hotel is steps away from Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square. Commerce Square and Castle of Sao Jorge are also within 15 minutes. Baixa-Chiado Station is only a 2-minute walk and Rua da Conceição Stop (28E) is 3 minutes.
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Justa Elevator, Rossio Square and Carmo Convent. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Commerce Square are also within 10 minutes. Baixa-Chiado Station and Praça da Figueira Stop are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Chiado, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Lisbon City Hall, Santa Justa Elevator and Carmo Convent. Rossio Square and Commerce Square are also within 10 minutes. Baixa-Chiado Station and Rua da Conceição Stop (28E) are within a 2-minute walk.
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Liberty Avenue and Marquis of Pombal Square. Rossio Square and Botanical Garden are also within 1 mile (2 km). Marques de Pombal Station is 5 minutes by foot and Picoas Station is 8 minutes.