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November 25, 2019.
November 25, 2019.
We fly rather late in the afternoon this time, at 19:25. Having arrived in Lisbon at the terminal 2, we are transported by bus to the main terminal 1 where we collect our luggage. Then we make our way down to the subway station.
Fortunately we are still in possesion of the metro cards we used during our previous visit. After having them recharged, we take the metro to Alameda station.
Again we stay at the hotel Residencial O Paradouro, the same one where we staid last time. It has proven to be a good and clean hotel, and it is on walking distance from the Baixa shopping district (downhill), near the Arroios metro entrance and various supermarkets and restaurants.
We pick up our son and together we go for a bite to eat at one of our favorite restaurants nearby, and turn in for the night.
The history of the São Bento Palace dates back to the first Benedictine monastery built in Lisbon in 1598. The monastery moved from its original home because of the need for more space to accommodate a growing religious community, and in order to find a site closer to the urban population. The location now houses the Portugese Parliament.
The Portuguese Parliament consists of a single Chamber known as the Assembly of the Republic. The Constitution says that there are a number of entities that exercise sovereignty, of which the Assembly is one. The others are the President of the Republic, the Government, and the Courts. In the words of the Constitution, it is "the assembly that represents all Portuguese citizens".
The beautiful Basilica da Estrela was constructed as a religious obligation by Queen Mary I of Portugal after she gave birth to a healthy heir (1761, José, Prince of Brazil) to the Portuguese throne. The Basilica proved an insufficient offering. José died in 1788 at the age of 27 from smallpox, 2 years before the completion of the Basilica da Estrela and his mother lived for another 28 years. Mary was buried in the basilica dedicated to her son.
The Basilica is situated at the top of one of Lisbon′s seven hills. The Rococo style of architecture originated in France and was a branch of the baroque style.
The Basilica da Estrela when original constructed was on the very western edge of Lisbon far away from the overcrowded, poverty stricken districts of Alfama.
The about five hectare large park is officially known as the Jardim Guerra Junqueiro, in honor of poet and politician Gerra Junqueiro, who was a key figure in the downfall of the Portuguese monarchy and the establishment of the republic in 1910.
The Jardim da Estrela is one of the most beautiful parks in Lisbon, laid out in a landscaped style with plenty of exotic trees, cacti, flower beds and a pond with fountains. The park is especially popular with locals who come here during weekends to socialize, stroll along the paths or have a drink at the café.
The park was designed around 1850 by gardeners Bonard and João Francisco. The park is decorated with plenty of sculptures and a nineteenth-century bandstand. The bandstand is a beautiful wrought iron pavilion.