Avenida da Liberdade promoted the expansion of Lisbon northwards in the late nineteenth century. It soon became the avenue where the wealthy built their mansions.
Today, many of those mansions have been replaced by modern office buildings and hotels, and Avenida da Liberdade is now home to some of the most luxurious shops in Lisbon, such as Prada and Chanel.
A few, often overlooked, attractions can be found around this area scattered over adjoining neigbourhoods. At the end of Avenida da Liberdade, Parque Eduardo VII is the largest park in central Lisbon. On the top, overlooking the statue of Marquês de Pombal, admire an impressive view that stretches as far as the River Tejo.
Further to the northwestern side of Avenida Liberdade, Praça das Amoreiras is the finishing point of the Águas Livres aqueduct. Built in the eighteenth century, the aqueduct supplied drinking water to Lisbon until the 1960s.
Northwest of Parque Eduardo VII, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is home to one of Europe’s richest art collections, with six thousand pieces of ancient and modern art. The complex which houses the museum is set in the Gulbenkian gardens.
West of the Gulbenkian complex is Lisbon’s zoo, and in the opposite direction, heading east, there is the Praça de Touros at Campo Pequeno, a bullring in a brick Moorish-style building.
|1. Parque Eduardo VII||4. Amoreiras Shopping Center||7. Jardim Zoológico|
|2. Águas Livres Aqueduct||5. Gulbenkian|
|3. Mãe d’Água Reservoir||6. Praça de Touros|