Located in the heart of the city and home to many historical monuments, this vibrant square has something to offer everyone.
The origins of Restauradores Square date back to 1640 when it was known as Praça dos Restauradores (Square of the Restorers). This name was given in honor of those who helped restore Portuguese independence from Spain after 60 years under Spanish rule. The center of the square features a monument dedicated to these heroes that includes an obelisk with a bronze statue at its top. It was erected in 1886 and stands 50 meters tall, making it one of Lisbon’s most iconic landmarks.
Surrounding the monument are several restaurants, cafés, shops, and hotels that make up what is now known as “the golden triangle” – an area popular for both locals and tourists alike. Visitors can enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine or explore some more modern options such as tapas bars or sushi restaurants. There are also plenty of souvenir shops where you can pick up unique items like handcrafted pottery or cork products made by local artisans.
In addition to its dining options, Restauradores Square is also home to two important churches: Igreja de São Roque (Church of Saint Roch) and Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Encarnação (Church of Our Lady Incarnation). Both were built during different periods but share similar designs, featuring Baroque style facades with ornate sculptures adorning their entrances. Inside each church visitors will find incredible works of art including frescoes painted by renowned artists like Francisco Vieira de Matos and Domingos Sequeira respectively.
No visit to Lisbon would be complete without stopping at Restauradores Square.