Municipal Square

Municipal Square, Lisbon: Address, Municipal Square Reviews: 4/5

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Thomas V
Oakland, California10,367 contributions
Town Center
Oct 2020
This is one of the town centers in old Lisboa, a classic collection of special municipal buildings on a stone square. Some traffic. Come for the architecture and you will surely take photos.
Written 18 May 2021
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Malgorzata
9,907 contributions
Nice place
Jul 2020
The city square, once named after Saint Julian, was marked out by the architects in 1755, after the tragic earthquake that destroyed a large part of Lisbon's buildings. In the past, he was considered a silent witness of the proclamation of the republic in the early twentieth century, today, it is a great example of charming architecture, including the characteristic cobblestones, or "calcada portuguesa", which are arranged in beautiful, regular patterns. The town hall is located at the square. The town hall of the capital was built in 1880. The neoclassical structure, designed by the architect Dominguesq Parente da Silva, is one of the most elegant buildings in Lisbon. On the square you can also find an 18th-century monument. It stands on a broad stone platform with five steps in the center of Praca do Município. The pillar-shaped monument is locally called the pillory, or "pelourinho" in Portuguese. Lovely place.
Written 10 February 2021
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June A
Surrey, UK2,213 contributions
Elegant square
Nov 2019
Close to Praco da Commercio, this is small but elegant square which is home of course to the Municipal Building. The centrepiece is an elegant statue surrounded by patterned tiles. It makes for a quiet stop away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is a good place to sit and relax for a while.
Written 25 October 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia27,087 contributions
Historical stop
Apr 2019
This is a very small public Square with not very much to see or do. We were there late in the day and at that time there was nothing on. The area is probably famous due to the fact the architecturally nice Municipal building is located there. There is also a sort of monument, called the pillory of the city, which I think was supposed to be used for public shaming or executions, in the older days .... There is another reason the Square is well known and that is the the Portuguese Republic was proclaimed from the balcony of the Municipal building, on October 6, 1910. Possibly worth a short visit if you happen to be nearby and you will find some cafes and restaurants open.
Written 29 March 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, California10,367 contributions
Classic Square
Nov 2019
The design of this downtown square is classic with the big noble buildings around a statue in the middle. Lots of impressive stone and marble. Classic but a little cold.
Written 20 February 2020
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avrilritchie
Dundee, UK269 contributions
Beautiful and Peaceful
Apr 2019
Lovely Square to take in while walking through this historic area. Much quieter than other central areas but still with cafes/bars round about. Lots of history here and in the surrounding area. City Hall building is beautiful.
Written 25 January 2020
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RGSOUNDF
Mercerville, NJ11,514 contributions
Beautiful square, amazing mosaic pavement, historical monuments
Nov 2019
The Praça do Município, as it is known in Portuguese, is aptly named after Lisbon's City Hall located on the eastern side of the square. From its second floor, featuring the colonnade-styled balcony, the Republic of Portugal was proclaimed in 1910. Noteworthy is the fact that a little over 2.5 years prior to the proclamation of the Portuguese Republic, on February 1, 1908, King Carlos I of Portugal was assassinated (along with his son, an heir apparent to the throne), across the street, about 350 feet away, kitty-corner of the Municipal Square (refer to our picture).
The square, a few steps west from Praça do Comércio, is a fine example of Pombaline architecture (the dominant style of post-1775 earthquake rebuilding of Lisbon) characteristic to Baixa, the downtown area where the Municipal Square is located, and Chiado.
The pavement is truly amazing. Sure, the traditional black and white Portuguese pavement ("calçada portuguesa") is out there, in so many parts of the city, and not even limited to Lisbon squares only but very common to Portugal's urbanscape, but on the Municipal Square it is really beautiful creating awesome optical wavy illusions.
In the middle of the square there is the Pillory of Lisbon. Erected after the 1775-earthquake it has barely if ever served as a real public defamation site, with only one person having been executed there.
Written 12 December 2019
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xrayvision
Yorkton, Canada172 contributions
Nothing there
Sep 2019 • Solo
First off, it’s not the location tripadvisor shows. The proper location is on google maps. Went there on a Monday night. Literally absolutely nobody there. It was Monday but there was all kinds of people around town
Written 16 September 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK146,617 contributions
A Cute Little Square
Jul 2019
Praça do Município or Municipal Square is a cute little public square in central Lisbon. There's not an awful lot in the square to see except for a monument and column in the centre as well as the odd public sculpture. There's the usual array of cafes and restaurants on the square and there's a few important buildings such as the city civic buildings and the tourist office opposite, but otherwise don't go out of the way to see it.
Written 19 August 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, California10,367 contributions
Attractive Square
May 2019
This is a big open space in the crowded old city with some very attractive old buildings all around. Worth a walk through.
Written 24 July 2019
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