Praca do Imperio (meaning the Empire Square) might not be the oldest public square in Lisbon (in fact, it was built no sooner than the mid 20th century, in order to be home to some of the events occasioned by the 1940 World Exhibition), but it is, without a doubt, one of the most attractive and most popular, at least from a tourist point of view. It was designed by Conttineli Telmo, and the huge garden located in its center is the work of Gomes Amorim.

The square is located in the Belem district, and it stands out by certain features and highlights with turn it into a major tourist hotspot. For instance, it is located in the very proximity of the Tagus River bank, meaning, at least for visitors who come by boat to Lisbon, it is one of the first sights they can admire. Secondly, it is surrounded by some of the most iconic architectural structures of the capital of Portugal. Thus, the Belem Tower and the Jeronimos Monastery, worldwide famed for embodying the most exquisite expression of the Manueline style (which is precisely why they have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites), as well as the Monument to the Discoveries, are located near the square, which means Praca do Imperio is nothing but a bundle of the most valuable tourist sights of Lisbon.

On top of that, there is also the majestic Praca do Imperio Garden which offers a peaceful and refreshing retreat for people who happen to stroll around the namesake square after searching out the nearby attractions.

Praca do Imperio (Empire Square)
Praca do Imperio, Lisbon, Portugal
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