Amoreiras Walking Tour (Self Guided), Lisbon

Due to its excellent central location in one of Lisbon's most vibrant neighborhoods, Amoreiras marks one of the Portuguese capital's entrances as well as being one of its most sophisticated areas. This is where you'll find the emblematic Amoreiras Shopping Center with its eye-catching postmodern towers, housing international chains and a good food court. Take our self-guided tour to walk the whole stretch enjoying its sites and attractions at a relaxed pace, as much of it is quieter than the downtown tourist district.
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Amoreiras Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Amoreiras Walking Tour
Guide Location: Portugal » Lisbon (See other walking tours in Lisbon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Praca do Marques de Pombal (Marquis of Pombal Square)
  • Eduardo VII Park
  • Shaare Tikva Synagogue
  • Mae d'Agua das Amoreiras Reservoir / Water Museum
  • Amoreiras Garden
  • Amoreiras Shopping Center
  • Lisbon Aqueduct
Praca do Marques de Pombal (Marquis of Pombal Square)

1) Praca do Marques de Pombal (Marquis of Pombal Square)

The Marquess of Pombal Square is an important roundabout in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It is located between the Avenida da Liberdade and the Eduardo VII Park.

The square is the radiating point for various important avenues: Liberdade, Duque de Loulé and Fontes Pereira de Melo, as well as the streets Braamcamp and Joaquim António de Aguiar.

Its name is a reference to Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquess of Pombal, 1st Count of Oeiras, the mighty prime-minister who ruled Portugal from 1750 to 1777. In the middle of the roundabout there is a large column dedicated to him, built between 1917 and 1934 and created by Adães Bermudes, António Couto and Francisco Santos. A bronze statue of the Marquess is on the top, with a lion - symbol of power - by his side. The Marquis is shown looking towards the Baixa Pombalina, the area of Lisbon that was rebuilt under his direction after the disastrous 1755 Lisbon Earthquake.

The Blue and Yellow lines (Linha Azul and Linha Amarela) of the Lisbon Metro stop at Marquês de Pombal station, which was called Rotunda until March 1998. Eighteen bus lines operated by Carris also serve the square.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Eduardo VII Park

2) Eduardo VII Park

The Eduardo VII Park is a green getaway in the middle of Lisbon with spectacular views of the city from the top. It occupies an area of 26 hectares to the north of the Avenida da Liberdade and the Marquis of Pombal Square, in the centre of the city.

Its name pays homage to Edward VII of the United Kingdom who visited Portugal in 1902, to strengthen the relations between the two countries. Until that visit, its name was Liberty Park (Parque da Liberdade). It consists of neatly clipped box hedges in a patterned mosaic with walkways alongside. The park is designed as a slope and the summit looks over the city.

Within the area of the Park are the Carlos Lopes Pavilion (the former Portuguese pavilion of the 1922 Rio de Janeiro International Exposition) and the Estufa Fria (a 1.5 hectare greenhouse garden). The Hot Greenhouse has several exotic plants and the Sweet Greenhouse has tropical plants, cacti and palms. Besides sporting events, the pavilion is also the venue for concerts, cultural shows and an annual book fair. Visitors can browse at the book markets outside the park or enjoy a meal at the restaurant located at the very top of the park.

Why You Should Visit:
Not the biggest park in town but the view, as well as the tapas restaurant on top, makes it worth the climb!

Start out early at the top of the park and make sure you visit the Estufa Fria greenhouses, which are really well laid out and oozing with the atmosphere (and free on Sunday mornings, but very affordable anyway).
Shaare Tikva Synagogue

3) Shaare Tikva Synagogue

The Lisbon Synagogue, called Shaaré Tikvah (Gates of Hope) is a historical synagogue in Lisbon.

There have been Jews in Lisbon at least since the Middle Ages, but the community suffered a major blow in 1497, when an edict by King Manuel I ordered Jews either to convert to Christianity or to leave the country. All synagogues of Lisbon were confiscated by the King and given to Christian religious orders. For the Jews that converted to Catholicism, called New Christians (cristãos novos), the establishment of the Portuguese Inquisition in 1536 meant a permanent danger of being persecuted.

The situation for Judaism in Portugal changed at the beginning of the 19th century, when the Portuguese Inquisition was abolished and Sephardi Jews from Morocco and Gibraltar, mostly merchants, started to migrate to Lisbon and other parts of Portugal. During the whole 19th century, the small Lisbon Jewish community had no formal synagogue and had to celebrate their religious rites in private houses.

Finally, in 1897 a commission was established with the mission of building a central synagogue in Lisbon. The project was entrusted to the architect Miguel Ventura Terra, and the works began in 1902. The main facade of the synagogue faces an inner courtyard, since Portuguese law at the time forbade non-Catholic religious temples from facing the street.

Inaugurated in 1904, the Lisbon Synagogue was the first synagogue to be built in Portugal since the late 15th century. Ventura Terra conceived a temple in a style mixing Neo-Byzantine and Neo-Romanesque, consistent with the Oriental fashion for Synagogue architecture.

In 2004, a ceremony was held to celebrate the synagogue's 100th anniversary. Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio and Israel's Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar were among the speakers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mae d'Agua das Amoreiras Reservoir / Water Museum

4) Mae d'Agua das Amoreiras Reservoir / Water Museum

Moving around Lisbon, one can't help but notice the large-scale 18th-century aqueduct that runs for 19 km throughout the city. Yet, unbeknown to most, the aqueduct feeds into a beautifully designed reservoir complex known as the Mãe d'Água ("Mother of Water"). Situated within walking distance of the downtown area, in front of the Amoreira Gardens, is the entryway to this "temple of water" that houses a remarkable water tank, 7.5 m deep and with a total capacity of ~5500 m3.

Completed in 1834, the facility has been rendered obsolete by modern technology – yet, for a fee, visitors can climb to its very top where the roof terrace gives the advantage of a bird's eye view of the city and coast. It may feel like being in a trance for a moment or two, and what makes it even more interesting is that there's hardly anyone around. Despite having been classified as a national monument since 1910, the reservoir is not a tourist hotspot but, rather, a place to chill, to hide, or contemplate with a cool drink – at the same time making for good photo opportunities.

The Water Museum's elegant, refreshing interior is perfect for summer visits, and one can look along the inside of the section of the aqueduct that leads to it. A pool of water lies in the center of the floor while one side includes a moss/plant-covered wall. The space supposedly has the most amazing acoustics, and hence many artists have recorded here.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am–12:30pm / 1:30–5:30pm (closed on public holidays)
Amoreiras Garden

5) Amoreiras Garden

This wonderfully designed little gem of a garden located close to Amoreiras Shopping Center and steps away from LES SOURCES (a great French restaurant), limited by the physical presence of the massive Aqueduct, which in turn hosts a chapel under its big arches, and having as a neighbor the excellent small contemporary museum showcasing the work of 20th-century artists Árpád Szenes and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva. If these are not enough reasons to spend an entire afternoon, then the cherry on top is the typical Portuguese open-air kiosk/bistro serving snacks and beverages in the middle of the cozy garden – often with live music at the weekends.

The whole area feels like a village, surrounded by a cobbled road and low-rise traditional buildings, and inside the shady park you'll also find a small but very nice little playground.
Amoreiras Shopping Center

6) Amoreiras Shopping Center

Opened in 1985, well-positioned, well laid out, very clean, very relaxed, and with an irreverent design, the Amoreiras Shopping Center is one of Lisbon's most iconic commercial spaces. Guests will find a good selection of stores, a cinema, as well as a huge food court that is well used by customers, offering a good variety of eating experiences: from sushi to steak bars to burger joints, rounded up with Italian, dim sum, and some local Portuguese cuisine.

At a cost of €5, you can purchase a ticket to go up to the viewing platform, well worth it for the 360-degree vista. Especially if you have a prior reference of the city landmarks from street level only, it is quite an educational – not to mention impressive – experience. The open-air deck has no windows or fences obstructing the view, though one does get the full force of the wind. All that said, the views are amazing, staff is very friendly, access up and down is quick, and there is even a concrete slab that you can sit/stand on to take pictures, as well as a single bench for relaxation. Try it!

Opening Hours:
[Shopping Mall] Daily: 10am–11pm
[Viewing Platform] Mon-Fri: 10am–12:30pm / 2:30–6pm; Sat, Sun: 10am–6pm
Lisbon Aqueduct

7) Lisbon Aqueduct

The Águas Livres Aqueduct ("Aqueduct of the Free Waters") is a historic aqueduct in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the most remarkable examples of 18th-century Portuguese engineering. The main course of the aqueduct covers 18 km, but the whole network of canals extends through nearly 58 km.

The city of Lisbon has always suffered from the lack of drinking water, and King John V decided to build an aqueduct to bring water from sources in the parish of Caneças, in the modern municipality of Odivelas. The project was paid for by a special sales tax on beef, olive oil, wine, and other products.

Construction started in 1731 under the direction of Italian architect Antonio Canevari, replaced in 1732 by a group of Portuguese architects and engineers, including Manuel da Maia, Azevedo Fortes and José da Silva Pais. Between 1733 and 1736, the project was directed by Manuel da Maia, who in turn was replaced by Custódio Vieira, who would remain at the head of the project until around 1747.

Custódio Vieira conceived the centerpiece of the aqueduct, the arches over the Alcantara valley, completed in 1744. A total of 35 arches cross the valley, covering 941 m. The tallest arches reach a height of 65 m, and many are pointed, reminiscent of arches in Gothic style. It is considered a masterpiece of engineering in the Baroque period.

In 1748, although the project was still unfinished, the aqueduct finally started to bring water to the city of Lisbon, a fact celebrated in a commemorative arch built in the Amoreiras neighborhood.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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