The sign identify it as the Square D. Pedro IV and I wonder how many actually know it by this name. At the center the statue the man who give the other name to the Rossio, Pedro I of Brazil, the Soldier King, the “Libertador”, the Emperor, all in one.
Aos seus pés, quatro estátuas de figuras femininas que representam a Justiça, a Sabedoria, a Força e a Moderação. Nos extremos duas fontes idênticas que acrescentaram á praça em 1889.
D. Pedro was responsible for the Independence of Brazil and famous for its “Independence or Death” or “Dia do Fico”, where upon orders to return to Portugal he chose to stay in Brazil.
At his feet, four statues of female figures representing Justice, Wisdom, Strength and Moderation. In the side two identical fountains added that the plaza in 1889.
But the greatest monument is undoubtedly the National Theatre D. Maria II, with Diogo Infante in front of the theater art direction leading it into another era. Behind a past of great glory, operas and great actors who have stepped it’s stage names like Ruy de Carvalho, Eunice Muñoz and Amélia Rey Colaço.
Do lado esquerdo do Teatro está a estação de comboios do Rossio com a sua impressionante fachada.
Currently in theaters, “Amadeus” and “The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant“. I saw somewhere that they had guided tours although the times are not for everyone, only at Mondays 11:30. On the entrance floor there is a Amo.te Lisbon restaurant with a good terrace.
On the left side of the theater is the Rossio train station with its impressive facade.
E o outro clássico a Ginjinha. Tínhamos um aperto no coração, ficámos sempre na dúvida se a ASAE a tinha fechado de vez. Não, está aberta, felizmente. Não era no entanto a melhor hora (para nós pelo menos) para provar a especialidade da casa, gostamos mais de o fazer a seguir a um bom almoço ou jantar.
On the other hand, two major milestones in Rossio, the Pastelaria Suiça (Pastry) continues to serve as a meeting point as when it started in 1922.
And another classic the Ginjinha. Our heart was tight, we were always in doubt whether the ASAE had closed for good. It is open, thankfully. It was not however the best time (for us at least) to sample the house specialty, we like to do it after a good lunch or dinner.