The history of the Rossio station and the location of the hotel
Located in the Baixa neighbourhood, in what is called Lisbon's 'lower' old town, the Rossio station is amongst one of the country's most beautiful. With its rows of windows and clock tower standing atop the structure, it is an example of one of Portugal's distinctive architectural periods, the neo-manueline. The building has a unique charm and its interior is always welcoming to passengers. Still in use today, the Rossio station serves two of the country's important regions by rail.
The history of the Rossio station
Built in 1888, the Rossio railway station is located at the very centre of Lisbon. It used to belong to the Royal Society of Portuguese Railways and was designed by the architect José Luís Monteiro. Resembling an Eastern Indian palace, the façade of the Rossio station, also called 'Estaçao Central', has two horseshoe shaped doors. Its numerous windows arranged over two floors present a baroque style reminiscent of the late 18th century. Trains leaving this wonderful station are those heading for Sintra and Leiria. The first in the closest, situated 30 kilometres away from Lisbon. With its wealth of culture, buildings and ancient manors, it forms part of Portugal's national heritage. Approximately 149 kilometres from Portugal's capital is Leiria, also an important tourist and religious site. Sintra or Leiria, the choice is yours as you embark at the Rossio station. The catholic shrine of Fatima is not far away. Leaving a railway platform will never be as peaceful as when departing from the Rossio station.
The hotel is ideally located in the Rossio neighbourhood
The 9 Hotel Mercy is a four star design hotel near the Rossio station. Given the architecture surrounding the Rossio square, several artistic and historical visits are readily accessible: on foot or by funicular. Amongst other, you will find the Marquis Castelo Melhor's palace which was sold around 1889 to the Marquis Da Foz. The Rossio neighbourhood also houses a site home to a thousand tales having left their mark on Portugal such as the sculpture and obelisk commemorating the country's 1640 revolt against Spanish oppression. It is called: 'Praça Dos Restauradores'. Rossio square also offers a baroque as well as modern landscape. The statue of King Don Pedro IV stands at the very centre of the square and is a reminder, according to his pedestal, of all the qualities embodied by kind ruler. Additionally, the diverse festivities and the local inhabitants' cheerfulness leave no one indifferent. Whether they are first-timers or regulars, the feeling of discovery remains unchanged when visiting this part of Portugal.