History of Plaza Luis Camoes and location of the hotel

For your stay in Lisbon, the Luís Camoes Square, also called "Largo do Camoes", is a dedication by the country's leaders to one of its most famous poets, who evoked the deep history and customs of Portugal. 11 meters high and decorated with rich 16th century engravings, a statue of him is located in the center of the square. It is located between the border of Chiado and Bairro Alto with a general theme reminiscent of the Portuguese caravel, the mermaid and the sea.

History of Luís Camoes Square

It was around 1862, during the time of King Luis I, that the architect Vitor Bastos, in homage to the author of the poem of the Lusiades: Luís Vas de Camoes, erected a huge bronze statue of the latter. Statues of seven of Portugal's greatest writers, critics and poets adorn the pedestal of the statue of Luís Camoes. A true symbol of epic literature, this renowned author gives his name to a beautiful open space square. The beauty of the architectural buildings and the drawings that are engraved on the ground give the charm to this historical place that has become more and more touristic. Its black and white cobblestones and the two large churches of Loreto and Encarnaçao that surround it blend in perfectly with the statue of Luís Camoes in the centre of the square. As the number of visitors to the square has increased over the last twenty years, an underground car park has been built for the convenience of the vehicles of the various tourists. Being the main stop of tramway no. 28, it is an essential stopover for a tourist tour of Lisbon.

An emblematic square in Bairro Alto

As lively, warm and pleasant as the surrounding districts, Luís Camoes Square stands out as the limit of the  upper district of Bairro Alto. Located close to Luís Camoes Square, the 9 Hotel Mercy remains the most appropriate place to stay to admire the view. The four stars of which it is a four-star hotel are affirmed by the fact that it is a hotel with Rooftop in the Bairro Alto, also equipped with a bar with pleasant refreshments. During the day, the Luís Camoes square gives a sparkle and towards nightfall, it illuminates the darkness of the alleys leading up to the top, but also the bars and the beautiful echoes of the Fado houses. The Pombalin-style buildings exude a particular sobriety that is typical of the Portuguese neoclassical style. With the presence of the legendary bar "A Brasileira", which has welcomed countless figures of Portuguese literature such as the writer Fernando Pessoa, contemplate all the beauty of the surroundings. Churches in Italian style in the heart of Portugal, typical and gastronomic Portuguese restaurants and monuments and paintings of illustrious figures are present around Luís Camoes Square for a clear return to the past. One can imagine the atmosphere of yesteryear that dominated there thanks to these mythical places.


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