Avenida da Liberdade is Lisbon´s Champs-Elysées
This avenue features prestigious shops, hotels, theaters and historic buildings
Avenida da Liberdade is a major artery of Lisbon, linking the Restauradores Square to Marques de Pombal. Built in the style of the Parisian Champs-Elysées, this avenue is the ultimate luxury shopping destination in Lisbon. Being about 90 meters wide and over one kilometer long, it has several traffic lanes and wide forested sidewalks, covered with cobblestone.
Both the Avenida and the Restauradores Square have their origins in the old Passeio Publico, which begun in 1764. Initially walled, the slope was subject to great changes in the 1830s and 1840s, which introduced a new arrangement of gardens and fountains with waterfalls, as well as allegorical statues. Avenida da Liberdade, as we know it today, was built between 1879 and 1886, inspired by Parisian boulevards. Its creation was a landmark in the expansion of the city in northern direction.
This area contains many theaters and beautiful old buildings, although many have been replaced over the past decades by the commercial buildings and hotels. However, even today the avenue contains very interesting buildings, many of which won the Valmor Prize, such as the houses number 206 to 218, in Art Noveau style, where the Prada store is now located. Here the statues of writers are also placed, such as: Almeida Garrett, Alexandre Herculano, among many others, and Monument to the Dead of the Great War, inagurated in 1931.
Its prestigious shops, hotels, theaters and historic buildings have turned the avenue into a tourist landmark of the city. It is considered the 35th most expensive avenue in the world. Therefore it was classified, in June 2013, as a Public Interest Group.