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Avenida da Liberdade


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Avenida da Liberdade is an important avenue in central Lisbon, Portugal. It is a 90 metre-wide boulevard, 1100 m long, with ten lanes divided by pedestrian pavements decorated with gardens. It links Restauradores Square with Marquis of Pombal Square. It used to be referred to by the inhabitants of Lisbon simply as the "Avenida" .
The Avenida da Liberdade, as well as the Restauradores Square, have their origins in a public park inaugurated in the area in 1764. Projected by Pombaline architect Reinaldo Manuel, the park was initially surrounded by a high wall. It was revamped in the 1830s and 1840s by architect Malaquias Ferreira Leal, who introduced a new arrangement of the flora as well as fountains, a waterfall and statues. The allegoric statues representing the Tagus and Douro rivers still existing in the boulevard of the Avenue date from this time.


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Rua Rodrigues Sampaio, 31, 1150-278 Lisboa, Portugal

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