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Shafariz da Esperança, Lisboa, Portugal, 2017[open in full screen]  

 
 

When approaching this area from the direction of Bairro Alto hills, nothing is preparing you for this very interesting space. In the strict sense of words, it is not a square but has a lot of square characteristics.

Chafariz da Esperança, designed by Carlos Mardel in 1752 as one of several fountains dispersed all over the city. This work was following the construction of the Águas Livres Aqueduct bringing water from 40km away Sintra, which was aimed at solving water supply issues in the Portuguese capital.

  The Senate of the Lisbon acquired a portion of land that belonged to the Franciscan convent of Our Lady of Hope, and built this fountain. The structure has two levels, each with a tank. The tank on the lower level was serving animals, and the upper served the people. This separation is an evidenced of concerns related to public health.

Of course as everywhere in Lisbon kiosk with refreshment is located here, serving local residents and passersby, together with few nice little restaurants, night club and graphic design/print studio. Every opportunity is used in Lisbon to place the monument for some important person. In this case Admirante Gago Coutihno, having something to do with improving the capabilities of the maritime navigation instruments.

  And again as usual, pedestrian area around fountain is extended to the available space across the Rue Esperanca, providing additional space for relaxations under the mature trees.

Just few steps up the Rue du Esperanca, very exciting Museu da Marioneta, is located in the Convento das Bernardas, founded in 1653, only Portuguese museum solely dedicated to the interpretation of the history of puppets.

 
           
   
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