MIRADOURO DE SANTA CATARINA
A terrace with a view
Behind Camões Square,
Rua do Loreto separates Bairro Alto from the
neighborhood of Santa Catarina. This area of endearing streets with
pastel-painted houses has a few restaurants and bars but is mostly known for
its garden with a terrace offering river views. Facing the terrace, the
river, and 25 de Abril Bridge is a stone figure of Adamastor, a mythical sea
monster from the epic poem "The Lusiads." There is also a pleasant cafe
where locals go to admire the dawn view over the Tagus.
Standing behind it is a yellow mansion housing the Museum of Pharmacy which presents the historic evolution and technology of pharmacy through instruments, old flasks, and other pharmaceutical paraphernalia.
Before reaching this miradouro walking up Rua do Loreto, one comes across a yellow funicular chugging down the hill. That's Elevador da Bica, inaugurated in June of 1892, at the time operated by a water counterweight.
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How to Visit
Roque Church - Home of the world's most expensive chapel
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara - A garden with a panoramic view over the city.
Camões Square - A busy square and meeting place between Chiado and Bairro Alto.
Chiado Museum - Museum of Portuguese contemporary art.
São Carlos Theater - The city's La Scala-inspired opera house.
Carmo Church - Romantic Gothic ruins evocative of the Great Earthquake.
Principe Real - Charming leafy square.
Botanical Garden - An enchanting botanical garden.