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Rossio square in a very cloudy day

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The Rossio is the popular name of the Pedro IV Square (Portuguese: Praça de D. Pedro IV) in the city of Lisbon, in Portugal. It is located in the Pombaline Downtown of Lisbon and has been one of its main squares since the Middle Ages. It has been the setting of popular revolts and celebrations, bullfights and executions, and is now a preferred meeting place of Lisbon natives and tourists alike.

The current name of the Rossio pays hommage to Pedro IV, King of Portugal as well as first Emperor of Brasil (as Pedro I). His bronze statue is seen on top of a column in the middle of the square.

The heart of the city is the Baixa (Downtown) or city centre; this area of the city is being considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The Baixa is organised in a grid system and a network of squares built after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, which levelled a great portion of the medieval city. The Castle of São Jorge and the Lisbon Cathedral are located on one of the seven hills of Lisbon, to the east of the Baixa. The oldest district of the city is Alfama, close to the Tagus, which has made it relatively unscathed through the various earthquakes.

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A Praça de D. Pedro IV, mais conhecida pelo seu antigo nome de Rossio, tem constituído o centro nevrálgico de Lisboa desde há seis séculos. Assistiu a touradas, festivais, paradas militares e também a autos-de-fé durante a Inquisição.

Hoje assiste a ocasionais comícios políticos, e os seus sóbrios edifícios pombalinos, estão ocupados por lojas de recordações, joalharias e cafés.

Em meados do século XIX a praça foi calcetada a preto e branco, com padrões ondulantes. Foi um dos primeiros desenhos desse tipo a decorar os pavimentos da cidade. No lado norte da praça fica o Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, que recebeu o nome da filha de D. Pedro, D. Maria II. From Wikipedia

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