Praça Rossio has seen celebrations, revolts, bullfights, and executions -- if it captured the heart of the city, almost certainly, it happened here. Today, Praça Rossio remains Lisbon's “Common Square” though it may have strayed a bit from its rough and tumble roots as the city’s central gathering place. Now a days tourists and locals alike come here to take in the ebb and flow of humanity that captures in ever-shifting snap shots the zeitgeist of the Lisbon of the moment. The large white building at the north end of the square is the D. Maria II Theater, which was originally the site of the 15th century Palace of Estaus, where foreign dignitaries were received in Lisbon during the start of the Age of Discovery. While here, stop by the Café Nicola, where poet Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage was known to meet fellow Bohemians for inspiration. Also, make sure to visit Pastelaria Suíça or the Ginjinha for a heartening taste of Ginjinha, Lisbon's liquor of choice.
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