Prazeres, Residential Elegance
The name translates to "Pleasures", and as Lisbon's largest cemetery was built here it seems natural that it is called the "Cemetery of Pleasures". The cemetery is somewhat of an open-air museum, a walk through Portugal's contemporary history of people and events. Forming one end of the line for Tram 28, this area offers a high volume of shops and restaurants and a hidden treasure-- the gracious palace and gardens of the Tapada das Necessidades. Situated in the upper part of the neighborhood, this landmark dates back to the late 1700s as the site of a convent. During the reign of Maria II, this palace became the official Portuguese royal residence. Under the patronage of her husband, D. Ferdinand (best known for building the Pena Palace), gardens and a small zoo appeared. Today, those who know the secret stroll this oasis of gardens, a domed greenhouse and D. Amelia's painting studio. Graceful residential areas on this hill maintain some of the oldest homes in Lisbon. Quiet avenues continue into the neighboring district of Santos where narrow streets lead to the Tagus. Families dominate the neighborhood that features small, traditional shops and stores.
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