Campo Santana, Surrounding a Garden
Campo Santana tops one of our seven Lisbon hills. It is bordered by two major avenues - Avenida de Liberdade, a luxury trade artery and Avenida Almirantes Reis, a street of diversity. Campo Santana is steeped in history as the slaughterhouses gave way to a bullring. Today, the large garden at its center connects several major avenues and serves as a meeting place for resident to stroll and converse and a place to play with children. A narrow slope at its western end leads down to the Avenida da Liberdade. These narrow, hilly streets could almost be called undiscovered, housing a predominantly elderly population of people who were born in this neighborhood. A strong sense of belonging, of community, effuses this space with hospitality. Many hospitals are located here, with plans to replace some of them with new hotels, housing, commerce, parking and recreation. This will bring new residents and visitors to the area. The east side of Campo Santana has wide streets on which stately mansions remain and that a younger population is renovating. Bordered by the districts of Estefânia and Arroios and just above Mouraria, Campo Santana shares some population characteristics of these areas - families and immigrants, respectively. It is these two faces of Campo Santana, with the garden as a focal point, that combine to create a very desirable neighborhood. The architecture, the Mirador do Torel and the neighborhood sentiments on its Western side are popular features. This area might have been overlooked in recent years yet the potential for growth and investment in this centrally-located zone suggests changes for the future. Avoid a steep climb from Avenida de Liberdade to Campo Santana by using the Elevador do Lavra, Lisbon's first.
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