Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, Lisbon

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara is a scenic garden with a beautiful, expansive view across Lisboa, to the center of the city and beyond to St. George’s Castle. In the lower, geometrically designed garden, visitors can enjoy seeing the display of the busts of Minerva, Ulysses and various other gods and heroic figures from Greek and Roman mythology and legends. Located on Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara, this large, luxurious garden also has a tiled map that contains all the major buildings and structures of note within Lisbon and the surrounding area.

Within the garden is the monument of Eduardo Coelho who founded the newspaper, Diário de Notícias. This statue, completed in 1904, was created by the Portuguese sculptor, Costa Motta. The garden is in the parish of Incarnation near the Bairro Alto. It includes a pond as well as an attractive gazebo from which visitors can see the beauty of the architecture of the eastern section of Lisbon, the Baixa district. From this location the southern bank of the Tejo river can also be seen. To enjoy an excellent, all-inclusive viewing of the entire panoramic scene when visiting the gazebo, guests can follow the Walk of Glory and ride the Gloria Elevator, a funicular, to higher levels of visibility.

The Gloria Elevator, a rail transit system built by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, was first opened for passenger transport in 1885. This train service first operated via a rack and cable system balanced by water weight. It was later changed to steam power, and its first trip fueled by electric current took place in 1915. From the vantage point reached by riding the Gloria funicular, guests can view locations as far away as Lisbon Cathedral in hills southwest of the city and the Church of Penha de França on the northwestern side of Lisbon. Viewers can also see Grace Church and the towers of the facade of São Vicente de Fora. This impressive panoramic view across Lisbon is especially beautiful in the early evening and at night when the lights of the Cathedral are shining brightly in the distance.

Directly across the street from the garden is the famed Port Wine Institute, the Solar do Vinho do Porto. The institute is located in a building constructed during the 18th century. While visiting, guests have the opportunity of sampling over 300 varied ports, and some vintages available for tasting date back as far as 1937. Other sites of great interest nearby to the Jardim de Pedro de Alcântara include the charming Botanical Garden, the lovely natural setting of the square called Principe Real and São Roque Church with the most expensively designed chapel in the world. Also in close proximity is Camões Square, a popular meeting place located between Chiado and Bairro Alto.

No visit to Lisbon would be complete without a visit to the enchanting Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. The garden’s own unique beauty and charm plus the glorious panoramic view across the historic and culturally rich cityscape of Lisbon are sights to be experienced and long remembered by all.