Parque Eduardo VII (Edward VII Park)
João Cutileiro's sculpture is a must-see: guess why it generated such a huge controversy?
At first sight, Lisbon might seem devoid of large green areas like London's Hyde Park or Madrid's El Retiro. However, this modern garden downtown bears a significant resemblance to those. Ideal for flopping on the grass on a sunny day, it was named after Edward VII of England, who visited the Portuguese capital in 1902 to secure unity in the Atlantic axis. In a city as hilly as Lisbon, its main garden is also a long green slope with the Tagus as a backdrop, near which we find some of the tourist attractions of the city as Estufa Fria or Pavilhao Carlos Lopes (Carlos Lopes Pavilion), aptly named after the winner of the 1984 Olympic marathon. At the north end, is the 25th of April Monument, which honours the day of the Carnation Revolution that ended years of dictatorship. The sculpture is the work of João Cutileiro and its shape proved controversial in the city. The curious traveller should judge why ...
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