Parque Eduardo VII
The Park Eduardo VII is an emblematic panoramic corridor that makes the entrance to Lisbon, descending it you can contemplate the city waiting for the walker inviting him to adventure himself. It is the address of Estufa fria (cold greenhouse) that has tropical and exotic plants and where at the entrance you can encounter a captivating lake, perfect for a diversion from the whirling of contemporaneous life.
The name was given at the time of visit from the king of England in 1903, made with the purpose to find an alternative to the extinct public promenade of Avenida da Liberdade and become a green extension of it. Since the ending of the 19th century several projects with different architectonic appropriations of the place have been rejected, until Keil do Amaral conducts its rehabilitation, giving it the aspect that it has today. The book fair is made there every spring.
With different sculptures spread around, you can see as well the pavilion Carlos Lopes, inaugurated at the time of the hundredth celebration of Brazil independence, where very close you can enjoy an esplanade by a lake with swans and ducks. If you keep on going up you will find as well the new Garden Amália Rodrigues made by the Portuguese landscaper Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles.
The Park gives shelter to different species of trees, blue jacarandas, benjamin´s fig, metrosideros, chestnut tree, the ombú, the giant white bird of paradise and the black poplar, oak trees, carob tree, pine tree and platanus. All of them keep company to the ramp, in Portuguese pavement hedgerows with bushes in geometrical shape, that makes this public promenade.