I love discovering new places and this weekend I told to myself I would do so! pined Torel on my map and went for it!
There is this Funicular that I see very often but never exploited, the Lavra Funicular, nor I knew where it leads only that its a long way up the hill. so, why not, up the hill it is!
On the top of this hill and a few meters ahead its the “Campo Mártires da Pátria”.
Right in front of this majestic entrance to the college there is a statue of Dr. Sousa Martins, “practiced as a doctor in the Pena area of Lisbon, specialising in the treatment of tuberculosis. His work was entirely on a secular basis, but he was noted in his life for the care he gave to the poor.” “This statue has become the centre of a quasi-religious cult in which the spirit Dr Sousa Martins is believed able to assist in cures. The foot of the statue is surrounded by marble plaques giving thanks to him for unexpected cures, some calling him “Brother”, candles burn all around it and flowers are placed there”. Wikipedia
“Campo Mártires da Pátria is a place full of history served as a slaughterhouse in the sixteenth century, as a bullring, from 1831 to 1891 and as a vegetable market in the mid-nineteenth century.” (wiki)
The reason I quote wiki is that I did not know this until I’ve researched for this post, you see, there are so many tributes and strongly spiritual places in Lisbon. To be honest I started this blog also the purpose to learn more about Lisbon and glad I did!
Very near from there, my final destination: Torel view-point. Seeing from outside its a very shy and underrated place, but one has to step inside the gardens and see for itself.
Breath taking view, funny chaise long that invite you for a reading, a cute and trendy terrace coffee, gardens and lots of space to hang out, sit, enjoy the view…
Amazing and a place to return as many times as possible.
In case you are questioning if you need to “trek” Lavra Funicular hilly street and rambling around just to find Torel Viewpoint, you don’t, you can just climb these stairs and you get there!