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This pair of brightly coloured facades caught my eye on Avenida da Liberdade in central Lisbon. Below, stalls were in the process of being set up for the Saturday market.

Avenida da Liberdade (literally "Liberty Avenue" in Portuguese) is an important avenue in central Lisbon, Portugal. It is a 90 metre-wide boulevard, 1100 metres long, with ten lanes divided by pedestrian pavements and decorated with gardens. It links Restauradores Square with Marquis of Pombal Square. It is sometimes referred to by the inhabitants of Lisbon simply as the "Avenida" (the Avenue).

The Avenida da Liberdade, as well as the Restauradores Square, have their origins in a public park (Passeio Público) inaugurated in the area in 1764. Projected by Pombaline architect Reinaldo Manuel, the park was initially surrounded by a high wall. It was revamped in the 1830s and 1840s by architect Malaquias Ferreira Leal, who introduced a new arrangement of the flora as well as fountains, a waterfall and statues. The allegoric statues representing the Tagus and Douro rivers still existing in the boulevard of the Avenue date from this time.

After much discussion and polemics, the Avenue was built between 1879 and 1886, modelled after the boulevards of Paris. Its creation was a landmark in the Northwards expansion of the city, and it quickly became a preferred address for the upper class. Many of the original buildings of the Avenue have been demolished in the last decades and replaced by modern office and hotel buildings.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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