A garden with many lives
During the French invasions it was a line of defence of the city and also functioned as a tax collection post. Today it is one of the most central green spaces in the city.
In the second half of the nineteenth century, when this space gained its current configuration, it was called Largo da Aguardente and even had a bullring. In 1898 it was landscaped, a mall and a bandstand were built which still stand today. The name pays homage to the Marquês de Pombal, minister of king D. José, who played a crucial role in the History of Portugal.
In the XXI century, with the construction of the metro line and the urban renewal of Porto 2001 – European Capital of Culture, it gained two new elements: a circular fountain was assembled which for many years had been placed in Praça D.João I and access to the subway station was built, which is camouflaged with hedges of camellias.
On the west side of the garden is the Church of the Immaculate Conception, built in 1938.
How to get there:
STCP Buses: 203, 206, 302, 303, 402, 701, 702, 703, 805 and 800
Underground line: D