Location is always a plus when it comes to pick where to stay, in your travelling “get aways”. In Lisbon, staying downtown means to capture and enjoy its true essence, besides being the place where everything trully happens speaking of culture, atmosphere, night life, shopping, good-food, along with charming views.
But let us give you some culture:
GoodMorning Hostel is located at Restauradores Square (Praça dos Restauradores), between Avenida da Liberdade and Rossio, and was named as an honour to the restauration of the Independence in Portugal, after decades of spanish domination.
Portugal was plunged into a a royal crisis in 1587 following the death of the young King D. Sebastião at the battle of Alcácer Quibir in North Africa.
The King of Spain, Philip II, seized this regal vacuum and invoked his right to succession – he was the grandson of D. Manuel I of Portugal. He ascended to the throne and managed to achieve an Iberian Union for the first and only time.
Portugal was at the time one of the strongest naval powers in the world, but a big part of its naval fleet was destroyed, because of the involvment in conflicts with traditional spanish enemies such as England and Netherlands. Fearing for the loss of Portugal’s status, a revolution was led by the nobility and high bourgeoisie. On 1 December 1640, 60 years after the crowning of Philip I, the Portuguese monarchy was restored and and a new ruling dynasty, the House of Bragança, was founded and would last til the end of portuguese monarchy in 1910.
The obelisk right in the middle of the square was built in memory of the portuguese victory in 1st of December 1640, and carries the names and the dates of the battles fought in the restauration war.
If it wasn’t for them Lisbon would never be Lisbon!