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Principe Real Príncipe Real is one of the city's noble areas. Small palaces, charming houses, gardens with history. Next to Bairro Alto, between Rua da Escola Politécnica and Rua de São Bento, Príncipe Real stands out in calm and elegance. The Príncipe Real garden is the landmark of the neighbourhood. There is a reason: a huge cedar tree with more than 20 metres in diameter. In the 15th. century, this neighbpurhood was called Cotovia. A century later it became the garbage dump of Bairro Alto. Only in 1830, Lisbon Municipality turned the rubbish into a square with a romantic garden. In 1959 it was called Praça do Príncipe Real. During the fifties of the 20th. century, the construction of the Patriarchal Water Reservoir was concluded and besides supplying the garden, connected with come of Lisbon's fountains: Século, Loreto and S. Pedro de Alcântara. The garden (with an area of 3 acres) is inspired on English romantic tastes. At the centre there is a large lake with a jet fountain. Since 1915, the official name has been França Borges garden in honour of the republican journalist. There are other gardens to be discovered. Botanical Garden and Praça das Flores Garden, for example. The latter seems to have come out of a painting. In Summer it is a cool place and the esplanades are irresistible. Do not forget to visit Mercês (or Jesus) Church, Nossa Senhora da Conceição dos Cardais Church, National Museum of Natural History and the Amália Rodrigues House Museum (Rua de São Bento, 191-193). If you are an antique lover stroll down Rua de São Bento. You will not be disappointed. There are shops with prices to fit every purse. If you are a theatre lover, you do not have to leave the neighbourhood. Teatro da Politécnica (Rua Escola Politécnica, 56) and Teatro da Cornucópia (Rua Tenente Raúl Cascais, 1ª) are excellent choices. Public transport is easy. Rato metro station is 5 minuites away. Let yourself be charmed by Príncipe Real and feel like a king ... or a queen.