The Bairro Príncipe Real is one of the noble zones of the city. Small palaces, charming houses, gardens with history. Next to Bairro Alto, between Rua da Escola Politécnica and Rua de São Bento, Principe Real stands out for its calm and elegance. The Garden of Príncipe Real is the ex-libris of the neighborhood. There is a reason: a huge cedar of 20 meters in diameter. In the 15th century, this area was called Alto da Cotovia. A century later it was the rubbish dump of Bairro Alto. It was only in 1830 that the Lisbon City Council transformed the garbage dump into a square with a garden. In 1859 it was called Praça do Príncipe Real. The Garden was inspired by the English romantic taste. In its center stands a large lake with a fountain. The official designation of the garden is, since 1915, Jardim França Borges,a republican journalist, but there are other than gardens to discover in this zone. The neighborhood is very quiet, which contrasts with its main streets: Rua D.Pedro V, Rua da Escola Politecnica and Rua de S. Bento where there are traditional shops with prices for everyone, restaurants and bars. If you like antiques, you’re in the right place. You can be amazed with the antiques presented by the many antique shps of the area. Stroll in the Ruelas that descend from the Principe Real to Rua de S.Bento and enjoy the view of the palaces and manor houses.