Set in the historical centre of Lisbon (Chiado), the São Carlos Square has been a pivotal place in Portuguese cultural history. It’s the location of the São Carlos National Theatre – or São Carlos Royal Theatre, the most important opera house in Lisbon and one of the most important Portuguese theatres in general. With more than two centuries of history, the São Carlos National Theatre is an architectural landmark in the “late baroque” style. With its extravagant details and luxurious decoration it comes as no surprise that the late Royal Theatre was the place for many gala nights, such as the celebration of the queen’s Maria II wedding.
The history of this famous square does not resume to the luxury of past centuries however, since it´s also the birthplace of Fernando Pessoa, the illustrious Portuguese poet whose work is tightly connected to the São Carlos Square and its surroundings. While strolling in the area one might be transported to that young-spirited poetical Lisbon not only because of the cultural landmarks or literary references, but also because the Square still keeps his place in the heart of Lisbon, being next to another theatre, São Luiz, and halfway to Bairro Alto, Cais do Sodré, Bica and Rossio, the main arteries of the Portuguese cultural and nightlife.
This historical building has been a part of the renowned square since the late XVIII century and its renovation will restore the old pombalina flair from the times of queens and poets while counting with the Silver Keys Properties upscale finishing works making it as luxurious in today’s standards as it was more than two centuries ago. The ground floor will be used as an ultra-prime commercial space with the potential of creating another emblematic place in this emblematic square.