By Kenneth Barrett
Take a sequence of unforgettable strolls down the again lanes of historical Bangkok!
Bangkok is among the world's maximum towns and a number one vacationer vacation spot, visited via thousands every year. however it could be a bewildering position additionally. First-time viewers, now not figuring out what to anticipate, stumble upon never-ending boulevards hooked up via an enormous maze of tiny part streets. A walk down any of those lanes can demonstrate attention-grabbing surprises—beautiful palaces and mansions, shophouses and shrines, eating places and markets. yet how to define your means during the maze?
22 Walks in Bangkok is helping you find hidden gemstones chanced on in the course of the urban through offering each one local as a special village—explaining the way it developed, and describing its historical landmarks intimately. writer Ken Barrett is a long-time Bangkok resident and skilled journalist, and he introduces the real temples, church buildings, shrines and mosques in loving aspect, sketching their historical past and special positive factors. The reader is skillfully guided during the outdated neighborhoods of Bangkok from the guts to the outer edge, alongside slim lanes and byways hardly ever obvious via foreigners.
22 Walks in Bangkok leads the customer on a special trip of discovery and permits you to have fun with this interesting urban in new and intriguing methods.
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Statue of St. Vincent The church of Santa Luzia Largo das Portas do Sol has its own terrace viewpoint on a converted rooftop on the east side of the Santa Luzia church. has 18th-century blue and % white azulejo panels on its south wall. ) $ * ; 8? 8A 4 4A EH . B Castelo de São Jorge KEY Suggested route 0 metres 0 yards 25 25 STAR SIGHTS . Miradouro de Santa Luzia . Museu de Artes Decorativas . Miradouro de Santa Luzia The view from this bougainvillea-clad terrace spans the tiled roofs of the Alfama toward the Tagus.
Devastated by fire in 1988, the former elegance of this quarter has now been restored. On Largo do Chiado stand two Baroque churches: the Italian church, Igreja do Loreto, on the north side and opposite, Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, whose exterior walls are partly decorated with azulejos. Replacing a former opera house which was ruined by the earthquake of 1755, the Teatro de São Carlos was built in 1792–5 by José da Costa e Silva. Designed on the lines of La Scala in Milan, the building has a beautifully proportioned façade and an enchanting Rococo interior.
H B E B 4 B 7 Largo do 4 Chiado is flanked B 6 ; <4 7 B by the churches of Loreto and Nossa Senhora da Encarnação. E H 4 : Rua Garrett E E 8 Tavares, at No. 37 Rua da Misericórdia, first opened as a café in 1784. Today it is an elegant restaurant (see p131) decorated at the turn of the century with mirrors and elaborate stucco designs. G Chiado G is the main shopping street of the Chiado. 4 Suggested route Baixa/Chiado 50 KEY 0 yards 50 0 metres The statue of Eça de Queirós (1845–1900), by Teixeira Lopes, was erected in 1903.