Praça do Comércio

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Also known as Terreiro do Paço, Praça do Comércio is one of the most majestic squares in Lisbon, and one of the largest in Europe.

Its name (Terreiro do Paço) dates back to the 16th century when it was the Palace of the Kings of Portugal. With the planning plan of the Marquês de Pombal (Minister of King José I) after the earthquake of 1755, this square became a fundamental element, appearing the denomination of “Praça do Comércio”, by the appreciation of the commercial, financial and bourgeoisie class, who contributed much to the reconstruction of Lisbon after the earthquake.

Considered the living room of the city, it was through the marble staircase next to the Tagus River, called Cais das Colunas, which for many centuries served as landing docks for Kings and Heads of State who visited the city and the country.

The square is characterized by its arched and yellow painted buildings, which today are occupied by various government departments, hotels, restaurants and cafes. This is where the oldest restaurant in Lisbon is located – the Martinho da Arcada. In the center of the square, facing the river, stands the bronze equestrian statue of D. José I, mounted on his Gentle horse, erected in 1775. On the north side is the Triumphal Arch of Augusta Street, majestic entrance to the lower Lisbon.

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Praça do Comércio 1100-148 Lisboa