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Rua Augusta Arch

April 21, 2019

Arco da Rua Augusta is situated in Praça do Comércio or Commerce Square. Originally built as a clock tower, it was converted into an arch and viewing station more than a century later and has become somewhat of a Lisbon attraction and centerpiece. 

Primarily built to celebrate the city’s reconstruction after the 1755 earthquake, the arch had six columns each of 11 meters height and decorated with the statues of historical figures. There is also the Portuguese Coat of Arms engraved with the statues of Glory, Valor, and Genius. This represents the strength, resilience, and achievements of the Portuguese people.

There is a lift in the arch to carry you to the top, providing a beautiful view of Praça do Comércio, the River Tejo, and Castelo de São Jorge.

Other Squares & Districts Nearby:

  • Feira da Ladra: A lively outdoor market offering both new and used products. Markets of this type have pleased bargain hunters since the 12th century.

  • Praça do Comércio: Is the square that the arch is situated in and is home to many restaurants and bars by the river.
  • Alfama: The Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the São Jorge Castle and the Tejo river.
  • Rossio Square: is the popular name of the Pedro IV Square (Praça de D. Pedro IV) in the heart of the city! You will find the opera house, theatres and many restaurants and bars to refresh on your Lisbon visit!

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