Praça do Comércio
Praça do Comércio, Lisbon, Portugal
Praça do Comércio Lisbon Reviews
Nice & Big Square ! Mar 06, 2011
Lisbon's grandest square faces the river and was originally used to welcome those arriving in the city by boat.
This is the 18th century version (renovated in 2010) of the original square which was named "Terreiro do Paço" and home to the royal palace.
It was all destroyed by the 1755 earthquake and rebuilt with a triumphal arch facing the river.
The arcaded buildings that surround it hold government offices while in the center is a monument to King José I.
It is also home to one of the city's most historical cafés ("Martinho da Arcada") which stands under one of the arcaded buildings.
On another side of the square is a tourist office and shop, as well as a couple of cafés and restaurants with tables on the terrace outside.
Some photos to have a look :)
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