Rua Augusta Arch
is also called the Triumphal Arch of Lisbon
. It got its name because of the Rua Augusta street that starts behind it. This way connects Commerce Square
(Praça do Comércio) and Rossio Square
(Praça do Rossio). There are many shops and cafes on it, street musicians also perform here and this street is usually very busy. So we recommend you keep an eye on your things while walking here.
is located in the Baixa area. And it is one of the largest squares in Europe. The monarchy rebuilt it after the earthquake and tsunami of 1755. The Marquis of Pombal was engaged in the restoration of the city. The arch is a symbol of Lisbon
's rebirth and a solemn gateway to the city. In 1777, Queen Maria I ascended the throne and sent the Marquis of Pombal into exile. Then work on the square and the arch stopped. Finally, many years later, Queen Maria II, who replaced Maria I on the throne, resumed construction again. But things went very slowly. And only at the end of 1873 the state completed the construction.
In the center of the arch there are the figures of Glory, Valor and Genius. Next to them, you can see the monuments to Viriato, Vasco da Gama, the Marquis of Pombal, and Alvares Pereira. On the side, designers placed statues that symbolize the main rivers of the country - Tagus and Douro.
In 2013, an observation deck
was opened on the roof of the arch for free general visiting. The platform has a stunning view of the Commerce Square
, the river Tagus and the Castle of St. George
. The most beautiful landscape will be at sunset, when everything takes on golden and pink tones. The observation deck can be reached by elevator, but only to the middle of the way. Further up two spiral staircases lead. But since they are very narrow, traffic lights will help you to pass the opposite groups.