- The stunning Praca do Comercio
- The quaint tram network of Lisbon
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- The mighty suspension bridge over the Rio Tejo
Praca do Comercio Lisbon
Praca do Comercio, Lisbon is the largest and grandest of the capital's squares. It is positioned at the southern edge of the Baixa district and over looking the River Tagus estuary. This mighty square was constructed as the gateway to Portugal, connecting the trade from the colonies with the merchants and financiers. Praca do Comercio indicates the power and wealth of Portugal during the 18th century which was based upon seafaring dominance and the grand square will equally impress victors today.
Praca do Comercio Lisbon Tourist Information
Praca do Comercio is one of the first sights or squares commonly visited by new tourists to Lisbon, as all roads in the Baixa district lead to the impressive river side square. The Praca do Comercio is a major hub for the tram network with trams travelling towards Belem or the Basílica da Estrela. The closest metro is in the south east corner of the square, Terreiro do Paço which is on the blue metro line. Terreiro do Paço is also the metro station for the newly refurbished ferry terminal
Praca do Comercio Lisbon Interesting Facts
Praca do Comercio translated into English means Commercial Square and this was the primary role of the area; during the 18th and 19th centuries traders would purchase the freshly arrived goods and financiers would speculate on voyages to the distant colonies. The fortunes of Lisbon, and possible Portugal, were amassed within the walls of Praca do Comercio.
Praca do Comercio is the largest of the 4 squares in down town Baixa and is the most southerly with one side opening directly on to the Rio Tejo (River Tagus) estuary. The 3 remaining sides are surrounded by grand yellow painted government offices which once regulated port activities and calculated customs on trade entering the city. At the north side is the Arco da Rua Augusta a magnificent arch leading to the most important street of Baixa the Rua Augusta. In the centre of the Praca do Comercio is a 14 meter bronze statue of King José I and to the north of the square is Lisbon’s oldest café the Martinho da Arcada. Continue to read the history of Praca do Comercio.
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