Praca do Comercio
One of the most important squares in Lisbon is the Praça do Comércio. It is located near the capital river Tejo and is one of the sights of the city. The square is known for the oversized triumphal arch, the Arco da Rua Augusta and the equestrian statue of José I on the square.
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Praça do Comércio
Alongside the Rossio and the Praça da Figueira, the Praça do Comércio is one of the three most important squares within the Baixa district. The square, which translated means Square of Commerce, only got its name after the earthquake of 1755. Originally, the Paço da Ribeira – the royal bank castle – stood near the bank of the capital’s river Tejo. This served as the residence of the Portuguese kings for around 200 years. The square was therefore also called Terreiro do Paço before the earthquake. After the earthquake, the square was completely redesigned due to the destruction. The palace was not rebuilt.
The new rectangular plaza measuring 170 by 170 meters forms the entrance to the Baixa Pombalina district. To do this, you have to cross the Arco da Rua Augusta. The buildings around the square, which are arranged in a U to the Tagus, were designed by the Portuguese architect Eugénio dos Santos.
Visitors per year
The square is the hub of Lisbon, making it one of the most visited squares in the city. Exact figures are not available.
Praça do Comércio, 1100-148 Lisbon, Portugal
The place is open 24 hours a day.
The public square is freely accessible and no tickets are required.