Praca do Comercio, Lisbon

Praca do Comercio, Lisbon

Regarded as the Gateway to Lisbon and Portugal, the Praca Do Comercio was once the main commercial hub of the city where the wealth from the colonies was brought to enrich the city and the country. It is a large U shaped square facing the Tagus River.

The Praca Do Comercio is popularly known as Terriero do Paco or Palace Square. This is because it is on the site of the former royal Ribeira Palace. The palace and surrounding buildings were completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1755. The area was rebuilt as a square under the aegis of Marquis of Pombal. The square was renamed Praça do Comércio, the Square of Commerce, to indicate its new role in the economy of Lisbon. Architect, Euginio dos Santos designed the square in a U shape. The open end of the U shape faces the river and a large tower marks each end of the U. A large sculpture stands at the center of the square with the figures of Vasco da Gama and the marquis of Pombal among others. When Portugal was a flourishing colonial power, all government and port offices and commercial buildings were located around the square.

Today, the tourist office is located at the Placa Do Comercio. It is also the site of the oldest café in Lisbon, the Martinho da Arcada a well known meeting place of artists, writers and politicians.

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Sight Name: Praca do Comercio
Sight Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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