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Preplanned City Guides and Travel Itineraries

Praça do Comércio

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Praça do Comércio.

Praça do Comércio features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Lisbon City Guide3-day Lisbon City Guide5-day Lisbon City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Neo-classical square
  • Surrounded by elegant arcades

Time required: 15 minutes

Public transport:

  • Metro Line Blue: Baixa-Chiado station

Address: Praça de Comércio, 1100 Lisbon

Things you need to know:

  • Commerce Square is Lisbon's main plaza on the bank of river Tejo with a broad riverfront
  • Elegant arcades surround the square on three sides. They were built after the Great earthquake of 1755. More than 100.000 people died in the catastrophy
  • The bronze statue in the middle pays homage to King José (1750-77) for rebuilding the city
  • King José was an ineffectual king. Marquęs de Pombal held the true power and was the real man behind the reconstruction
  • Arco do Triunfo (Triumph Arch) marks the entrance to the buzzing Rua de Augusta, a pedestrian street in the Baixa neighborhood
  • Pombal erected the original arch after the Great earthquake. After his dismissal the arch was torn down. A new arch was put in place 100 years later in 1873
  • The figures on top of the arch represent Glory, Genius, and Valor

What to do there:

  • Walk around the square and take a look at the statue of Dom Jose I and to the Triumph Arch
  • Enjoy the view over the river Tagus (Rio Tejo)

Tips & Insights:

  • Pick up information and tourist discount cards from the Lisbon Welcome Center
  • Several sightseeing tour buses, trams, and buses also stop here

Praça do Comércio features in these preplanned City Guides: