Arco da Rua Augusta is a stone, triumphal arch-like, historical building and visitor attraction on the Praça do Comércio (square) in Lisbon, Portugal. It was built to commemorate the city’s reconstruction after the 1755 earthquake. Because of the top cornice’s great height (over 100 feet/30 m), the figures above it had to be made colossal. From 9th of August 2013 it is possible to reach the viewpoint at the top of the arch, using a lift and two flights of steep stairs.
Praça do Comércio (English: Commerce Square) is still commonly known as Terreiro do Paço because it was the location of the Paços da Ribeira until it was destroyed by the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake. After the earthquake, the square was completely remodelled as part of the rebuilding of the Pombaline Downtown.
June 15 & 17, 2017