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Following the earthquake of 1755, plans were outlined for a new Praça do Comércio, the city’s great entrance. It was decided to erect a Triumphal Arch giving access to Rua Augusta, the main thoroughfare in the new urban layout.
On four of the Arch’s base columns can be seen the statues of Vasco da Gama and Viriato (east) and Marquês de Pombal and Nuno Álvares Pereira (west). These were created by sculptor Vítor Bastos, who is also responsible for the allegorical figures of the Tagus and Douro rivers reclining at the side of the upper structure. Crowning the whole is a group of allegorical scupltures by Anatole Calmels: Glory, standing in the middle, surmounting Genius and Valour.
So next time you are in downtown Lisbon climb the Arch and enjoy the magnificent views, just as we did!
In case you or your children want to know more about Lisbon historically and the devastating earthquake of 1755 in special visit Lisbon Story Center at Terreiro do Paço on the square of Praça do Comércio. Go to their fancy website for more information! The exhibition is interacive, so very suitable for children.
Buying a combined ticket for Lisbon Story Center and the Triumphal Arch will cost you 8 euro and your children 4,50 euros. Opening hours from 10 to 20.00 hours (19.00 hours last entrance). In Portugal they have special prices for families and students (showing a schoolpass will often do!). So Always have a look at the discounts museums and monuments offer.
Visiting Rua Augusta Arch
In case you only want to visit the Arch, go directly to the entrance in Rua Augusta and buy a ticket for the elevator that brings you almost to the top! Overlooking Praça do Comércio and downtown Lisbon only costs 2,50 euros. Opening hours: every day from 9.00 hours till 19.00 hours (from November 1st to Abril 14th) and later in other periods.
And the nice thing is: not many tourists have found their way to this Arch. So no queuing, yet…