In 1755 Lisbon suffered from an earthquake which was followed by a Tsunami and fires. It was a devastating event for such a powerful city which was so influential on global affairs at that time.
Praça do Comércio is the main square in Lisbon and was built in the aftermath of the quake. With its impressive arch and a bronze centre piece statue of King José I must have sent a bold statement to the world that Portugal was back on its feet! You’ll notice that all the buildings in this part of the city are newer (post 1755) and the streets run in a grid. During the summer months there may also be some free outdoor events or concerts hosted here, so do keep a look out!
Underneath the arches you will find restaurants, cafes and sometimes market stalls. There is also the Museum of Beer which you can take a tour of or perhaps a cold glass to cool down. You can also go to the top of the arch for a nominal charge and you will be impressed by the views.
You will also notice Tuk-Tuks parked up in this area of Lisbon. A Tuk-Tuk Tour costs approx €50 for an hour and can take up to 4 people. It's well worth taking as you will not only get a great perspective of the city and it's hills but also a short but interesting history lesson too.Map Location: Praça do Comércio