Praça do Comércio
Statue of Dom José I
Rising from the centre of triumphant Praça do Comercio, the dashing equestrian statue of Dom José I hints at the square’s royal roots as...
Arco da Rua Augusta
This triumphal arch was built in the wake of the 1755 earthquake. A lift whisks you to the top, where fine views of Praça do Comércio,...
This excellent company, with well-informed, English-speaking guides, offers themed walking tours through Lisbon, which depart from the...
Spit & Polish
Occasional gay club night, usually held at Ministerium Club (www.ministerium.pt) on Praça do Comércio in Lisbon.
Can the Can
The pick of the restaurants facing Lisbon's biggest plaza, Can the Can literally does what it says on the tin – paying homage to the...
Praça do Comércio information
With its grand 18th-century arcades, lemon-meringue facades and mosaic cobbles, the riverfront Praça do Comércio is a square to out-pomp them all. Everyone arriving by boat used to disembark here, and it still feels like the gateway to Lisbon, thronging with activity and rattling trams.
At its centre rises the dashing equestrian statue of Dom José I , hinting at the square’s royal roots as the pre-earthquake site of Palácio da Ribeira. In 1908, the square witnessed the fall of the monarchy, when anarchists assassinated Dom Carlos I and his son. The biggest crowd-puller is Verissimo da Costa’s triumphal Arco da Rua Augusta , crowned with bigwigs such as 15th-century explorer Vasco da Gama; come at dusk to see the arch glow gold.