Rua Augusta, 2 -101100-148 Lisboa
From the majestic Praça do Comércio by the river you’ll see the Arch of Rua Augusta, also known as the Triumphal Arch. It is the glorious entrance to downtown Lisbon, called Baixa Pombalina, one of the noblest and historic boroughs of the city. The arch layout was part of the plans ordered by the Marquis of Pombal to build a new city upon the ruins of the 1755 earthquake. Concluded in 1875 it pays tribute to the great figures of the Portuguese history. With the recent restoration a new attraction was opened; an elevator that enables the access to the top. The view from the top is unique and superb. One stands next to the sculptures of Célestin Anatole Calmels, and the river one of the noblest areas of the town are at your feet. One cannot escape the thrill of overlooking the big square with the statue of King D. José I right in the middle.