Praça do Comércio (Terreiro do Paço)1100-148 Lisboa
This grand square is also known as Terreiro do Paço in memory of the original royal palace that was completely destroyed by the earthquake (and subsequent tsunami) in 1755. A reference work of Pombal's reconstruction efforts, it gave continuity to the square it replaced. During the Age of Discoveries it was the main exit of the city to the sea and the centre of Lisbon life. And so it remains being the scene of numerous historical events. It has a rectangular shape defined by three wings arranged in U, opening south of the Tagus estuary. At the centre a special emphasis to the equestrian statue of King D. José I by Machado de Castro, and the two square towers that finish plan, opening the square to the river and to the Columns Pier. Another striking element is the Triumphal Arch built on the alignment with Augusta Street; it was recently restored and is now open to the public offering a spectacular view. The Comércio Square has gained in recent years a new life thanks to restaurants and terraces that have been born beneath the arches of the buildings where before only government offices existed. It is also here that you’ll find the Lisbon Story Centre, an interactive exhibition that describes, from the past to the present, the most significant historical events of Lisbon.