At the heart of Lisbon, near the Tagus river is the Praça do Comércio, the former commerce center of Lisbon. With the imposing statue of Dom José I, Verissimo da Costa’s grand Arco da Rua Augusta, and the vast empty space surrounded by gorgeous architecture, the square makes quite an impression. It has a glorious past, and has seen some of Lisbon’s most difficult times following the big fire, but has made it through the long years and is as remarkable as ever.
Lots you can do in the area. You can climb the Arco da Rua Augusta to get grand views from above, you can tour some of the wonderful nearby specialty museums, or you can take a trip back in time at the highly interactive modern Lisboa story to learn more about the history of this wonderful city. You can also just come see the river views, with lots of locals gathering around sunset to chill. Either way, it’s probably a spot not to be missed when touring around Lisbon.
Video of bird feeding on the boardwalk:
You’ll probably end up here at some point, but be sure to take the time and appreciate the beauty of this place and – if possible – take the time to get to know Lisboa and the history of the city and the square.