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We wandered down towards the ocean from our hotel and spent a lovely evening enjoying both the monuments and statues in this area. There are outdoor restaurants nearby and many places to shop on the "inside" of the gate. Fun people-watching, too!
Commemorating the rebuilding of Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake that destroyed much of lisbon, this is an impressive stone arch.
When you enter from the Rua Augusta pedestrian street, through the arch into Commerce Square you do get the sense of "arriving" somewhere.
As with every major european city, there is an arc of triumph. The arc is beautiful and worth coming to check out. There is plenty to do around this area and it is full of shops and food and drink stores.
This is the place for a KODAK moment. When you walk from the commercial area through the arch you are at the river. This is one of the places we visited that will remain in my memory of our visit to Lisbon.
A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the
imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!