Rua Augusta Arch
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Lisbon's Triumphant Arch
Lisbon's Triumphant Arch
Lisbon's Triumphant Arch
Lisbon's Triumphant Arch
Lisbon's Triumphant Arch
Blame it on all those years admiring the Arc de Triumph in Paris as I made my way on my daily commute; but I love a beautiful and strong visual monument at the beginning or end of a grand avenue. This example of one in Lisbon is especially sweet. Originally designed to house a bell tower, the Rua Augusta Arch is a historical building on Commerce Square, that was built to commemorate the city's rebirth after the 1755 earthquake. How appropriate that a French sculptor is responsible for the stone representations of Glory, Valor and Genius at the top.
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The view at the top
After suffering some renovations and cleaning, the arch has now a lift that will take you to the terrace at the top of the arch and admire the downtown and also Praça do Comércio.

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