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Monday, February 29, 2016

Praça Do Comércio (Lisbon)

Praça Do Comércio !

 Praça do Comércio is  situated near the Tagus river, the square is still commonly known as Terreiro do Paço  because it was the location of the Pacos da Ribeira (Royal Ribeira Palace) until it was destroyed by the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake. After the earthquake, the square was completely remodelled .

The square was named Praça do Comércio, the Square of Commerce, to indicate its new function in the economy of Lisbon. The symmetrical buildings of the square were filled with government bureaus that regulated customs and port activities. The main piece of the ensemble was the equestrian statue of King José I, inaugurated in 1775 in the centre of the square.

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