Photographer's Note

Praca de Comercio (Commerce Square) also known as Terreiro de Paco (Palace Territory) is clearly a reference to the palace that was located here for 400 years, until the 1755 earthquake that almost completely destroyed it. The specious arcaded building of old palace located around three sides of the square are now occupied by the government administrative offices and some restaurants. Praca de Comercio is very impressive manly because of the huge amount of space it occupies. In the middle of the square stands a statue of King Joseph I on the horse made by Joaquim Machado de Castro in 1774. On the north side of the square is a triumphat arch that leads to Rua Augusta and one of the city's legendary cafe, Cafe Martinho de Arcada (Lisbon's oldest cafe). Since August 2013 the top of the Arch is open for tourists. It offers a very beautiful view of the Rua Augusta, St George's Castle, the River Tagus and of course Comercio Square.

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