- By Kevin
- On Nov 29, 2017
- Travel Tips
As a destination Lisbon is significantly cheaper than many other European capitals with good value accommodation and inexpensive food. Public transport is safe and reliable but taxis are surprisingly cheap and often easiest/quickest means of travel when kids are in tow. And Lisbon for families, children and kids also a good place for travel.
Arco da Rua Augusta: A Triumphal Arch
Lisbon's huge riverfront square, Praça do Comércio, is impressive enough seen from the ground, but it's only when viewed from the Arco da Rua Augusta that its vast dimensions can really be appreciated. The landmark 19th-century arch lies at the northern edge of the concourse near the southern tip of Rua Augusta, the city's main pedestrianized thoroughfare. Designed by Portuguese architect Santos de Carvalho and built to mark the reconstruction of the capital after the 1755 earthquake, the monument was inaugurated in 1873. It's only recently that the public has been allowed to visit the top of the arch, where a terrace is surmounted by an allegorical statue of Glory, itself crowning figures representing Bravery and Genius and decorated with wreaths. Below this, an entablature supports additional statues of national heroes including Vasco da Gama and the Marquês de Pombal.
An elevator deposits visitors near the top, after which a steep spiral staircase needs to be navigated in order to reach the terrace. From here, the view south is majestic and stretches away across the square and over the river. Turn north, and the vista takes in Rua Augusta and Lisbon's entire Baixa (downtown) district. A mechanical clock on the platform made in 1941 strikes the hour and half hour. The clock's mechanism, based inside the arch, can be admired in all its intricate detail as can an illustrated panel outlining the arch's own historic timeline.
Address: Rua Augusta, Lisbon