LISBON EXPO'98 VISION

Arco Triunfal - Rua Augusta 

Arco Triunfal is a monumental design element of Praca do Comercio square that was built to house government offices during Lisbon's reconstruction period shortly after the 1755 earthquake. Built as part of Pombal's reconstruction plan, Praca do Comercio was design by architect Verissimo da Costa of Portugal but construction of the arch top structure was not completed until 80 years later. Through the arch the bronze statue of King Joseph I, mounted on his horse, marks the focal point of Praca do Comercio. It is Lisbon's major business center and considered as one of the finest squares in Europe. Rua Augusta is a pedestrian street lined with shops and outdoor cafes.

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