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Arco da Rua Augusta

Discover the view over Lisbon from the top of Arco da Rua Augusta

Many people visit Praça do Comércio and look at the beautiful Arco da Rua Augusta in Lisbon's city centre. But did you know you can also visit it and enjoy a stunning view over Lisbon?

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A little bit of history

The Arco da Rua Augusta in the city centre of Lisbon is a site that is hard to miss. The famous triumphal arch is located at Praça do Comércio, a beautiful square on the river Tagus. The historical building was built after the 1755 earthquake to commemorate Lisbon’s reconstruction.

Visit the famous arch

Many people walk by Rua Augusta Arch daily, but climbing to the top is worth it! You’ll enjoy an iconic 360º view over Lisbon and Praça do Comércio! The building opened to the public in 2013, and the entrance price is just €3 per adult. With the Lisboa Card, you can enter the building for free.

Some fun facts about Arco da Rua Augusta

The Rua Augusta Arch consists of six columns and is 11 meters tall. Arco da Rua Augusta was initially built as a bell tower, and inside you’ll spot clockworks and the bell. In the Clock Room, you’ll see an educational exhibition where you will learn more about the history of the arch.

The arch is richly decorated, and you’ll notice several statues of historical figures on the top. The French sculptor Célestin Anatole Calmels made the sculpture representing the Glory crowning Genius and Valor. Other sculptures are created by Victor Bastos and represent Marquis of Pombal, Nuno Álvares Pereira, Vasco da Gama and Viriato.

So don’t just walk past the arch; all in all, it’s well worth a visit! Afterwards, you can enjoy a drink at Praça do Comércio, walk along the river Tagus, or have a look in the shops around Rua Augusta. Other sites within reach are the Sé of Lisbon, the Santa Justa Elevator and the neighbourhood of Alfama.

How to get to Arco da Rua Augusta

You’ll find the arch at the end of Lisbon’s main pedestrian street, Rua Augusta. The buses and trams stop in front of the arch. If you come by metro, the closest station is Terreiro do Paço on the Blue Line.

If you have questions about Lisbon public transport, check out this post!

Written by Marga

Written by Marga

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I’m Marga, the blogger and photographer behind this site! I live in Lisbon, and I’m a cat-mum to 13-year-old Savage. I love coffee, cheese, a good book and exploring this beautiful country. I write about Lisbon and the rest of Portugal, and I hope this website will help as an inspiration for your holiday.

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