Thursday 1 November 2018

Praça do Comércio, Lisbon

Surely one of the largest squares in Europe, the  Praça do Comércio is lined by grand eighteenth century arcades on three sides and the riverfront on the fourth.  Although it lacks the intricate patterned cobbles that are a hallmark of historic Lisbon, the square's grandeur and harmonious architecture more than compensates. The imposing Arco da Rua Augusta and the handsome statue of Dom José I on horseback add theatre and charisma.