Dominating the north side of the square is the mighty Rua Augusta Arch, supported by six columns support a broad cornice emblazoned with the Portuguese coat of arms. Atop the structure is not the bell tower as originally planned but a group of statues representing Glory rewarding Valour and Genius designed by the French sculptor Célestin Anatole Calmels
(1822- 1906). These triumphant sculptures do not celebrate a famous battle but the victory over tragedy. Below Calmels's statues are the figures of Viriatus, Nuno Álvares Pereira, Vasco da Gama and Marquis of Pombal designed by Vítor Bastos.
Opened to the public in August 2013 after being totally renovated, visitors are able to enjoy the fabulous viewpoint at the top via an elevator where you're able to enjoy 360º views. Inside, in the Clock Room (Sala do Relógio), visitors can also discover the history of the Rua Augusta Arch, from the moment construction began after the earthquake until its completion in 1875. Its clock face is on the northern side of the arch overlooking the Rua Augusta
Daily: 09h00 - 19h00 |
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78 - 81 Terreiro do Paço, 1100-148, Lisboa, Portugal |
38º 42' 28.7" N | 09º 08' 8.6" W