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Lisbon Sights

Praça do Comércio

Updated 12/31/1969

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Known also as the Terreiro do Paço, after the royal palace (the Paço) that once stood here, the Praça do Comércio is lined with 18th-century buildings. Down by the river, steps—once used by occupants of the royal barges that docked here—lead up from the water. On the north side, the Arco Triunfal (Triumphal Arch) was the last structure to be completed, in 1873. The equestrian statue in the center is of Dom José I, king at the time of the earthquake and subsequent

rebuilding. In 1908, amid unrest that led to the declaration of a republic, King Carlos and his eldest son, Luís Filipe, were assassinated as they rode through the square in a carriage. On Sunday morning a market of old coins and banknotes takes place in the arcades. The building also houses the

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