Arco da Rua Augusta

Historic Building and Viewing Point in Lisbon

Arco Da Rua Augusta
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For a unique perspective of Lisbon, consider ascending one of the city’s iconic structures. Since August 9, 2013, the Arch has opened its doors to the public, providing an unparalleled view of Lisbon at your feet. Located on Rua Augusta, this triumphal arch has always impressed pedestrians with its grandeur.

Now, visitors can ascend to the top of this singular structure to take in an impressive view of Baixa and the river. The Arch symbolizes the rebirth of Lisbon after the devastating earthquake, fire, and tsunami in 1755 that destroyed much of the city. The Latin inscription, “The Virtues of the Greatest,” serves to affirm the strength, resilience, and achievements of the Portuguese people.

At the pinnacle of the arch are sculptures by Célestin Anatole Calmels depicting Glory crowning Genius and Valour. These values are sure to inspire visitors as they take in the 360-degree view of Lisbon’s finest sights. The remaining statues, by Victor Bastos, represent notable figures from Portuguese history. On the left is the Marquis of Pombal, followed by Vasco da Gama and Viriato, and on the right, Nuno Álvares Pereira.

Visitors can also explore the exhibition in the Clock Room to learn more about the arch’s history and significance.

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Visiting Arco da Rua Augusta





Address: Arco da Rua Augusta, Rua Augusta, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes
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