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Arco da Rua Augusta

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"The city's great triumphal arch, a noble door that opens into the "Baixa", was designed during the time of the Marquês de Pombal, as a finishing touch to the north side of Praça do Comércio, but only built in 1862 and completed in 1873. At the top, an allegorical ensemble symbolizes the "Glory crowning Genius and Valor", a work by French sculptor Anatole Calmels. Immediately below are (from left to right) the statues of Viriato, Vasco da Gama, Marquês de Pombal and Nuno Álvares Pereira (these, by the Portuguese sculptor Vítor Bastos), flanked by representations of the Tagus and Douro rivers. The Latin inscription "virtvtibvsmaiorvm" (to the greatest virtues) summarizes the concept of the great values of the Portuguese Homeland and represents the tribute to its heroic ancestors who, also symbolically, face the Tagus from where the Portuguese left to discover new worlds and civilizations , opening the way to the universal meaning of the world."
"One of the most iconic sights of Lisbon, you can see the Arco da Rua Augusta from the Praça do Comércio square. If you fancy it, you can climb to the top for views of Lisbon. If you are lucky enough to visit in May, you'll find Lisbon's annual fair held here. Not to worry if you are visiting at any other time as you will still find a few stalls set up."
"At the end of Rua Augusta, you'll find the magnificent Rua Augusta Arch. This ornate triumphal arch stands as a symbol of Lisbon's renewal after the devastating earthquake of 1755. For a fee, you can ascend to the top for panoramic views of downtown Lisbon and the Tagus River."

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