The Commerce Square in Lisbon (Praça do Comércio), also known as Terreiro do Paço, started by being property of the Kings of Portugal as their Palace. This is one of the biggest squares in Europe as it has more than 36.000 square meters.
The Royal palace was destroyed during the 1755 earthquake, then this square was rebuilt as a central point of Marquês de Pombal’s plan.
Through the marble footsteps of the Columns Pier, in front of Commerce Square, many chiefs of state and other historic figures entered Lisbon.
It was also here that many historic moments took place, as the murder of D. Carlos and D. Filipe, his son, while they were crossing this square (the carriage they were in during the murder is exposed in the Carriage Museum).This square was also a strategic point during the 25th April Revolution.
On the centre of this square you might see the D. José Statue, erected in 1775.
Nowadays many cultural events and shows take place on this square and, it’s also still an important gathering point during protests.
Praça do Comércio, Lisboa
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