Portugal Arco da Rua Augusta

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Sue Wolfe

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The Arco da Rua Augusta is the gateway from the Praça do Comércio into the Baixa neighborhood. Designed to celebrate the reconstruction of Lisbon it was not completed until 1873, almost 100 years later. In the design process it went from a bell tower to an arch.

A clock faces the Rua Augusta and on top are the statues of Glory [in the center], rewarding Genius and Valor. These statues are large—Glory measures 7 meters. The arch itself is 30 meters tall.

Atop the six columns are the statues of Viriatus, General Nuno Álvares Pereira, Vasco da Gama, and the Marquis of Pombal (the statesman that rebuilt the city).

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