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Saturday, January 28, 2012
PRACA DO COMERCIO - LISBON, PORTUGAL
Comercio Square Lisbon's monumental riverside square This vast waterfront square also known asTerreiro do Paçoor "the palace's square," is where the royal palace stood for over two centuries until 1755, when its was destroyed by the Great Earthquake. The royal family moved to another residence in the district ofBelem, and the new arcaded buildings acted as the port of entry to the city. On the north side is a triumphal arch and one of the city's legendary cafes,Café Martinho da Arcada. It dates from 1782 and was a favorite of poets Fernando Pessoaand Almeida Garrett and of novelist Eça de Queiroz. In the center of the square is a statue of King Jose I showing him on horseback, wearing his emperor's mantle, and measuring 14 meters in height counting from the pedestal.