Plaza do comercio lisboa
The old part of Lisbon is one of those places that we will never get tired of visiting. It may be a matter of the weather, the people, the views… but the truth is that this city seduces and inspires peace. Today we go to one of its main squares, the Commerce Square, located in A Baixa, one of the most frequented areas of the historic center of Lisbon. The final touch to its charm is given by the wonderful direct views of the Tagus estuary, as the square is open on one side to this great river.
The Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio in Portuguese, also known as Terreiro do Paço) is one of the most important squares of the Portuguese capital. It is about 180 by 200 meters on each side, which makes it one of the largest squares in Europe.
In 1511, D. Manuel I ordered the construction of a new Royal Palace. The king wanted to move his palace to a place away from the city walls. Thus, he definitively abandoned the also famous St. George’s Castle in Lisbon, where the royal family had lived until then, to settle in what was known as Paços da Ribeira (Ribeira Palace), which would later be destroyed by the famous Lisbon earthquake of 1755.
The Commerce Square (Praça do Comercio), also known as Terreiro do Paço, began as a palace of the kings of Portugal, and today, with its more than 36,000 m2, is one of the largest squares in Europe.
Here was the old Paço Real, which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1755, date from which this square began to have a great importance from the architectural point of view thanks to the reconstructions of the Marquis of Pombal.
This place witnessed important historical events, such as the assassination of D. Carlos and D. Filipe, his son, when they were walking in this square (the carriage with which they were driving is exhibited in the Museo dos Coches, in Belém). The square also played an important role during the April 25th Revolution, and today it is still an important meeting place for demonstrators during their demonstrations and protests.
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La Praça do Comércio (pronunciación portuguesa: [ˈpɾasɐ du kuˈmɛɾsju]; inglés: Commerce Square) es una gran plaza orientada al puerto de la capital de Portugal, Lisboa, siendo una de las mayores de Portugal, con 175 por 175 m, es decir, 30.600 m2.
Situada frente al Tajo (Tejo), al sur, la plaza sigue siendo conocida en portugués como Terreiro do Paço ([tɨˈʁɐjɾu du ˈpasu]; inglés: Palace Yard), ya que albergaba el Paço da Ribeira (Palacio Real de la Ribeira) hasta que fue destruido por el gran terremoto de Lisboa de 1755 (la estación de metro situada en ella sigue llamándose como el antiguo nombre de la plaza).
A partir del siglo XIX, la Praça do Comércio se convirtió en la sede de algunos de los más importantes departamentos del Estado portugués, como los Ministerios de Finanzas, Asuntos Internos, Agricultura y Mar; antes de la Revolución de los Claveles (1974) y de la creación de un Ministerio de Defensa unificado, fue también la sede de los Ministerios de Guerra y Marina, así como del antiguo Ministerio de Colonias (hasta 1967), convirtiéndose así en metonimia del gobierno central portugués. Además, el Tribunal Supremo también tiene allí su sede.