The Praça do Comércio side of Arco da Rua Augusta
It's best known as "Rua Augusta Arch," as it’s found at the end of Rua Augusta (Lisbon’s main pedestrian street), but it faces Comércio Square. It's a triumphal arch designed in 1775 as a gateway to the city, but the version seen today dates from a century later, 1875.
The sculptures at the top of the arch
Sculptures at the top represent Glory crowning Genius and Valor, while below them are images of national heroes Vasco da Gama, the Marquis of Pombal, Nuno Álvares Pereira and Viriato.
On the side facing Rua Augusta is a monumental clock featuring naturalistic motifs.
Sunset view over Praça do Comércio, from the top of the arch
The entire monument was restored in 2013, and an elevator was placed inside to allow visits to the terrace. From there, there’s a wonderful 360-degree-view over Praça do Comércio, Rua Augusta, the cathedral, and all of downtown.
View over Rua Augusta and its traditional cobblestone pavement
Before reaching the terrace, visitors pass by a small exhibition telling the story of the arch, and can see the mechanisms that make its clock work.
Only 35 people are allowed at the top at a time, but as it receives a relatively small number of visitors, there’s usually no waiting.
How to Get to Arco da Rua Augusta
The best way to reach the arch is walking down Rua Augusta from Rossio Square. Alternatively, take the metro to Terreiro do Paço station (on the blue line), which exits to Comércio Square. You may ride the metro, trams and buses for free with the Lisboa Card.
Rua Augusta, Baixa
Admission and Tickets to Arco da Rua Augusta
Tickets to the top are €3.00, or free with the Lisboa Card.
You may buy your ticket online: Rua Augusta Arch Viewpoint Admission Ticket
Opens every day.
Also don't miss the views from the top of the Santa Justa Elevator nearby, and check out the Design and Fashion Museum.