Mirante Belvedere, do Arco da Rua Augusta, Lisbon

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The Rua Augusta Arch is a stone, triumphal arch-like, historical building and visitor attraction in Lisbon, Portugal, on the Praça do Comércio. It was built to commemorate the city's reconstruction after the 1755 earthquake. It has six columns (some 11 m high) and is adorned with statues of various historical figures. Significant height from the arch crown to the cornice imparts an appearance of heaviness to the structure. The associated space is filled with the coat of arms of Portugal. The allegorical group at the top, made by French sculptor Célestin Anatole Calmels, represents Glory rewarding Valor and Genius.Originally designed as a bell tower, the building was ultimately transformed into an elaborate arch after more than a century.FeaturesBecause of the top cornice's great height, the figures above it had to be made colossal. The female allegory of Glory, which is dressed in peplos and measures 23ft, stands on a three-step throne and holds two crowns. Valor is personified by an amazon, partially covered with chlamys and wearing a high-crested helmet with dragon patterns, which were the symbols of the House of Braganza. her left hand holds the parazonium, with a trophy of flags behind. The Genius encompasses a statue of Jupiter behind his left arm. At his left side are the attributes of writing and arts.
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  • Visited it in July, the sun was burning and the market was full of people watching great monument. It's a must in Lisbon , a place full of history and great architectural buildings. You should...  more »
  • Very nice square with a sublime arc, wonderful architecture, large place, now there is a high Christmas tree, and around a commerce street, with resraurants, cafés, terraces.  more »
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  • Truly an amazing landmark. Really beautiful. Didn’t go to the viewing point and don’t really feel like I missed anything.
  • This is simply a beautiful landmark. If you get the chance, you need to go to the top viewing area. The view of downtown and the River are so beautiful from this vantage point
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