Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), Lisbon

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Now an elaborate and decorative waterfront square, Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco) was once home to the royal palace. Before the Great Earthquake of 1755, the royal family lived here. Today, the square acts as a port of entry to Lisbon. Meet with friends or begin your tour of the city at this central square, which houses the main tourism office on its west side. The square features a statue of King Jose I, a triumphal arch, and the Lisboa Story Center--an interactive museum. Explore the square and consider stopping in nearby restaurants and cafes, such as the famous 18th century Café Martinho da Arcada. Use our Lisbon trip planner to add Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco) and other attractions to your Lisbon vacation plans.
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  • There are many restaurants to choose from. People watching was great. Easy to get to and the sunset was spectacular! 
    There are many restaurants to choose from. People watching was great. Easy to get to and the sunset was spectacular!  more »
  • There were so many places/museums to visit we were unable to go to them all. The area educates visitors on Lisbon and its history. For example, nearby we learned about Fado music. 
    There were so many places/museums to visit we were unable to go to them all. The area educates visitors on Lisbon and its history. For example, nearby we learned about Fado music.  more »
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  • Spacious, nicely built square in the heart of Lisbon, surrounded by spectacular buildings and monuments. It offers a beautiful, wide-angle view of the Tagus River. It is worth watching during the day and in the evening. It is easily accessible from St. Jerome’s Monastery by tram nr. 15.
  • A beautiful main square with touching historical significance. We joined a walking group and an awesome guide that provided breakdown of how Commerce Square played a role in the revolution (notably being used as a meeting place and had a radio song as a code to when to meet there). It is expansive and stunning. It is right along the water and is teeming with shops and restaurants along the periphery of the grounds. A must see in Lisbon!

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