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Top 10 Lisbon by Tomas Tranaeus

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Baixa to Restauradores

From the early 16th to mid-18th centuries, Lisbon’s royal palace stood on the riverbank, around today’s Praça do Comércio. It was the grand entrance to Lisbon, one of the world’s great cities. Then in 1755 the earth shook, the ocean rose and fires raged – and the Paço Real and most of the medieval jumble of buildings behind it were gone. The Baixa we see was built on the ruins of lower Lisbon, to a different plan, in a different style, for a new era. Today this is the ageing heart of Lisbon, challenged by depopulation, traffic, subsidence and shopping centres – but still loved and alive.

1. Praca do Comercio

The broad riverfront ...

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