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Centro / Baixa

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Baixa, a downtown district of Lisbon has been described as elegant and lively. Constructed as a rebuilt city after the great Lisbon earthquake of 1775, a map of the area would show the strict square grid layout designed by those given the task to element proof the new buildings. The street names themselves even show the intent of architects; Rua dos Sapateiros (Cobbler’s Street), Rua da Prata (Silversmiths’ Street), Rua do Ouro (Goldsmith’s Street) and Rua do Comércio (Commercial Street). Baixa is considered the heart of Lisbon. Many merchant shops and cafes fill the area as several of the streets are pedestrian friendly and closed to automobile traffic. The main street through the landscape is Rua Agusta , which leads to the Santa Justa Elevator. Considered one of the top three tourist sites, along with Comercio Square, Rossio Square, the famed elevator connects downtown streets with the uphill Carmo Square. This practical yet view worthy lift was actually designed by an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel, whose tower in Paris, France garners well more attention. The San Justa Elevator was designed and remains today in gothic revival style with two functional booths that can carry up to twenty-four people each. The aforementioned Comercio and Rossio Squares are the oldest in Lisbon. All the streets in Baixa go to the wide Comercio Square. As well as serving as fairgrounds for outdoor events, the square houses certain ministries of the Portuguese government. Aside from strolling down the cobbled pavement, one may use the metro to get there, or even by way of river.





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Porto Editora
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