COME WITH ME IN A TOUR ACROSS OLD LISBON - V (RUA AUGUSTA ARCH - LISBON DOOR)

by Antonio Gil April. 03, 2015 3426 views

The Rua Augusta Arch is a stone, triumphal arch-like, historical building and visitor attraction in Lisbon, Portugal, on Commerce Square, 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 ultimately transformed into an elaborate arch. Because of the top cornice's great height (over 100 feet (30 m)), the figures above it had to be made colossal. The female allegory of Glory, which is dressed in peplos and measures 23 feet (7.0 m), stands on a three-step throne and holds two crowns. The 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. The Valor's 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.
The four statues over the columns, made by Victor Bastos, represent Nuno Alvares Pereira and Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, Marquis of Pombal on the right, and Vasco da Gama and Viriatus on the left. The two recumbent figures represent the rivers Tagus and Douro.

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Jay 4 years, 11 months ago

Lisboa e Portugal...tenho saudades!

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Glo B 4 years, 12 months ago

My gosh! it would have been hard to tear me away from this place had I been there! the architecture is fantastic!

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 4 years, 12 months ago

I think the last one is the best for bringing out the grandeur of this praça. I for one have always liked tourists cluttering up my pictures for the scale they give them.

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Sabina Ibrahimović 4 years, 12 months ago

Beautiful place. I adore #3

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 4 years, 12 months ago

Very beautiful! I would love to visit one day!

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Teo Montana 4 years, 12 months ago

Beautiful architecture and history! Well captured!!

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 4 years, 12 months ago

Wonderful happy memories for us two.

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Delightfulpink 4 years, 12 months ago

wow, great set :))

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Moira 4 years, 12 months ago

Lovely composition in the first.

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson 4 years, 12 months ago

That is so beautiful! What amazing details!

Great architecture Antonio :)

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Gonia 4 years, 12 months ago

Really beautiful city! Last one is the most beautiful picture for me.

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Louise Hayes 4 years, 12 months ago

The second to my favourites well captured!

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 4 years, 12 months ago

Very beautiful! Again I must add to my "bucket list".

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 4 years, 12 months ago

WOOOOOOOOOOOOW
LOVE THIS TOWN remind me so sweet memories
Thank you!

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 4 years, 12 months ago

Magnificent architecture. I'm enjoying this tour.

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
John Parsons 4 years, 12 months ago

Enjoying the tour so far and all the fascinating info Antonio..

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 12 months ago

I loved Lisbon, especially THE museum.

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
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