Visit the triumphal Rua Augusta Arch, constructed to commemorate the rebuilding of Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake. Ascend to the top by elevator and spiral staircase to take in the unique panoramic views of the historic riverside quarters of the city.
What to Expect
When you visit the Rua Augusta Arch you’ll have access to a vantage point with a 360-degree view of Lisbon and the surrounding area. The Terreiro do Paço, the Pombaline downtown area, the Cathedral, the Castle of St. Jorge, and the Tejo River Tejo are some of the iconic landmarks that you can see from the top of the building with your admission ticket.
On the upper part of the Arch, you’ll see sculptures by Célestin Anatole Calmels, including Glory crowning Genius and Valor. Lower down are sculptures by Vítor Bastos, representing the historical figures of Viriatus, Vasco da Gama, the Marquis of Pombal, and Nuno Álvares Pereira.
Inside the Arch, in the Clock Room, you’ll learn about the history of this triumphal Arch, from the time when construction first started, after the 1755 earthquake, to its completion in 1875.
- Rua Augusta Arch admission ticket
Know Before You Go
• The Arch is open daily from 09:00-19:00
• The Rua Augusta Arch is a monument that, when originally constructed, was not designed for visits. In order to make it accessible, a number of alterations have been made to its structure. An elevator was installed, without damaging the monument, to take visitors as far up as possible. The rest of the ascent involves climbing a spiral staircase. There is no alternative access for persons with reduced mobility