Rua Augusta Arch

The Arco da Rua Augusta ( Arco do Triunfo also ) is a triumphal arch in the center of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. It is located on the north side of the Praça do Comércio and kicks off the Rua Augusta, the central axis of Pombaline.


Its construction was carried out in the course of re-planning the Pombaline after the earthquake of 1755. A first draft was implemented from 1775. Whether he was finished, is not known. Queen Mary I left him after her accession to the throne and the resignation of the Marquês de Pombal in 1777 tear.

It was not until 1873 under architect Veríssimo José da Costa added the idea of a triumphal arch again. The work was completed in 1875.


At the top of the arc to Anatole Calmels sculptures are of Célestin. They show the goddess Gloria the genius and the value crowning. On one level below provide sculptures by Vitor Bastos historical persons Nuno Álvares Pereira, Viriato, Vasco da Gama and Marquês de Pombal dar.

The inscription goes back to the time of the Portuguese discoveries: VIRTVTIBVS MAIORVM VT SIT OMNIBVS DOCVMENTO.PPD (The virtues of the biggest, so it all serve as a lesson dedicated to the public expense. ).