LISBOA DESAPARECIDA
and many other books about PORTUGAL's capital
make MARINA TAVARES DIAS
the most successfull and talented
historian of LISBON.
Here is the first attempt to
tell you our stories
in English.
From LISBON TO THE WORLD

segunda-feira, 3 de março de 2014

PRAÇA DO COMÉRCIO - TERREIRO DO PAÇO – BLACK HORSE SQUARE

LOST LISBON: 
More than tourism, 
but simple to follow and learn 
when you are there.

by Lisbon's main historian:
MARINA TAVARES DIAS


« [...] Although Black Horse Square has been called Praça do Comércio ever since the 18th century, there are only a handful of Lisbon residents who do not know it by its former name, Terreiro do Paço, meaning the Palace Grounds. Before the great earthquake which destroyed Lisbon on the morning of November 1st, 1755, it was on this wide space of beaten earth (terreiro) that the royal palace (paço) was situated. 


The chronicles inform us that some of the most valuable artistic treasures of Europe were to be found inside the palace. However, nothing was saved in the aftermath of the earthquake when the tsunami and the fire completed the damage. Under the orders of the Marquis of Pombal, Terreiro do Paço was rebuilt from 1758 onwards. Today it symbolises the post-earthquake era of downtown Lisbon, known as the Baixa. Shortly after being baptized with its new name, Praça do Comércio, it was given Lisbon's first statue of a king riding a horse (D. José I by the sculptor Machado de Castro).»

Marina Tavares Dias




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