Praça do Comércio or Commerce Square is a must-see for every individual visiting Lisbon. Facing the River Tagus, this majestic square was once the main maritime gateway to Lisbon. It is also known as Terreiro do Paço or Palace Square as this was where the Royal Ribeira Palace was built prior to the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 which pretty much destroyed the whole area. After the earthquake the area was developed again, and the current square was built. In 1908; adding to the square’s fascinating history, Dom Carlos I and his son were assassinated here. Designed in the shape of a U, with mosaic cobbles, numerous buildings, a sculpted Triumphal Arch and an impressive sculpture of King José I, Praça do Comércio offers a lot to see.
Around 15 minutes
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The statue, the arch
While the Praça do Comércio does not have prayer facilities for Muslim visitors, there are quite a few mosques and Islamic Centers in the city of Lisbon, namely the Central Mosque of Lisbon Mesquita Aicha Siddika de Odivelas, Mesquita Benformoso and Masjid Baitul Mukarram. Muslim tourists can therefore ask to be directed to the closest one when needed.
Muslim tourists will be able to find a Halal restaurant in the city of Lisbon without much of a problem due to is sizeable Muslim population. These dining establishments are known to serve a variety of cuisines ranging from traditional Portuguese to Indian, Turkish and Moroccan. Muslim tourists must however be aware that some of these outlets will only be partially Halal and some will serve alcohol. While at Praça do Comércio, tourists will find several cafés and restaurants, including Martinho Da Arcada which is one of Lisbon’s oldest restaurants.