The Baixa was completely redesigned and rebuilt by the Marquis de
Pombal after the disastrous earthquake of 1755, and its broad
avenues and open spaces are a reflection of his ideas about the
Enlightenment. The current grid pattern was a dramatic shift
from the maze of streets and alleyways that existed before the
The Baixa was one of the first examples of earthquake-resistant
construction. Architectural models were tested by having
troops march around them to simulate an earthquake.
do Comércio with the Castel in the background
buildings of the Baixa district
of the Baixa
Castel São Jorge looms above the Baixa and Alfama districts
Gateway to the
city from the Praça
walkways flanked by shops, restaurants, and cafes are
typical of the Baixa
View of the
Tagus River with the Monument to Christ in the background
from above the Baixa
The Blue Area on the map is Lisbon's Baixa, which extends north from
do Comércio on the Tagus River.
Wander through the tiny papal enclave in the heart of Rome which
today comprises the world's smallest country.
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of its long history.
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