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Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square), on the Tagus River, is the beginning of Lisbon's Baixa, or downtown district.  This district stretches north from the river and cuts a line between the Alfama and Castel São Jorge to the east and the Bairro Alto and Elevador de Santa Justa to the west.

 

 
   

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 earthquake.

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.

Praça do Comércio with the Castel in the background Old buildings of the Baixa district
Open squares of the Baixa Castel São Jorge looms above the Baixa and Alfama districts
Gateway to the city from the Praça do Comércio Wide 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 Night shot from above the Baixa

The Blue Area on the map is Lisbon's Baixa, which extends north from the Praça do Comércio on the Tagus River.

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