06/08/2008

#219 - Rua Augusta III







The Baixa was once the commercial heart of the city, but that role is fading. These streets once housed all the city's banks and many of their tradespeople, including jewelers and shoemakers. Surrounding streets bear the names of the trades (Rua do Ouro, Rua dos Sapateiros, etc.) and, thanks to rent control, some shops remain.

The Baixa lies on a true rectangular grid, laid out by the Marquês de Pombal in 1755 after an earthquake decimated large parts of the city. [*]

6 comments:

George Townboy said...

Awesome shots. The Marquis was a smart man, and the beauty of your city increases with each post!

Small City Scenes said...

Again wonderful the architecture is so great. Love the black and white pavers. MB

Sailor Girl said...

Saldos?? Rebajas?? I LIKE THAT!!!

ken mac said...

excellent history and beautiful shots. Keep up the great work..

Daniel J Santos said...

e muito bem...

Meead S. said...

Wow! I love your photos. Lisbon is a very very nice city. I don't know how I can express my feeling. You took excellent photos. Thank you.