"Strolling down Augusta Street" Biking, Walking & Running Tip by J_Antunes

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  Rua Augusta
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      Rua Augusta
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      Arco Rua Augusta
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Rua Augusta is the main street of Lisbon downtown. A large pedestrial street with some esplanades and some international and handicraft stores that connects Terreiro do Paço and Rossio. All this area was built after the earthquake of 1755 when most of Lisbon was destroyed. It was a new way to plan cities with straight avenues instead of narrow roads, with houses all similar with each other and with advanced sysmic structures. The street is crowned by the arch that remembers some of the portuguese heroes and commemorated the rebuilt of the city. The city hall has plans to open the top of the arch in a nearby future to sightseeing. Next to the arch there are street vendors selling paintings, necklaces, bags, scarfs,... In the middle of the street there is the building of Millennium Bcp. Inside there is a small museum dedicated to the first years of the history of the city: roman, phenician, arabic... The place is open every thursday (15h-17h) and Saturday (9h-13h and 15h-17h) and the tours are guided and free (Phone: 213 211 700).
Next to this street there are others like rua do ouro (gold), rua da prata (silver), rua dos sapateiros (shoemakers), that have the names of the former professions that existed in those streets.
Not far away in the rua da prata there are some roman tunnels underneat the street that are open to the public once a year. The exact function of this tunnels are under debate but most people believe it was the warehouses and foundations of the city forum.
In the middle of the street you can see santa justa lift built in the XIX century by one aprentice of Eiffel. From top it is possible to have good views over the city and to go up you just need a normal bus ticket or purchase it in the tickets office.
In Rua de São Julião (to the right side when you go in direction of terreiro do paço) there is an old church that is curious since it is in a normal building. The chapel dates back to the XIV century.
In the middle of Rua Augusta there is an office of Lisbon tourism and in the next street of correeiros there are plenty of restaurants with esplanades. In rua dos sapateiros there is an old arch that connects with rossio square. Next to it there is an old cinema one of the first of Lisbon that opened in 1907. Outside you can still see the art deco lines that marked the exterior of the building. Today the interior is a sex shop with peep shows.

Address: Rua Augusta and nearby street
Directions: To get here the closest subway station is baixa chiado (exit to rua do crucifixo). Rossio and Terreiro do Paço subway stations are also suitable. There are also plenty of buses and trams that cross this area.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 6, 2008
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