"Baixa - The Chessboard" Lisbon neighborhoods Tip by schmechi
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The Baixa Pombalina was completey rebuild after the 1755's earthquake as a center of trade following plans by the then Portuguese minister Marquês de Pombal.
You will see, that this quarter is completely planned: All streets are straightaway and it reminds of a chessboard. Although there are some azulejos on several houses, the buildings look very sober and similar.
So in my opinion Baixa is nothing very special, although it's mainstreet, the Rua Augusta, is one of Lisbon's main shopping streets.
Baixa is worth a walk if you have nothing else to do and to visit Praça do Comércio with the huge triumphal arch or to take a look at Elevador Santa Justa, but I am missing the charm of other quarters in Lisbon.
The Baixa will also be your starting point to discover the far more charming and unique Alfama.
Directions: Walk to the Tejo from Rossio or Praça da Figueira, alternatively the famous Electrico 28 stops at Rua da Conceição.
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