Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
gold frame, your choice. RtW.141.
Entitled – Lisbon. The Praca Do Commercio.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Lisbon. – The principal square of Lisbon is here depicted; it is the Praca do Commercio, better known as the Terreiro de Paca.
From east to west it measures 585ft., and from north to south, 5,366ft.
This square is situated in the lower and busier of the city, which was rebuilt after the earthquake by order of the Marquis of Pombal.
There are situated the Stock Exchange (Bolca); the Custom House (Alfandega); the India Office; the magnificent naval arsenal; and the Town Hall.
The great earthquake of 1775 caused the death of the enormous number of 80,000 persons, and property to the amount of twenty millions sterling was destroyed, including many splendid edifices and untold art treasures.
The Palace das Necesidades, the residence of the Kings of Portugal, possesses no architectural beauty; it stands on a hill and commands a fine view.
The gardens are full of aviaries, fountains, and exotics; the present King, however, has established himself in the Palace da Ajuda, a very large, but unfinished, building.
Lisbon is supplied with water by the Aqueduct of Aguas Livres, which was erected in 1729 by King Joao V.
Its construction took twenty years, and it consists of 127 stone arches, the highest of which is 263ft.
Lisbon Cathedral is a very poor building, but the churches of San Roque and Nossa Senhora da Graca are gorgeously decorated with lapis lazuli, porphyry, verd-antique, and other precious marbles.
The most interesting church, however, is the Mosteiro de Belem, an appanage of the palace of that name.
It was built by King Mancel in 1500, on the site where Vasco da Gama embarked, July 8th, 1497, on his great voyage of discovery.
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