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Praca do Comercio, Lisbon


The Praca do Comercio (Square of Commerce) or Terreiro do Paco (Palace Square), is the site of the former Riberia Palace.

The Ribeira Palace (Portuguese: Paco da Ribeira) was a royal palace in Lisbon for over 200 years. It became the royal residence of the Kings of Portugal in 1511, when Manuel I moved there from the Castelo de Sao Jorge. The palace, and its library of over 70,000 volumes, was destroyed in the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

Just of the Praca do Comercio is the beautiful facade of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Velha. The church is notable as one of the last remnants of the manueline style in the city. The present church is the result of a reconstruction carried out after the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake, when most buildings of the city were destroyed in the quake and the tsunami that followed.

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