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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
© Turismo de Portugal
© Turismo de Portugal
© Turismo de Portugal

Pombalino Building at Rua da Prata

  • Original Authors:
  • Carlos Mardel ,
  • Eugénio dos Santos
  • (séc. XVIII)

After the 1755 earthquake, a new royal square was planned for the place where the royal palace had been standing since the 16th century. In a perfect geometric layout that opens onto the Tagus, this square became the new official centre of the country’s capital and government. There we find this Pombaline corner building bearing one of the most iconic stores in Lisbon: Martinho da Arcada. As the oldest of Lisbon’s cafés, operating since 1778, it has become a cultural landmark of modernity, where many intellectuals and artists such as Almada Negreiros, Mário de Sá Carneiro, or Fernando Pessoa used to meet. Today, this building is vacant and awaits an international competition for a concession to adapt it to the tourism sector with an emphasis on literary culture.

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Rua da Prata, 8
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