Arco da Rua Augusta
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Arco da Rua Augusta is one of the most highly regarded landmarks in the city of Lisbon. Seen by some as Portugal s Arc de Triomphe, it was constructed in 1873 and designed by the notable French sculptor, Antoine Calmels. Be sure to see its breathtaking nine statues signifying Portugal's social and political history. Included are Vasco da Gama, who discovered the maritime route to India in 1498, Nuno Álvares Pereira, who helped the Portuguese gain independence from Spain; and the politician Marquês de Pombal, who contributed to the reconstruction of Lisbon after its devastating earthquake in 1755.