All images by Alexandra Howe
In 1755, Lisbon suffered an earthquake so massive it literally rocked Europe into the Classical Age. It was a disaster so enormous it scarred the entire European psyche with the destruction it wreaked on the historical port city. One piece of the extensive infrastructure destroyed was the Praça do Comércio, a sea-front plaza dating back to the Romans that was crucial to the city socially and economically. Following its destruction, it was rebuilt with a vengeance, giving way to some of the most grandiose monuments I've ever seen, swaggering inside a plaza so big that it can easily fit Madrid's Plaza Mayor with room to spare.
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