Lisboa: Praça do Comércio

Film photography, especially in black and white, is like travelling back in time. And when your theme is a city like Lisbon, that feeling doubles. This is Praça do Comércio, one of the mightiest and a mandatory pit stop for tourists, photographers and filmmakers.

This square is nothing short on History: it was once the most important trading point of Portugal. Boats and ships came up river, docked in the shores of Tagus and unloaded all the riches of the Empire. The arc’s called Arco da Rua Augusta and welcomes everybody standing as the city entrance. The whole square was built after the 1755 earthquake, an event that destroyed half the city and paved the way for one of the world’s most important architects and city planners that ever lived: Marquês do Pombal.