Cais das Colunas
Cais das Colunas
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Neighborhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!
How to get there
  • Terreiro do Paço • 5 min walk
  • Baixa/Chiado • 6 min walk
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,479 contributions
May 2022
These pillars at the edge of Lisbon’s delightful waterfront promenade area are somewhat tired-looking and surrounded by old concrete, but what lacks in structural upkeep compensates with symmetry, photo opportunities, and historical significance. I really loved the picture I snapped using the pillars as a frame of sorts, capturing the serene waters of the Tegus in the early morning light.

Recommended for a quick photo!
Written August 29, 2022
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Michael K
995 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This is an unremarkable sight. Other than the two sadly looking pillars sticking out of the water, one can hardly tell this is a historic pier. Of more interest is the sandy area to the west of the pier where one can find interesting sand sculptures.
Written June 17, 2023
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Andrew R
Market Harborough, UK445 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Nice big open space with lots of outdoor restaurants either side. Ask me tourist information building here on the corner, where you can buy lisbon cards. I would recommend buying online before you come as they are a few euros cheaper.
Written April 27, 2022
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Scott P
Milwaukee, WI7 contributions
Dec 2022
Sat outside and people-watched while the world cup was going on. The food was really good. Ordered a steak and also had veggies and a beer. Came back a day later and ordered the small pizza and had some fries. The outdoor heaters were on which made for a comfortable setting. The wait staff and owner were very cool.
Written February 14, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,630 contributions
Jul 2019
This is a pair of columns that looked so out of place I had to find out what they were. Apparently this is a pier that used to be the royal entrance for disembarking into Praca do Comercio and the royal palace that used to exist there. Now it's a landmark and a pretty spot for selfies. Nice to visit if you're heading to the square anyway especially as it's a bit of a landmark. Otherwise don't go out of the way to see it as it literally is a pair of columns to mark the pier more than anything else.
Written August 19, 2019
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Naples, FL4,465 contributions
Sep 2019
It used to give access to ferry boats and other vessels connecting Praça do Comércio to the Tagus' south bank. Adjacent to the Praça do Comércio, in the historical center of Lisbon; its marble steps used to be the noble entrance into the city, through which heads of state have arrived. Queen Elizabeth II in 1957 arrived in Portugal and made her way into Lisbon through these two columns.

The pier was named after the two columns (colunas) that can be seen on the side of the main steps. These simple yet elegant pillars were designed by architect Eugénio dos Santos and were part of the city reconstruction plan after the 1755 earthquake nearly destroyed it. The two columns are replicas of those thought to have been in Solomon's temple. They're representative of wisdom and devotion.

Locals stack rocks to make scenes, such as Jesus and the twelve apostles.
Written October 13, 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China159,639 contributions
Apr 2023
There are several interesting landmarks at Praça do Comércio including the two quay columns (Cais das Colunas) located at the end of the steps leading into the Tangus River. These columns were designed by architect Eugenio dos Santos and were erected here as part of the reconstructions of the square after the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake.

In the past the quay columns marked the location where royal and state figures visiting Lisbon would have arrived and disembarked from their vessels. Today, they are simply charming landmarks near a popular sitting area for people to lounge and enjoy being by the water. You can sit on the steps that lead to the water as well as the built in seating on the wall on both sides. There is also a small beach area west of the columns if interested.
Written June 14, 2023
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,525 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
A nice place by the river, there is a small sandy area which is good to sit on and absord some sun. Also a great placexto watch the world do by
Written April 18, 2023
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RGSOUNDF
Mercerville, NJ11,514 contributions
Nov 2019
Actually not a pier, but rather a small-scale rectangular site, laid out with marble steps and ornated with two posts or pillars. With all honesty, if you are not aware of this specific location or haven't read your Lisbon guide book, the chances are you may overlook it. However, walking south, from Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square) towards river Tagus, and upon arriving to Cais das Colunas, it is all a part of the grandiose and iconic landmark of the city, the riverside Praça do Comércio.
Cais das Colunas, or 'Columns Pier' is aptly named after the two pillars, partially covered by water, representing wisdom and devotion. According to the tradition, the columns are designed to resemble those of King Solomon Jerusalem Temple. As the enormous Praça do Comércio itself, the pier is a part of the post-1755 reconstruction, or rather complete rebuilding, of Terreiro do Paço, the Palace Square that included such magnificent edifices as the royal Ribeira Palace and Casa da Índia, all razed to the ground by the terrible earthquake.
"Back in the day", the pier, and especially its marble steps, were used as a welcome point to greet royal and stately figures arriving in Lisbon via water; one often cited example is the present Queen Elizabeth II who used the steps to mark the celebratory entrance on her official 1957 visit (brought by a boat launched from Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia anchored nearby). Cais das Colunas was equally used as a ferry and boat terminal connecting Praça do Comércio to the Tagus' opposite (south) bank.
Written December 15, 2019
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HCovik
Atlanta, GA3,299 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The quay juts out into the Tagus river with behind it the Praca do Commercia. It was once considered the “doors of Lisbon” (Cais das Colunas = Columns Pier). Foreign dignitaries arrived here by boat and walked the marble steps between the marble pillars up to the Praca do Comercia. Cais das Colunas is a good place to sit down and relax, or enjoy a romantic sunset. From here you can see the famous 25th April Bridge and the statue of Cristo Rei on the opposite site of the river Tagus.
Written May 20, 2019
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