The Baixa ( pronounced Bi-She-A ) District of Lisbon is where the bustle of tourists and businesses is centralised in Lisbon, Many of the old banks in the area have been repurposed for other uses such as museums and even archeological sites.
Trams populate the busy streets and cafes spill out onto the cobbled laneways within the heart of this area.
Towards the waterfront area it opens out into a massive plaza framed by the equally impressive Rua Augusta Arch.
Although there appears to be near constant conservation of the buildings and structures in this area, care has been taken to protect the cultural identity of the area.
It has a distinct mottled lived in beauty that echos its history.