The History behind each statue and square
What do you know about the History behind the square of Camões or the statue of D. José I in Terreiro do Paço? Did you know that there is a statue of Fernando Pessoa in the square of São Carlos? We’ll give the answers to these and more questions on our next tour on the 14th of November.
Indira Leão, our history teacher will guide us in this tour. We’ll start in Praça Camões, next to the statue of the poet Luís de Camões. His masterpiece Lusíadas became famous among the romantic intellectuals of the 19th century.
Then, we will go to Largo São Carlos, where we can find the statue of the contemporary writer Fernando Pessoa.
In the center of the Praça do Comércio there’s a statue of the king D. José I. We’ll learn more about the politic role of this king after the earthquake of 1755.
From there, we’ll look on the Triumph Arc in Rua Augusta. Indira will talk us about the characters represented in it: Viriato, Nuno Álvares Pereira, Vasco da Gama and the Marquis of Pombal.
After that, we’ll go straight to Praça da Figueira. Here we have the equestrian statue of the king John I. He assured the independence of Portugal during the political crisis of 1383-85.
In Praça do Rossio, we’ll learn about D. Pedro IV, the king responsible to do the first Portuguese Liberal Constitution. Our last stop will be in Praça dos Restauradores. In the center we’ll find an obelisk. It is a homage to the men that restored the Portuguese independence in 1640.
After the tour we’ll have the chance to socialize in a nice esplanade!