Unveiling the secrets of the main statues and squares
On our last walking tour on the 14th of November, our Portuguese language school visited the main statues and squares in Lisbon.
Indira Leão, our history teacher guided us during this sunny afternoon. We started in Praça Camões. The statue of Camões was inaugurated in 1867 during the celebrations of the third centenary of the death of the poet. There are other important figures surrounding him as the historians Fernão Lopes and João de Barros.
Then we went to Largo São Carlos, to visit the statue of Fernando Pessoa. The statue in his honor was inaugurated in 2008 to celebrate 120 years of his birth.
In the middle of Praça do Comércio there is the statue of the king D. José I. He was responsible for the reconstruction of Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755. The statue was made by the sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro in 1770.
The Triumph Arc in Rua Augusta made part of the Reconstruction of Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755. His construction was only finished in 1873. In the Arc are represented important Portuguese personalities such as Nuno Álvares Pereira and the Marquis of Pombal.
The statue of D. João I in Praça da Figueira was erected in 1971. This king was responsible to maintain the Portuguese independence from Castile in 1385.
In Rossio we visited the statue of D. Pedro IV that was inaugurated in 1870. He was the first emperor of Brazil and made the first Portuguese Liberal Constitution.
We ended in Praça dos Restauradores. In the center there is an obelisk which is a homage to the men that restored the Portuguese independence in 1640.
After this amazing tour we went to a terrace in Casa do Alentejo!
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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!