The Carnation Revolution | 25th April 1974

Wed, 24.04.2019

Let’s celebrate the Carnation Revolution!

On the 25th of April 1974 there was a well-succeeded military revolution in Lisbon. It marked the Portuguese history forever because abolished a dictatorship that lasted for almost 60 years. This revolution became known as Carnation Revolution: it was an important moment welcomed enthusiastically by the population of Lisbon. The people of Lisbon decided to give red carnations to the revolutionary troops in order to show support to them. It was a beautiful and exciting moment of the Portuguese History! Our Portuguese language school will recreate the Carnation Revolution on the 24th of April.

Indira Leão, our history teacher, will help to understand the importance of this event. We’ll start at Praça do Comércio. The military troops led by Salgueiro Maia settled here and they went through very tense moments during the Revolution. Everything could go wrong. Thanks to the cold blood of Salgueiro Maia the navy allied with the dictatorial regime surrendered peacefully.

We’ll walk through Largo do Chiado, where the people gave red carnations to the revolutionary troops. They belonged to MFA (Movimento das Forças Armadas).

Then, we’ll go to Rua Maria António Cardoso. This street became tragically known during this day. At the end of the revolution, the troops of Salgueiro Maia went to the edge of the political police, located here. Members of the political police shot 4 people, the only victims of this Revolution.

We’ll end in Largo do Carmo. This square was crowded by people who attended to the rendition of the dictatorial government.

After the tour we’ll have the opportunity to know each other better, while having a drink!

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to revive the popular joy and excitement during the Carnation Revolution!

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