Unknown statues in Lisbon

Wed, 17.04.2019

A walking tour in Avenida da Liberdade

On the 17th of April, our Portuguese language school organized a walking tour about the statues in Avenida da Liberdade.

Our history teacher, Indira Leão, showed us the statues in Avenida de Liberdade. We started in Restauradores. We saw the Monumento ao Calceteiro, a homage to the Portuguese pavers. It was inaugurated in 2017.

We passed through the Monumento aos Restauradores. It is also a homage to the restorers, the men responsible for the Portuguese independence from Castile. The obelisk has the names of the battles between Portugal and Spain.

The first statue that we visited inside Avenida da Liberdade was the Monumento a Pinheiro Chagas.Manuel Pinheiro Chagas was a Portuguese writer of the second half of the 19th century. He is represented with the protagonist of his novel: Morgadinha de Val-Flor.

After Pinheiro Chagas we saw the statue of Símon Bolívar. He was a Venezuelan revolutionary that fought for the independence of the South American countries. The statue was given by the Portuguese community settled in Venezuela and it was inaugurated in 1978.

The Monumento aos Mortos da Grande Guerra was built two years after the Battle of La Lys. Portugal entered in the 1st World War to defend its African colonies from Germany. Among 20.000 Portuguese soldiers who participated in the Battle of La Lys, there were 7.000 dead, injured or missing.

The Monumento a Rosa Araújo was dedicated to the urbanist who created the Avenida da Liberdade in the end of the 19th century. Before that time, the Avenue was a promenade with gardens.

We also saw the statues of important Portuguese intellectuals of the 19th century: Oliveira Martins, Almeida Garrett, Feliciano de Castilhoand Alexandre Herculano.

We ended perfectly the tour in a pleasant coffee shop!

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Discovering the statues in Avenida da Liberdade

Lisbon has several statues honouring important moments of the Portuguese History and remarkable people. Probably you know some of them: the statues of Camões, D. Pedro IV, D. José I, and so on. Our next tour won’t be about those statues. Don’t be disappointed, because we’ll explore the statues that aren’t so known. Some of them are in unknown places. Are you curious know? If you are, come on board in one more walking tour organized by our Portuguese language school. On the 17th of April, we’ll explore the unknown statues in Lisbon!

Our history teacher, Indira Leão, will guide us through these unknown statues. We’ll start at Restauradores. Here we have the statue called O Monumento ao Calceteiro. It’s a homage to the pavers. It was inaugurated next to the Hotel Avenida Palace, on June 2017 and the author is Sérgio Stichini.

Then, in Avenida da Liberdade we have the statue of Simón Bolívar. It’s a bronze statue made by the sculptor Arturo R. Aguilero. The Portuguese community based in Venezuela offered the statue and it was inaugurated on 17th December 1978.

We will continue along Avenida da Liberdade until the end of our tour. The Monumento aos Mortos da Grande Guerra honours the Portuguese combatants in World War I. The idea of erecting the statue emerge on the 9th of April 1920, with the anniversary of the Battle of La Lys.

We’ll see the statues of two important Portuguese writers: Alexandre Herculano and Almeida Garrett. Both statues are from the same author: Salvador Barata Feyo and inaugurated in 1950.

At the end of the tour, we’ll take a drink together.

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