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11 March 2018

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The name of this square, the biggest in Porto, pays tribute to Joaquim Augusto Mouzinho de Albuquerque, one of the most remarkable military and colonial officers of the African campaigns between 1894 and 1895.

The statue is very symbolic and is dedicated to the heroes of the Peninsular War (1808-1814): the Lion (symbol of the alliance between Portuguese and British forces) smashes the Eagle (symbol of the French troops). It was built between 1909 and 1951 by José Marques da Silva and Alves de Sousa.

Interesting Notes

Nowadays, it’s a very pleasant area although busy and packed with traffic. In the centre, there’s some green spaces which makes it a nice place for a walk or to take some time to rest on one bench and look at the map to decide where to go next. And the options are endless. In fact, this square is very central and from there you can take some of the main streets and avenues in the city: Boavista Avenue, where you will find the Casa da Música (major concert hall), Serralves (Contemporary Art Museum), Parque da Cidade (Porto’s biggest green area) and, at the end, the sea and beaches near Castelo do Queijo; 5 de Outubro street, adjacent to Casa da Música, and Avenida de França where you can find the metro stop “Casa da Música”.

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