Rotunda da Boavista

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Rotunda da Boavista and its commemorative column.

Coordinates: 41°09′29″N 8°37′45″W / 41.158132°N 8.629149°W / 41.158132; -8.629149 Rotunda da Boavista, also known as the Praça de Mouzinho de Albuquerque, is a large roundabout in Porto, Portugal. It honours Joaquim Augusto Mouzinho de Albuquerque, a Portuguese soldier that fought in Africa during 19th century. [1]

History and Symbolism[edit]

A 45 m (148 ft) column in the middle of the rotunda (Monumento aos Heróis da Guerra Peninsular) commemorates the victory of the Portuguese against the French troops that invaded Portugal during the Peninsular War (1807–1814).[2] The column, slowly built between 1909 and 1951, is a project by celebrated Porto architect José Marques da Silva and sculptor Alves de Sousa.[citation needed] The upper section is a column on tops of which stands a lion, the symbol of the Portuguese victory, bringing down the French imperial eagle. [2]

Location[edit]

The Casa da Música, Porto's modern music venue, is located in the Rotunda da Boavista.

The Rotunda da Boavista has 31416 m² of area and there are eight streets reaching this roundabout:

  • Avenida da Boavista (twice)
  • Rua de Caldas Xavier
  • Rua da Meditação
  • Rua de Júlio Dinis
  • Rua de Nossa Senhora de Fátima
  • Avenida de França
  • Rua de Cinco de Outubro

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sofia Baptista. "Mouzinho de Albuquerque Square". http://localporto.com/. Local POrto. Retrieved November 22, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Stone statuary and the French Invasions". http://itinerante.pt/. Itinerante. Retrieved November 22, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)