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Pç. Afonso Albuquerque

Praça Afonso de Albuquerque is a public square with a quadrangular layout that is flanked on the south by the Tagus and former quays and on the north by Belém Palace. It is a gardened square featuring hedges and a number of tree species such as nettle tree and stone pine. The space it occupies was once a sandy area that was the Royal Quay at Belém and a statue marks the spot where the João V quay originally was.

In the centre of the garden is a monument to the Viceroy of India, Afonso de Albuquerque. Erected by the historian Simão José da Luz Soriano and designed by Costa Mota (sculpture) and Silva Pinto (architecture), it was inaugurated in 1902. Neo-manueline in style, its base features four bas-reliefs alluding to the life of Afonso de Albuquerque, above which are bas-reliefs representing the carracks, caravels and galleons that made up his fleet. At the top of the column is a bronze statue of the viceroy which was cast at the Army Arsenal.

Bibl.: "Belém" by Isabel Corrêa da Silva and Miguel Metelo de Seixas, published by Junta de Freguesia de Sta. Maria de Belém, 2000

 

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