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Portugal
Lisboa
(Fr. de Belém)
Lisboa (distrito)

Lisboa (região)

Praça Afonso de Albuquerque

Afonso de Albuquerque

Alhandra c. 1453 - Goa, India 1515
Portuguese general, 'great conqueror', statesman, and empire builder
(Wikipedia)
António da Costa Motta (tio)
Arsenal do Exército
1901

Lisboa /  Afonso de Albuquerque   Lisboa /  Afonso de Albuquerque

Description

Bronze statue of Afonso de Albuquerque appears with his left hand resting on the sword's hilt, and his right pointing at a bunch of guns at his feet, emphasizing his governmental and warlike abilities. It stands on a monumental column decorated with armillary spheres, coats-of-arms, cords and ropes.
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At the base of the column sit four winged figures representing the main qualities of Albuquerque: Genius, Strength, Courage and Justice (identification is not sure). Below their feet the pedestal is decorated with elephants and between the statues are four identical reliefs with ships.

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Genius: Seated, winged woman with a flag, holding a ribbon with the name AFONSO D'ALBUQUERQUE.
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Justice (?): Seated, winged woman with a sword and the tablets with the Ten Commandments.
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Courage (?): Seated, winged woman with a book and rudder
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Strength (?): Seated, winged man man with sword and shield

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Under the figure is a bronze portrait medaillon of the historian Simão José da Luz Soriano (Lisboa 1802 - 1891, Wikipedia), the initiator of the monument, with the text "por legado de simã iosé luz soritano erigido em 1901"

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The base is octagonal and has on the faces reliefs of four of the glorious feats practiced by Afonso de Albuquerque:

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The defeat of the army of the king of Hormuz
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The entrance of Albuquerque in Goa and the handing over of the city keys;
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The taking of Malacca.

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The embassy to the king of Narcinga

Signature

(portrait medaillon) C Motta 190.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Arsenal do Exército
  • Costa Motta (tio), António da
  • Courage
  • Elephant
  • Genius
  • Historian
  • Justice (allegory)
  • Luz Soriano, Simão José da
  • Politician
  • Ship / boat
  • Statue on column
  • Strength (Fortitudo)
  • Location (N 38°41'47" - W 9°12'0")

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