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This is a monument to the victory of the popular army in Porto against the napoleonic troops during the peninsular wars in the XIX century.
Napoleon´s army faced a decided small army of people from Porto, helped by a few englishmen.
This is the very top of the monument, placed in the centre of the Boavista roundabout.
The lion symbolises the portuguese resistance and the defeated eagle aludes to the napoleonic imperial troops.
The execution of this full piece, that comprises several sculptureas at its base was begun in 1909 but was only finished in 1951.
Marques da Silva, Alves de Sousa, Henrique Moreira and Sousa Caldas, all participated on its execution.
This is a very plain picture and the light didn´t help much, but I think I´ll return to this theme in the future.

Esta é a estátua que fica no centro da rotunda da boavista e, ao contrário do que muitos pensam, não representa a victória do Sporting sobre o Benfica ...:)
Representa sim a victoria de um pequeno exércíto de portuenses sobre o poderoso exército napoleónico, durante as guerras peninsulares.
Iniciado em 1909 só viria a ser terminado em 1951.
Marques da Silva, Alves de Sousa, Henrique Moreira e Sousa Caldas participaram todos da sua execução.
Esta foto foi tirada em condições bastante fracas mas tenciono voltar a este tema no futuro.

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