Photographer's Note

Luís Vaz de Camões (1524-1580), ometimes rendered in English as Camoens, is considered Portugal's and the Portuguese language's greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil and Dante. He wrote a considerable amount of lyrical poetry and drama but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads). His collection of poetry The Parnasum of Luís de Camões was lost in his lifetime. The influence of his masterpiece Os Lusíadas is so profound that Portuguese is called the "language of Camões".

This staute showing Camoens was made by Antelo Del Debbio and is place in Luis de Macões Square. The statue is made of bronze and the base made of granite. The base weighs 50 tons.

Below the Camoens statue is write in low relief a transcript of famous "Os Lusiadas" - "EU CANTO O PEITO ILUSTRE LUSITANO A QUEM NEPTUNO E MARTE OBEDECERAM" or translating "I SING THE RENOWNED LUSITANO BREAST WHO NEPTUNE AND MARS OBEYED".

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