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Praça 5 de Outubro, Cascais, Portugal, 2017[open in full screen]  

 
 

This former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The citadel decayed gradually until King Luiz I decided to restore it and make Cascais into his summer residence, turning the tranquil fishing village into a cosmopolitan address. Citadela is at one of the corners of this square.

Name of the square is day of the revolution in 1910 when last King is overtrown. More details about this event on Largo de Ribeira page in our collection. This whole area is part of the downtown Cascais wonderfully organized pedestrian area. See map bellow and the next Square Largo Misericordia.

  In the centre of the square is a monument to one large [we are joking!] King – Dom Pedro, "the Liberator", founder and first ruler of the Empire of Brazil. When country was invaded by French troops in 1807, he and his family fled Portugal. This event is mentioned on the page with Rua de Chagas, Lisbo.

The other much smaller monument is to King Luiz I who died in Cascais in 1889. Monument was erected in 1989 on the 100th anniversary.

Unavoidable azulejos are decorating Town Hall with catholic saints and there is also azulejos panorama of the square.

  Due to Portugal's neutrality in World War II and the town's elegance and royal past, Cascais became home to many of the exiled royal families of Europe, including those of Spain, Italy, Hungary and Bulgaria. Today, their luxurious houses, large yacht harbour and several small sandy beaches are all around this square.

Town hall and other municipal buildings are making it ceremonial. On the square is also symbol of the power, peleorinho column, found on the public squares all over Portugal. Few public art pieces are completing the impression.

 
           
   
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