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The Liberal Cause in the city of Porto or that time in History when Porto rescued the nation
19-02-2020

"PEOPLE OF PORTO! Let's redeem those captives in Lisbon!" this was one of the most significant announcements that echoed in Porto, on 24th August 1820, on occasion of the Liberal Revolution that would set in motion the establishment of a constitutional regime in Portugal.


The beginnings of that Liberal Movement and the first year of that revolution is portrayed in the exhibition "1820. Revolução Liberal no Porto", which inaugurates on 20th February, at 6pm, at the "Gabinete do Tempo" of the City Museum - Casa do Infante. This event is access free.

The exhibit can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am till 5.30pm. It is closed on public holidays. The display will be on show till 6th September.

The "PORTO LIBERAL Route" was announced in 2016 and implemented in 2017 to understand the importance of the city of Porto in the Liberal Wars, also known as the Portuguese Civil War, the War of the Two Brothers (D. Pedro and D. Miguel), or Miguelite War, which opposed progressive constitutionalists and authoritarian absolutists in Portugal over royal succession, from 1828 to 1834.

The main aim of this route is to inform about the most iconic places, buildings, streets, landscapes, and memories of the always very noble and loyal unvanquished city of Porto and that are part of that period in Portuguese History.

Thus, six institutions of the city are committed to establishing a Liberal Route of the city of Porto, namely the Venerable Brotherhood of Nossa Senhora da Lapa, promoter of the idea, Porto City Hall, Military Museum of Porto (Portuguese Army), Directorate General of Cultural Heritage, Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto (Museum and Church) and Regional Directorate of Culture of the North.

All these entities have signed a protocol in order to promote an active historic revisiting of that time in History, when Porto rescued the nation. The document was signed at Brotherhood of Nossa Senhora da Lapa, where the heart of D. Pedro IV (I of Brazil), the Soldier King and symbol of Portuguese Liberalism is laid down.

This documentary exhibition offers a historical review as the enunciating principle of thought, to be discussed for its permanent enhancement of Porto's past, present and future.