Avenida dos Aliados, Porto, PT (10-11-2018)

Avenida dos Aliados (Avenue of the Allies) is a short but wide boulevard in central Porto. At the top end, the Câmara Municipal (Porto City Hall) looks down on a line of modern Art Deco / Art Nouveau buildings. They are mostly banks and hotels. At the bottom, Praça da Liberdade (Liberty Square) has a large statue of King Pedro IV.

The avenue takes its name from the alliance between England and Portugal. Aliança Luso-Britânica (Anglo-Portuguese Alliance) was ratified at the Treaty of Windsor in 1386 and is believed to be the oldest alliance that is still in force. In 1837, Princess Philippa of Lancaster married King John I of Portugal to seal the alliance.

This is the hangout of Portugal. When they’re celebrating, they come here. When they’re protesting, they come here. When they’re having holidays, they come here. It’s a very central spot.

[Review 9839 overall, 1417 of 2018.]

Link: Avenida dos Aliados

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