This statue near the Douro River commemorates the 5th centenary of Price Henry’s birth and was inaugurated in 1900. He was the main figure of the Portuguese Discoveries. The statue is of Prince Henry the navigator, in battle dress, beside a globe and symbolically pointing overseas. Though the tour guide suggested that perhaps he is pointing at the nearby church where his parents are laid to rest.
The statue involves a few parts. At the top, the prince standing next to a globe of the Earth. The pedestal features a neo-gothic phytomorphic stylisation (nope, I have no idea what that means). At the base, a statue of Victory leading two steeds and two tritons, representing the triumph of the Portuguese sea voyages. There is also a feminine shape symbolizing the Faith in the discoveries. And the low reliefs represent the conquest of Ceuta and the Prince in the Sagres promontory.
I did wait about five minutes but that damned pigeon wouldn’t fly off!
[Review 9914 overall, 1492 of 2018.]