The Passion for Enlightenment.
The square of all the celebrations in Lisbon pays homage to Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, the Marquis of Pombal, the great Portuguese statesman of the XVIII century. This illuminist is turned, from the top of a 40m high column, to downtown Lisbon, as if sighting the city he visioned to reconstruct after the 1755 earthquake. Inaugurated in 1934, this monument is topped by a full-body statue with the hand resting on a lion, symbol of royalty, determination and strength. Along with the pedestal there are several allegories like the female figure, which here symbolizes (his) “rebuilt Lisbon”. The roundabout around your body.