Santo António - Lisboa, Portugal
Posted by: manchanegra
N 38° 45.186 W 009° 08.640
29S E 487487 N 4289388
Quick Description: Statue of Saint Anthony of Lisbon in Alvalade square ion Lisbon.
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Date Posted: 2/19/2012 5:15:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMDRN3
Statue of Saint Anthony of Lisbon in the middle of Praça de Alvalade, a square in Lisbon.
The Statue was placed in 1971 and it´s a work by the sculptor António Duarte and the architect Carlos-Antero Ferreira (surrounding area). Originally the square center was larger and the project was intended to have a lawn with the statue in the middle. Regrettably, over the years, the street has gone wider and the central space smaller. As for the Grass, no signs of him. Nevertheless, the statue was well received by the population and the square is sometimes called known as Santo Antonio Square.
"Saint Anthony of Lisbon (also known as Saint Anthony of Padua), (born Fernando Martins de Bulhões; 15 August 1195 – 13 June 1231) was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order.
Though he died in Padua, Italy, he was born to a wealthy family in Lisbon, Portugal, which is where he was raised.
It was first Augustinian friar, having joined as a novice (1210) in the Convent of São Vicente de Fora, in Lisbon, and later went to the Convent of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, where he made his law studies.
He became a Franciscan in 1220 and traveled widely, living first in Portugal, then Italy and France.
In the year 1221 became part of the General Chapter of the Order of Assisi, at the invitation of Francis himself, the founder, who also invited him to preach against the Albigenses in France.
It was then transferred to Bologna and then to Padua, where he died at 36 (or 40) years.
His reputation for holiness led him to be canonized by the Catholic Church shortly after his death, distinguishing himself as a theologian, mystic, ascetic, and as noted above speaker and great miracle worker.
Saint Anthony of Lisbon is also considered one of Portugal's most notable intellectuals of the pre-university. He had a great culture, illustrative references that appeared in his sermons show that he was familiar with the works of Pliny the Elder, Cicero, Seneca, Boethius, Galen and Aristotle, among other classical authors, being versed in several aspects of the profane sciences. Its great to know what became one of the most respected figures in the Catholic Church of his time. It was the first Franciscan Doctor of the Church, and his advice was sought by Saint Francis himself. St. Bonaventure said he had the wisdom of the angels.
Noted by his contemporaries for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge of Scripture, he was declared a saint almost immediately after his death and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in January 16, 1946."
(Adapted from Wikipedia Portuguese and English versions)
Associated Religion(s): Roman Christian
Statue Location: Praça Alvalade (Square)
Entrance Fee: 0
Artist: Sculptor António Duarte and Architect Carlos-Antero Ferreira
Website: Not listed
Take a picture of the statue. A waymarker and/or GPSr is not required to be in the image but it doesn't hurt.