A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
012: Praça de Carlos Alberto
In the Medieval Era, this square was called Largo dos Ferradores (Blacksmith’s Square). It was also known as the Feira das Caixas, referring to the carpenters that produced wooden boxes for migrants heading for Brazil. In 1849, Carlos Alberto, king of Sardinia and Piemonte, stepped down in favor of his son, Vitor Emmanuel II who later unified Italy, with help of Garibaldi amongst others. Carlos Alberto settled himself in a small palace at Largo dos Ferradores in Porto, and died only three months later. Soon the square was renamed after him. His palace is now in use by the city council. The square also exhibits a monument that remembers the Portuguese that died during the Great War of 1914-1918.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 1999, 2001, 2003, 2017