A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
016: Monumento a Viana do Castelo
When are at the port of the city of Viana do Castelo, your eyes will immediately meet the shiny statue of a bare-breasted woman, apparently moving against a fierce wind, who holds a ship in her left hand, and a flower in her right hand, symbolizing protection of the sailors and welcoming them who go past her, respectively. The statue, in bronze and five meters high, was made by Manuel Rocha,. It was inaugurated on 5 October 1999, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Viana do Castelo. A legend circulates in which a young men was so deeply in love with a beautiful girl named Ana, that he enthousiastically repeated that he had seen het again: Vi a Ana! This became Viana, according to the legend. Through the names Viana de Riba do Minho, Viana do Lima, Viana de Caminha, Viana da Foz do Lima, the city eventually was named Viana do Castelo.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 1999, 2001, 2003, 2017