Colonial War Monument - Lisbon

Colonial War Monument - 

Monumento aos Combatentes do Ultramar

 

The Monument to the "Heroes of the Ultramar", also called "The Combatants of the Ultramar", by the sculptor João Antero de Almeida, was inaugurated on January 15, 1994, in Lisbon, near Bom Sucesso Fort. The construction initiative took place in 1987, by a group of Associations. The objectives of the construction of this piece can be summarized in the following points in the descriptive document: "Perform an act of justice to the combatants who served the Homeland overseas"; "To exercise cultural, patriotic and pedagogical action in the defense of Portugal and favor a national function, to render solemn honors to the memory of the Combatants, in historical consecrated dates or in the occasion of State visits to our Country. The work is of entirely abstract conception, with strongly geometric elements. It is based on a formal purity, translated into a monumental portico, well integrated into Bom Sucesso Fort. It consists of a triangular shape of simple lines, acquiring a sharp verticality, through this triangle that conveys sobriety and meditation. There is in the piece a symbolic charge, created through a minimization, where the architectural structures prevail. The sculptural treatment of the frontal face of the work intends to humanize the coldness of its geometry, and create a stronger call point, in the centre. The sculpture was executed in stone, including metal and a mirrored zone, surrounded with the water element, which in turn, reflects its twin forms, duplicating them, but in reverse, as in the visual level, with the image of the narcissus myth when it is mirrored in the water. We are facing a monumental construction next to the Tagus estuary in a tight environment where the presence of water is dominant.

 

Entrance Free

Food - Near By

Tram - 15

Street Parking - Yes

Car Park - Near By

Av. Brasília Forte do Bom Sucesso, 1400-038 Lisboa

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