Porto suffered a significant impact during the dispute between different ideologies, in early 19th century. From the 1820’s Revolution to the Liberal victory in the 1832-1834 Civil War, the city lived intensely the confrontation between two worlds, two distinct ways of viewing society, economy, religion and thought. In 1829, twelve freedom fighters, known as Martyrs of Liberty, were hanged in a public square, and their heads exhibited, as a token of power and menace for others who would dare to challenge the authority of the king.
The two factions – Liberals and the supporters of Absolute power -, led by two brothers, Dom Pedro and Dom Miguel, fought in the city of Porto for 13 months. This historical period left memories in the city – on its streets, places, music, arts, architecture.
The Route PORTO LIBERAL challenges you to discover the places, streets, memories of this time period and to find the heart of our Soldier King, who also liberated Brazil, becoming its first emperor, as an independent country.