Estatua de Vimara Peres

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Malgorzata
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Excellent statue
Jul. 2020
This is a really great statue that can be seen walking to the Porto Cathedral. The statue of Vimara Peres is an interesting equestrian statue of a legendary Portuguese person. Vimara Peres, a nobleman from the Kingdom of Asturias, was the first ruler of the County of Portugal. The statue was built by Barata Feio in 1968. It is quite an impressive statue. It is located roughly halfway on the right as you walk towards the Se Cathedral.
Written 21 April 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,018 contributions
Monument dedicated to the founder of Porto with Visigothic roots.
Feb. 2020
The author of the monument to Vimar Peres was the sculptor Salvador Barata Feyo, the author of many monuments and busts to kings, politicians and travelers. Why was the monument to Vimar Peres installed in 1968 near the cathedral? The origin of Vímara Peres is not exactly established, but the name has Visigothic roots. Vímara Peres became the founder and first ruler of the county of Portugal from 868 to 873. It is hard to believe, but in those days these lands were no man's land and neglected. He occupied and mastered the Portus Calais, captured and destroyed by Abdul-Aziz ibn Musa as early as 716, but by this time abandoned by the Moors. Therefore, during the dictatorship of Salazar, a monument was erected to him as the founder of the new Christian Porto. The shape of the monument is not random. The founder of the city is depicted with the banner of the King of Asturias, who owned the land. Those who begin to colonize the land (pressura) must blow the horn and unfurl the royal banner.
Written 17 January 2021
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,293 contributions
Beautiful Backdrop
Feb. 2020 • Solo
I liked this statue of Peres on his horse, a man who reputedly saved or took his city back from the Moors in something like the 9th century. Excuse my vagueness, a guide did explain but I was too busy staring agog at the adjacent Sè (or Porto Cathedral).
To be fair, it's an imposing statue with a stunning backdrop. It's by the path leading up the hill from Sao Bento station to the Sè and well worth a look.
Written 17 February 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia29,081 contributions
Equestrian monument
Oct. 2018
Estatua de Vimara Peres is an interesting equestrian monument to a Portuguese legendary figure. It is located about half way up on your right, as you walk towards the Se Cathedral. It is quite an imposing statue and is dedicated to Peres who is said to have led his people against the Moors, in the 9th century, and retook the city from them.
Written 18 September 2019
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland19,162 contributions
The first ruler of the County of Portugal
Jul. 2019 • Couples
You can find this equestrian statue next to the Se Cathedral.

Vimara Peres was a ninth-century nobleman from the Kingdom of Asturias.

In 868, Vimara Peres was named the Count of Portugal by King Alfonso III of Spain.
Written 19 July 2019
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ164,055 contributions
A Tribute to "The Father of Portugal"
Sep. 2018 • Couples
After visiting Sé do Porto Cathedral, we paused a bit, to enjoy the Estátua de Vímara Peres, on the edge of the grounds. The statue is a tribute to the first ruler of Portugal. I had read about his efforts in the “Reconquista,” or re-conquest in taking back much of Spain and Portugal from the Moors. Our driver/guide filled in many more details, and stated that many considered Peres to be the “father of Portugal,” and hence the placement of his statue at the Cathedral.

On this beautiful mid-September day, we studied this work of art, depicting a 9th Century knight on horseback, holding the battle colors on a lance. The knight (Peres) and his horse are bronze, while the base is local granite. As the statue and Cathedral sit atop a hill, much of the city of Oporto spreads out below him – a very fitting tribute.

I would definitely spend a bit of time visiting this statue, and especially if visiting the near-by Cathedral.
Written 4 May 2019
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Sarah B
Guildford, UK749 contributions
Interesting timeline!
Feb. 2019 • Couples
The timeline on this statue says 868 to 1968, a very long life even for a Portuguese guy! In reality Vimara Peres was the first ruler of Portugal in the 9th century and the Statue was erected in 1968
Written 22 February 2019
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