Column of Pedro IV

Column of Pedro IV, Lisbon: Address, Column of Pedro IV Reviews: 4/5

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Neighborhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!
How to get there
  • Rossio • 1 min walk
  • Restauradores • 4 min walk
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,874 contributions
Excellent at night
Aug 2021 • Couples
Beautiful column that must be about 100 feet high. Ornate statutes on the corners and a fluted volume stretching to the top. Excellent
Written August 29, 2021
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Malgorzata
10,460 contributions
The majestic column
Jul 2020
Located in the square of the same name, though also popularly known as Rossio, this column is dedicated to Pedro IV, King of Portugal. The bronze statue, erected in 1870, stands on a marble column 23 meters high. At the base on the pedestal are 4 allegorical female figures: prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. Four cardinal virtues attributed to the king. Overall, this is an attractive monument, flanked to the north and south of the square by Baroque style fountains.
Written February 9, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,768 contributions
King of Portugal & Emperor of Brazil
Mar 2020
It’s actually pretty hard to see Pedro IV because he is right at the very top of a 27m tall Corinthian column. It's a long, long way up. You'd have to hope he has a head for heights.
It’s much easier to look at the figures around the base instead. At the bottom of the column are reliefs of 4 angels, looking like very large pressed butterflies and 4 female figures who symbolise justice, wisdom, strength and moderation. I particularly liked 'Strength' who has her arms forcefully folded across her body, as if to say ‘don’t mess with me’.
You’ll also notice a lot of coats of arms (4 on each side) each belonging to a different Portugese province.
We were intrigued to know what Pedro IV had done to warrant such a tall and prominent monument. It seems that he is mostly remembered for introducing the Constitution or Charter of 1826 - the statue shows him holding it in his right hand. Interestingly, Pedro only ruled Portugal briefly and spent most of his childhood in Brazil, where the royal family had fled in order to escape Napoleon. Later, Pedro would declare Brazil an independent empire and become the first emperor of Brazil.
Written February 3, 2021
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LostALot22
Chicago, IL10,327 contributions
Nice statue
Feb 2020
The column sits in the middle of a square. You will pass it a lot if you are walking the city. There are a lot of tours that start from here. The statue is pretty nice.
Written June 12, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia32,292 contributions
A historic monument
Apr 2019
This is a 19th century construction of the King Pedro IV. It is located in a prominent spot, in Rossio Square, or as it is formally known, Praca Dom Pedro IV. The statue stands at the top of a very tall Corinthian type column which is also elaborately decorated at the lower part with some symbolic figures. The statue is the centrepiece of the large Square which also features a couple of lovely baroque type fountains. It's worth a look.
Written March 28, 2020
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ10,776 contributions
Another tribute to a King of Portugal
Sep 2019
During my time in Lisbon, my hotel was located adjacent to Rossio Square. This was nice place to walk around before or after dinner to people watch and enjoy the beautiful weather. In the center of Rossio Square is large pillar that is a monument dedicated to the memory of King Pedro IV of Portugal. This marble statute was erected in 1870 and features a bronze statue of King Pedro IV in a General’s uniform atop the column. At the bottom of the monument are four female figures which I learned represent Justice, Wisdom, Strength, and Moderation. This is a nice monument to visit while in Rossio Square.
Written March 10, 2020
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Shefa A
7 contributions
Column Pedro IV
Jan 2020 • Couples
The place is well designed and surrounded by beautiful old buildings. The floor is artistic ... looks like sea waves with two colors: white stones and black stones. Many activities are held in this square making your tour in the city full with surprises.
Written February 10, 2020
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badmintontim
Hastings, UK4,512 contributions
Tall Structure
Nov 2019 • Couples
This reminds me of Nelsons Column in Trafalgar Square in London as it is tall and as others have said - imposes over the rest of the area which I am sure that the designer planned for it to do
Written November 17, 2019
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,638 contributions
An imposing monument!
Jun 2019
During our four day stay in Lisbon, we passed through Rossio Square on a number of different occasions.
Each time we walked through there, we were amazed by the very tall and imposing marble column with a statue of King Pedro IV perched at the top of it.
It is certainly a very popular photographic subject. Each time we were there, a number of visitors were standing well back in the square while attempting to get a photo of the whole column on their cameras or phones.
This huge column is certainly an obvious landmark in central Lisbon and worthy of a close inspection by any tourist spending time in the centre of the city!
Written October 11, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK149,633 contributions
Tall Column
Jul 2019
This column stand sin tribute to King Pedro IV of Portugal of the royal house of Braganza. His legacy was to lead the independence of Brazil from the then Portuguese Empire and becoming the Emperor of Brazil through it's early and turbulent birth, but ultimately abdicating.

The statue stands atop a 23 metres high corinthian column and depicts the king wearing a general's uniform with a cloak, his head crowned in laurels, and holding the Constitutional Charter of 1826 in his right hand. At the base of the column are the four female allegorical figures of Justice, Wisdom, Strength, and Moderation. Qualities supposedly of the King.
Written August 19, 2019
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