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Street Campo dos Martires da Pátria / Jardim da Cordoaria in Traditional Portuguese Pavement with white stone and granite paved road

Oporto - Campo dos Mártires da Pátria

North and west of the Clérigos church is the broad Campo dos Mártires da Pátria. A part of it is taken up by the Praça de Lisboa, with its market stalls, while another part holds the beautiful Jardim de Joao Chagas (Jardim da Cordoaria). On the south side stands the old prison (18th C.), and at the northwest corner the Hospital de Santo António (begun 1769). On the north side of the Campo is the University (founded in 1911; previously a technical college), which also has a small Natural History Museum.

In the photo, left, better known as Jardim da Cordoaria. Also known as Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, has the official name of João Chagas Garden.

In the Middle Ages this site became the centre of the cord warners. In 1865 it was transformed into a garden following a desing by the German Landscape gardener, Emil David. It became a very popular meeting place for town people utntil the beginning of the XXth century.

Photos: Celso Gonçalves Roc2c

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