Monument to General Francisco Silveira - Chaves, Portugal
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N 41° 44.542 W 007° 28.158
29T E 627280 N 4622304
Quick Description: Monument to General Francisco Silveira inaugurated in 2009 by the President of the Portuguese Republic Aníbal Cavaco Silva.
Location: Vila Real, Portugal
Date Posted: 2/26/2015 2:34:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMNE6C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member puczmeloun
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Long Description:
THE PLAQUE
"Monumento ao General Francisco Silveira
Bicentenário do cerco e tomada de chaves
Inaugurado por sua excelência o Presidente da República
Professor doutor Aníbal Cavaco Silva
sendo Presidente da Câmara o
Dr. João Batista
Chave, 25 de Março de 2009"


"Monument to General Francisco Silveira
Bicentennial of the siege and taking of Chaves
Inaugurated by His Excellency the President
Prof. Dr. Aníbal Cavaco Silva
being the Mayor
Dr. João Batista
Chaves, March 25, 2009 "




WHAT WAS INAUGURATED
"The monument in bronze is a tribute to General Francisco Silveira, national hero of the city of Chaves for his victory against the French in the Napoleonic wars.
The equestrian statue stands at the entrance of the main access to the Forte São Francisco, near the drawbridge. It has a large landscaped tiled murals, on both sides of the statue.
The monument was built in 2009 to commemorate the bicentennial of this historic event in 1809.
Translated and adapted from: (visit link)

"Francisco Silveira, Count of Amarante (1 September 1763 – 27 May 1821) joined the Portuguese army and fought in the Napoleonic Wars. In March 1809 he led a force which carried out the successful Siege of Chaves from its French garrison. He kept the French from capturing Amarante from 18 April to 3 May 1809 during the second French invasion of Portugal. Driven out, he later recaptured the place and helped cut off the forces of Nicolas Soult, forcing the French marshal to abandon his artillery and wagon trains in order to escape. He commanded a Portuguese division in Arthur Wellesley, Marquess of Wellington's Allied army at the Battle of Vitoria on 21 June 1813."
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WHO INAUGURATED IT
"Aníbal António Cavaco Silva, (born 15 July 1939), is the 19th and current President of Portugal. He won the Portuguese presidential election on 22 January 2006 and was re-elected on 23 January 2011, for a second five-year term. Cavaco Silva was sworn in on 9 March 2006.

He was previously Prime Minister of Portugal from 6 November 1985 to 28 October 1995. His tenure of ten years was the longest of any Prime Minister since Salazar, and he was the first Portuguese Prime Minister to have won an absolute parliamentary majority under the current constitutional system (which was established after the country's redemocratization following the Carnation Revolution)."
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What was opened/inaugurated?: Monument to General Francisco Silveira

Who was that opened/inaugurated it?: Aníbal Cavaco Silva (President of Portugal)

Date of the opening/inauguration?: March 25, 2009

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