“The Military Order of the Tower and of the Sword, of Valour, Loyalty and Merit (‘Ordem Militar da Torre e Espada do Valor, Lealdade e Mérito,’ in Portuguese)) is a Portuguese order of knighthood and the pinnacle of the Portuguese honors system. The order was originally created by King Afonso V of Portugal in 1459, under the name of the Order of the Sword, inspired by the legend that Arab rule in Africa would end when a Christian prince would besiege the fortress at Fez. Knighthood in the Order of the Sword was given as a reward to those who participated in the conquests and battles in Africa.”
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From Museu da Presidência da República, the organizers of this historical exhibit:
“A show that presents the history of the Military Order of the Tower and Sword, of Valor, Loyalty, and Merit, and of its highest degree, instituted in 1939, to be granted only to heads of State with exceptional contributions in the military field. It follows the evolution of the order and the 1962 amendment, which defines that merit is no longer exclusive to military deeds, and institutes the attribution of the Grande-Colar (“the Great Necklace”), at the end of the mandate, to the Presidents of the Republic.”
Tue-Sun, 10h-13h / 14h-18h.
Show up until November 1st.