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Rei Dom Afonso Henriques de Portugal

King Afonso I of Portugal

1106/11 - 1185
the first King of Portugal. He achieved the independence of the southern part of the Kingdom of Galicia, the County of Portugal, from Galicia's overlord, the King of León, in 1139, establishing a new kingdom
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António Augusto Lagoa Henriques
1979

Ourique /  Rei Dom Afonso Henriques de Portugal   Ourique /  Rei Dom Afonso Henriques de Portugal

Description

Statue of King Afonso with sword and shield.

The Battle of Ourique (25 July 1139: St. James Day) saw the forces of Portuguese Prince Afonso Henriques (of the House of Burgundy) defeat the Almoravid led by Ali ibn Yusuf. Historians are divided as to the location of this battle. At the time, the name 'Ourique' designated a large area south of Beja. The great distance that separated Ourique from the Christian lines farther north has led some historians to suggest various localities in central Portugal, abandoning the traditional idea that the combat occurred in Ourique in the Alentejo. It would have been difficult for the then Count of Portugal, with a realm little beyond the Mondego River, to go all the way south to battle five Moorish Kings. One plausible alternative is Vila Chã de Ourique, located some 15 km from Santarém.

Inscription(s)

d. afonso
henriques
derrotou
os mouros
na batalha de
ourique
em
25 de julho de 1139

erigada
por
subscrição
publica
em
25 de julho
de 1979

King Afonso
Henriques
defeated
the Moors
in the battle of
Ourique
on
25 July 1139

Erected
by
public
subscription
on
25 July
1979

Signature

Monogram LH.

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