Ana Valentina Angelo
At night a light rain falls. It was sunny during the day and you, Figueira, allowed us all another day of work, leisure and, now, rest. I want to know a little more about you. I seek something that will allow me to know you more closely and, uncompromisingly, type Song of Figueira da Foz. In fact, I have always believed that places like you heighten sensitivity and nothing better than music as language of the soul. And, behold, I find:
Song of Figueira da Foz
António Sousa Freitas and Nóbrega e Sousa
Figueira, Figueira da Foz
From the fine sands
A Mermaid’s Cradle
Looking for shelter.
Stars, golden stars
Adorn the sea
Who, crying proposes
Figueira, at night eh moonlight
Lies beside you
Just to create jealousy
On your boyfriend.
And the mountains, which love you and want you,
Also ache when sunlight
Hugs you and kisses you *
Art, beauty and history
So much history you offer me, Figueira! Two pillories raised in the sixteenth century and restored in the eighteenth bear witness to the power and criterion of “application of justice” from the Middle Ages until the nineteenth century. The monuments are the testimony of the absolute power of the Old Regime former tripartite power in legislative, executive and judiciary.
When walking in the oldest square of the city for an informal stroll or even for shopping, I find a monument already with the eighteenth century restoration, maintaining the “elegance of the Baroque dynamic, in the solomonic column that characterizes it” * and boasting national weapons. It is one of the two existing pillories in the city of Figueira da Foz. Formerly the place was called Praça Velha or Praça do Comércio, nowadays Praça Freire de Andrade.
I will find the second pillory on the beach of Buarcos, Rua Goltz de Carvalho, also original from the 16th century and restored from the 18th century, “… in limestone, …, rises over three steps, in Doric column, with parallelepiped capital … where is carved the coat of arms of the village, consisting of a boat on waves, dominated by rainbows … “**.
Not infrequently, visitors are perceived to be amazed to observe the artistic details of these works and, certainly, to weigh in what represented for humanity the practice of excessive punishment and abuse of power accepted as catharsis to the historical reality of the time.
For both Figueirenses and visitors of other traditions, it is certainly very interesting to be able to have contact with concrete historical elements such as the pillories, as well as all the leisure you offer, Figueira da Foz.