Praça Marquês de Pombal
The square in the centre of Vila Real de Santo António is named after the minister Marques de Pombal
The Praça Marquês de Pombal is the central square in the city, named after the Prime Minister who ordered the rebuilding of the city after the devastating earthquake of 1755. The church, situated on the outskirts of the square, is flanked by a set of buildings identical in construction. This type of structure ensured the reconstruction of the city in just five months. The obelisk in the center of the square is dedicated to King Joseph I.