King Carlos I Assassination Site
Type: Free Attractions, Historic Sites, Sightseeing, Uniquely Here, Unusual
By 1890 Portugal was broke. Revenue that once flowed generously back into the country from colonies in Africa and, more importantly, Brazil, had dried up. The country was in crisis. The government... Read More
By 1890 Portugal was broke. Revenue that once flowed generously back into the country from colonies in Africa and, more importantly, Brazil, had dried up. The country was in crisis. The government collapsed and society began to crumble. The Portuguese people began to leave the country in their droves. King Carlos, I instigated reformist measures and the prime minister, João Franco, ruled by decree. Democracy had evaporated. On February 1, 1908, the king, his queen and his two sons arrived in Lisbon. As their open carriage drove through the Terreiro do Paço, two bullets struck the Portuguese monarch, killing him instantly. A second assassin aimed at the heir, Dom Luís Filipe, mortally wounding the prince. The blood-splattered birth of the Republic had begun. A plaque in the northwest corner of the square marks the spot where the shootings took place.
Terreiro do Paço
- Historic Sites: "To better understand the history surrounding the assassination, and the consequences thereafter, join a guided walking tour that takes in Terreiro do Paço. Call the tourism office on the number listed here."
- Best for Historic Sites Because: This historic site not only indicates the location of a murder, but it also signposts Portugal's irrevocable transition into a Republic.