Largo do Carmo
Type: Attractions, Free Attractions, Historic Sites, Military, Museums, Outdoor Activities, Uniquely Here
On April 25 1974, the Portuguese government headed by prime minister Marcelo Caetano fell to a coup known as the Revolução dos Cravos, or Carnation Revolution. The coup, initiated by the Armed... Read More
On April 25 1974, the Portuguese government headed by prime minister Marcelo Caetano fell to a coup known as the Revolução dos Cravos, or Carnation Revolution. The coup, initiated by the Armed Forces Movement (MFA), gave the signals for the military to take over strategic points of power in the country. Caetano sought refuge in the main Lisbon military police station at Largo do Carmo. The MFA, plus hundreds of civilians, quickly surrounded the building. Caetano eventually relented and ceded power. Not a shot was fired, and many of the insurgents had put carnations in their gun barrels, which gave the revolution its name. Portugal eventually emerged as a democratic country and April 25 (Freedom Day) is today a national holiday. Every year on the anniversary of the revolution people gather in Largo do Carmo to commemorate the bloodless coup.
Largo do Carmo
- Historic Sites: "The police station is still there, and houses a museum dedicated to the history of the Guarda Nacional Republicana, a civilian police force. You call also call the Tourism Office listed here for more details."
- Best for Historic Sites Because: A pivotal moment in the history of Portugal, the Carnation Revolution was played out in a dramatic way in Largo do Carmo.