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Bocage

The monument in Bocage’s honour was inaugurated on 21 December 1871.  The white marble statue of the poet stands on a Corinthian column.

Bocage is holding a bird’s feather in his right hand and sheets of paper in his left. The statue is two metres high and, like the column, was sculpted in Germano José de Salles’ workshop in Lisbon.

Bocage was born in Setúbal on 15 September 1765, and died in Lisbon on 21 December 1805.

Luísa Todi

The statue of Luísa Todi is found on the avenue named after her, in front of the Civil Government building, and was inaugurated on the centenary of the singer’s death in the former “Parque das Escolas” (School Park), which today is the José Afonso Square.

The statue was later moved to the Luísa Todi Avenue. It was designed by Abel Pascoal, sculpted by Leopoldo de Almeida and built by Abílio Salreu.

Luísa Todi was born in Setúbal on 9 January 1753, in the parish of Nossa Senhora da Anunciada, and died in Lisbon, on 1 October 1833.

St. Francis Xavier

When heading for the East on an evangelical mission during the first half of the 16th century, the Jesuit priest passed through Setúbal, and impacted its citizens so much that they requested for him to be proclaimed patron saint of the city, which he became in 1703.

Francis Xavier was born on 7 April 1506 in the Navarre Region, next to the French Pyrenees, and died on the Chinese island of Shangchuan on 3 December 1552. He was canonised in 1622.

Calafate

António Maria Eusébio, or “Calafate” (Caulker), how he was known due to his profession, and also dubbed “the singer of Setúbal” was a charismatic, popular author who, although simple and illiterate, described the evolution of Setúbal during the transition from the 19th to the 20th century in poems and songs.

He was born in 1819 and died in 1911. The monument in his honour, located in Bonfim Park, was created by architect Castro Lobo, and was offered to the city by Setúbal’s Rotary Club in 1968.

Sebastião da Gama

Sebastião Artur Cardoso da Gama was a poet, educator and the pioneering voice for the defence of the “Serra da Arrábida” (Northern hillside).

He was born on 10 April 1924 in Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, and died on 7 February 1952.

The statue in his honour stands in the main square of his hometown – Vila Nogueira de Azeitão.

‘Manel Bola’

The statue of Carlos Rodrigues, more commonly known as ‘Manuel Bola’, measures 2.15 metres in height and was created by the visual artist Jorge Pé-Curto. His smile greets those who pass by Setúbal’s main avenue, and he takes his hat off to the Luísa Todi Municipal Forum, a concert hall where he performed countless times during his long acting career.

The inauguration ceremony was held on the 73rd birthday of Manel Bola, on 3 September 2017.

Jacinto João

One of the icons of the Vitória Football Club history, Jacinto João, or JJ, lives on in a bronze sculpture, standing on synthetic grass on the Vitória Football Square roundabout, in front of Bonfim stadium.

He was born in Luanda on 25 January 1944 and died in Setúbal on 29 October 2004.

He was one of the most respected names in Portuguese football in the 60s and 70s and is linked to the golden age of the Vitória Football Club.

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