25 May 2012

Campo dos Mártires da Pátria

Today I passed by a monument in Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, dedicated to a medical doctor - Dr. Sousa Martins - born in 1897 and renowned for his work amongst the poor in Lisbon. After his death, a secular cult has arisen around him in which he is thanked for "miraculous" cures. These are the stone plates lying at the feet of his statue, each with a special thanks or intention.