Praça da República or Republic Square is at the heart of the historic city of Viana do Castelo in northern Portugal. This place has a bit of Viana history and also serves as the venue for a lot of contemporary events which are held at the exterior area of the square and inside the monuments.
Praça da República, Republic Square, is at the heart of the historic city of Viana do Castelo in northern Portugal. It is well-known for its monuments which date back to the 16th century, like the Renaissance granite fountain with an armillary sphere at the top; and the old town hall, Antigos Paços do Concelho with its floor arcades. It also has an old almshouse called Misericórdia, which has a renaissance facade where you can find monster caryatids at the columns that support its loggias and an adjacent church called Misericórdia, which is adorned with Portuguese tiles.
This place has a bit of Viana history but today, it is a popular venue for contemporary events that are usually held at the exterior area of the square or inside the monuments. There are different kinds of programs that are known to be held here. In July, there’s the medieval fair; in August, the Nossa Senhora da Agonia Festival; and in September, the International Folklore Festival. There are also concerts, street markets, and lots of exhibitions.
The Nossa Senhora da Agonia Festival is the most important event here. The Republic Square is the main place to be for you to see lots of drum players as well as a huge crowd; at night, there are concertina players and people dancing.
Furthermore, this place is also a favorite meeting point for people of all ages at any time of year because it’s a nice place to visit, chill out at the terraces, and shop.