Photographer's Note

We had a beautiful evening in Coimbra. After the walk along the riverside during the blue hour, we went to a Fado Concert. This spot with the monument of Joaquim António de Aguiar, was very photogenic during the day but at the blue hour unfortunately it was not uniformly lit, with some very dark areas. This made it very hard to balance the exposure of various parts of the scene, and I was not very happy with the outcome.
As you can read below, Joaquim António de Aguiar was responsible for a law which was a Portuguese version of “Dissolution of Monasteries” by Henry VIII.

Joaquim António de Aguiar (Coimbra, 1792 – Lisbon, 1884) was a Portuguese politician. He also served as minister of justice during the regency of Peter IV and in that capacity issued the 30 May 1834 law which extinguished "all convents, monasteries, colleges, hospices and any other houses of the regular religious orders". Their vast patrimony was taken over by the Portuguese State and incorporated into the Fazenda Nacional (the National Exchequer). This law and its anti-ecclesiastical spirit earned Joaquim António de Aguiar the nickname "O Mata-Frades" (English: "The Friar-Killer").

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