Heart of D. Pedro returns to Brazil, but before it can be seen in Porto

D. Pedro IV was buried in Brazil, but his passion for the city of Porto wanted his heart to remain in Portugal. Now, the relic will cross the Atlantic, in what is a symbolic return, and where it will be the attraction of the bicentennial of the independence of Brazil. The heart travels on Sunday, after being exposed for two days at Igreja da Lapa, in Porto, and will stay 20 days in Brazilian territory.

Having been the first emperor of Brazil, it was D. Pedro IV who, in exile, proclaimed the country’s independence.

The person responsible for the operation is Superintendent Leitão da Silva, commander of the Porto Municipal Police, who carried out a scientific assessment of the feasibility of this trip. THE RenaissanceLeitão da Silva said that this is an unprecedented security operation, but not more complex than others carried out in the art world.

“We have a wide range of works of art that cross the oceans and that have extra security attention when they pass from country to country. Therefore, in this situation the same security principles will apply.”

The official highlights the commitment of the Brazilian authorities, which “have dealt with this matter in an extraordinarily professional manner and have very delicately fulfilled all requests so that the exhibition and transport are carried out in the best way”.

Special showcase leaves a relic at the height of the human heart

The commander of the Porto Municipal Police, who will accompany the heart during the 20 days, reveals that the “Brazilian authorities have made available a flight of their Air Force that will come to Sá Carneiro airport to pick up the relic and the exhibitor”.

The superintendent emphasizes that a scientific assessment was carried out on the feasibility of this trip. “We collaborated with the University of Porto and the National Institute of Legal Medicine to assess its state of conservation and to see if everything was within normal parameters.”

In addition, a showcase was requested especially designed to accommodate the heart of D. Pedro IV, designed by architect Luís Tavares Pereira.

“The piece/table itself represents the heart and the four heart chambers”, he begins by explaining, adding that the heart will be the height of a heart in the human body, taking as a reference the average height of the Portuguese and Brazilians, which places the heart at approximately 1.30m. “There is a symbolism associated even with the exhibitor that will give the show the dignity it deserves.”

The design prioritized the integrity of the exposed objects, as well as assembly, disassembly, transport and lighting.

It will be possible to visit the King’s heritage in the Noble Hall of the Irmandade da Lapa between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm on Saturday and between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on Sunday.

Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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