Praça Marquês de Pombal, formerly called Real and later Praça do Comercio, is the main square in the city, having been designed by the Chief Architect of the Court, Captain Reinaldo Manuel dos Santos.
In the center of this square, stands the Obelisk that faces, on its north side, the Church of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, the only parish temple. In this spacious square, perfectly square, each side is precisely 330 centimeters of 22 centimeters. Praça Marquês de Pombal is the biggest urban impact and the urban element par excellence, after the facade of the village.
The constructive strategy used sought to place the square as close as possible to the Guadiana, only two blocks away from it. Although it was not the geometric center of the plant, it is the civic and commercial center of the village. There were the Casa da Câmara and the jail to the east, the Corps of Guard to the south and the Church to the north. The rest of the buildings were used for commerce on the ground floor and for housing on the first floor. The square’s four corners are marked by four morphologically equal clods and in the center stands the Obelisk topped by a crown. Despite not being the geometric center, Praça Real is a central and nuclear space, as it brings together public and commercial services.
On a sunny day, a man lets go of his routine and, inspired by an adventure book, gives free rein to the horse of imagination. This modern-day knight needs a co-pilot, a noble lady to snatch with a serenade and enemies. A Dom Rodrigo and a arbutus would not go wrong with him either. Two actors and a musician embody this Algarve epic, seasoned with the best that the Algarve has. Being «Babuja» means a lot and one of them is being on the edge – of the right people. Artistic and technical sheet Direction: João de Brito Dramaturgy: Joana Bértholo Interpretation: André Canário, Igor Martins and João de Brito Sound: Igor Martins Scenography and props: Carla Martinez and Isabelle Yvonne Costumes: José António Tenente Artistic consultancy: Catarina Requeijo and Yola Pinto Photography and video: Diogo Simão Executive production and communication: Lélia Madeira Production: LAMA