Few historical figures have marked Portugal, in its configuration and relationship with the world, so deeply and in such a radical and transformative way as Infante D. Henrique (1394-1460) did.
He was the fifth son of King John I, the founder of the Avis dynasty, and Queen Filipa of Lencastre. Also known as “The Navigator”, this brilliant light of medieval history left Portugal and the world with a huge legacy, since he was one of the major figures in the Portuguese maritime discoveries.
He died in Sagres and his remains lie, since 1461, at the Monastery of Batalha, in the Founder’s Chapel.
The bust which can be found in this square was inaugurated in 2010, for the celebration of the 550 years since his death.