Photographer's Note

... World War II, XX century madness, Fatima, Salazar's heritage, the end of Portugal and of Christian Europe

World War II stands above the rest for XX century madness.
Salazar's most important act was to keep Portugal out of it.

Salazar's most visible heritage is the Salazar Bridge, Golden Gate's sister bridge. A few years after Salazar's death it had the name changed to 25 April bridge. Part of rewrintg the History of Portugal under Salazar, a good example of how rapidly such History lies can be activated.

The Christ the King monument, inaugurated on May 17, 1959, was the last major Christian landmark to be built in once christian Europe.

where there is no mention of Salazar:

The construction of Cristo-Rei was approved on a Portuguese Episcopate conference, held in Fátima on April 20, 1940, as a plea to God to release Portugal from entering World War II. However, the idea had originated on a visit by the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro in 1934, soon after the inauguration of the statue of Christ the Redeemer on 1931.

Construction started in 1950 and took nine years to completion, It was funded by public subscription.

--- More about Salazar's heritage:
Bairro Alto vs. 20th century madness.

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