A the 400 year-old Monastery of the Jeronimos, the city's most revered monument, Lisbon paid its last tributes in a state Funeral service on Thursday (July 30) to Portugal's former ruler, Dr.
A the 400 year-old Monastery of the Jeronimos, the city's most revered monument, Lisbon paid its last tributes in a state Funeral service on Thursday (July 30) to Portugal's former ruler, Dr. Antonio De Oliveira Salazar.
Official delegations came from various parts of the world for the funeral. From Spain and South Africa the Foreign Ministers Gregorio Lopez Bravo and Hilgard Muller, from Brazil the Vice President, Admiral Augusto Rademaker, from Britain the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mr. Joseph Godber, from France the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs M. Jean De Lipowski, from the United States Secretary of Commerce Maurice Stans, and from West Germany the Vice-President of the Bundestag, Dr. Karl Schmidt.
After the solemn religious rites, the enbalmed body of the ex-Premier, who died on Monday (July 26) was taken in procession to a specially prepared railway siding to start a slow journey through the heart of the country to his birthplace, Santa Comba Dao.
In his last will and testament, Dr Salazar, authoritarian in his rule but of deep personal austerity, said be wanted no monuments on his grave - a simple site next to that of his father and mother.
He was buried there later in the day.