Made in the thirties, the monument honors the fallen in the Great War. Designed in a somewhat “Art Deco Classicism” so in vogue at the time, its shape is crowned by an interesting simplification of a motif used since Roman times: the fasces, or bundle of rods tied together to symbolize strength in unity. As the fascist regime had just started in Portugal, surely the designers weren’t totally innocent in applying it to a war monument. Besides the rods and the ties, a third element would typically be present: a protruding axe. Fortunately this was left out, and it’s not really very present in Portuguese fascist iconography, as it is in Italy. Thus we can hopefully leave the dreadful political connotations asides and treat it, about 80 years later, as what it deserves: a great composition featuring stylized Classical ornaments and proportions.