November 27, 2013 by mariannat92
Something you notice pretty quickly when walking around Coimbra is that the Camara Municipal has a bit of a thing for naming roads after famous ex-residents of the city. I love it, and I’ve decided to celebrate it here with a series of posts about some of my favourites. First up, it’s Eduardo Coelho. I hope you enjoy!
Unfortunately my street is one of the few not named after anybody famous, so for my first post of kind I decided to go for Eduardo Coelho, who gives his name to a road very near to my house in the Baixa. This is a caricature of him by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (thanks wikipedia). Isn’t he dapper.
Eduardo was born in Coimbra in 1835 and, after the death of his father, was sent by his mother to work as an printers apprentice in Lisbon. He soon went to work at the Imprensa Nacional (National Press) and, in 1864, funded the Diário de Notícias alongside his friend Tomás Quintino Antunes. Coelho worked as director of the paper (which is now one of Portugal’s best known) until his death in 1889. He was dedicated to making the newspaper informative, independent and modern and was a close personal friend of the famous novelist Eça de Queiros.
Today it’s quite hard to find out much information about Eduardo Coelho (or at least that’s what I found when researching this post) but his legacy is thriving through the newspaper he worked so hard to set up. Not to mention, some pretty awesome people walk through his road every day. Yep, that’s right, that’s us. Cringe.
Next time: Padre António Vieira