On Wednesday Brazil’s independence from Portugal celebrations took place in an event attended by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the Assembly of the Republic, Augusto Santos Silva, along with the heart of Pedro IV, which in August went to Brazil to be shown as a memory and tribute to the first king of Brazil.
The flight that returned the heart to the city left Brazil on Thursday evening, making stopovers in Recife and Cidade da Praia, Cape Verde, with an arrival at Francisco Sá Carneiro airport scheduled for 12:40pm, said the Porto City Council.
The local authority will take advantage of the transfer to Porto for a second exhibition at the Church of Lapa, on Saturday, between 8am and 8pm, and on Sunday between 10am and 4pm, with admission being free.
At the end of the exhibition, the ceremony of guarding the heart of D. Pedro will take place, with the mayor of Porto municipality, Rui Moreira, "leading this moment and, himself, guarding the heart with five keys, before placing it in the museum," reports the municipality.
The ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 pm. and will include a musical performance on the Monumental Pipe Organ, with interpretation of works by J. S. Bach, Marcos Portugal and Pedro IV.
At the same time, in another room, the exhibition "D. Pedro IV: A heart, a will" will take place, which contains documents and historical objects about the passage of D. Pedro through the city of Porto, the municipality adds.