Kingdom’s coat of arms

XVIII Century

Medium/high relief

Inventory sheet

This coat of arms comes from the facade of the missing Real Teatro de S. João, in Porto, designed by Vicente Mazzoneschi, an Italian architect and painter who was in Portugal working at the Teatro de S. Carlos in Lisbon as a set designer.
The Royal Theater of S. João was inaugurated on May 13, 1798, the birthday of the prince regent D. João (future D. João VI). The theater was destroyed by a huge fire that occurred on the night of April 11th to 12th, 1908.
The royal coat of arms stone is made up of eight granite blocks on which the royal coat of arms of Portugal are presented: an oval shield, resting on a stripe, with five escutcheons, each loaded with five besantes, with a border in seven castles (three in stripes and two on each side) surmounted by a closed crown.