sobota, 6. septembra 2008

Lisbon August 2008




46 komentárov:

  1. Many thanks to Belita, who prepared for me the caption to each picture...Beautiful city, definitely...

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  2. This is particularly nice. I am afraid I have not told you that the Park was named after the King of England who visited Lisbon in 1903.

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  3. Very nice shot of the equestrian statue of King Joseph I, dominating Lisbon's main plaza. The reign of Joseph was famous for the great Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755, in which around 100,000 people lost their lives.

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  4. Excellent shot of the Tower that was built as a fort to guard the entrance to Lisbon and with its balustrades, terraces, statues and balconies is probably the most lavishly decorated fortress in the world.

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  5. Only eyes like yours could have taken this picture of the view over the Tagus river, the 25th April Bridge and the Christ Monument.

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  6. Great shot of the Hieronimyte friars Monastery, dedicated to St. Mary of Bethlehem, and a magnificent specimen of Manueline architecture - a blend of late Gothic and Renaissance, very popular in Portugal in the sixteenth century. The church is unique in the boldness of its vaulted roof supported by decorated columns with spreading tops, and it is richly ornamented with the navigation symbols which characterise the Manueline style. The tombs of Vasco da Gama and Camões, the great national poet, are in the church.

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  7. I should have explained to you, Viera, that the top allegorical feature represents Glory crowning Genius and Courage and the Latin inscription reads ‘the greatest virtues’. The statues flanking the royal coat of arms are (from left to right) the Lusitanian warrior Viriatus, Vasco da Gama, the Marquês de Pombal (notable for his swift and competent leadership in the aftermath of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake) and Nuno Álvares Pereira (the Portuguese hero of the Aljubarrota Battle - 1385 - against the Spanish troops). The Arch dates from 1835.

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  8. Very good angle of the Monument to the Discoveries that was inaugurated in 1960 during celebrations of the 500 year anniversary of the death of the Infant D. Henrique (Henry the Navigator). It evoques the maritime expansion and is designed in the shape of a caravel, showing Henry the Navigator at the prow holding a small caravel.

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  9. Interesting...The ruins of the Carmo Church side-by-side to not so old buildings. The Church was destroyed by the earthquake and now houses the Archeological Museum. It is one of Lisbon's most unusual memorials

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  10. Viera, do you remember, after our lunch at the upper town, we took it to go the the lower town. It was built in 1901. Two cabins travels up and down the tower with room for 25 people in each. The elaborate exterior is in a Neo Gothic style with touches of filigree.

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  11. Oh, Viera, how tired we were when we visited this site of the old Expo 98 Site, which is now called Parque das Nações. Much of the park is a pedestrian only zone and features impressive modern architecture, bars and restaurants, gardens, an oceanarium, and other attractions.

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  12. During the Middle Ages Rossio had already become a central stage for the life of the city. Until the end of the 18th C. the burning of heretics, carried out as part of the Inquisition, took place here and bullfights were still being staged here up until the XIX. The square was used for major events of all types - from carnival balls to mass rallies. ulsating center of the city. Today, Rossio is not only a meeting place for both citizens and tourists but also the workplace of countless newspaper vendors, shoe shine boys, street traders and lottery ticket sellers. Many buses also stop in the square; the main taxi rank is located here, as is the most southerly Metro station and a railroad station serving many suburbs; it is the most congested area for traffic in the city center. Amid all this pandemonium Rossio's cafes are popular for sitting and watching the world go by.

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  13. Viera, did I tell you that this arch is also called Triumphal Arch?

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  14. Docas, is one of the liveliest nightlife areas in Lisbon. The scenario is beautiful and the many restaurants, bars, street cafés and discos by the river make a night out in Lisbon something really special.

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  15. Nice take of the bridge over the Tagus River, which is more like an estuary at Lisbon. It was begun in 1962 and opened in 1966, The bridge is 2.3 km (1.4 miles) long, perhaps the longest suspension bridge in Europe. It was originally named for Antonio Salazar, who was dictator of Portugal from 1932 to 1968. It is now called the April 25 Bridge, for the date of the revolution in 1974 that overthrew Salazar's successor, Marcelo Caetano. The monument of Christ the King is seen on the left.

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  16. Good take of the Lisbon Cathedral, the city's oldest church. Since the beginning of its construction,in the year 1147, the building has been modified several times and survived many earthquakes. It is nowadays a mix of different architectural styles.

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  17. Perfect shot, Viera, of this Monastery, said to be the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. King Manuel I built it in 1502 on the site of a hermitage founded by Prince Henry the Navigator, where Vasco da Gama and his crew spent their last night in Portugal in prayer before leaving for India. It was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama's voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. It is one of the great triumphs of European Gothic (UNESCO has classified it a World Heritage monument), with much of the design characterized by elaborate sculptural details and maritime motifs. This style of architecture became known as Manueline,

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  18. You were lucky...the weather was fine... and the shot shows well the Manueline styele, a style of art that served to glorify the great discoveries of the age. Viera, do you still remember how each column was differently carved with coils of rope, sea monsters, coral, and other sea motifs evocative of that time of world exploration at sea?

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  19. Unfortunately, there was no time to take you up over the top of the hill and visit the Castle that stands above the center of Lisbon to the east and is clearly visible from a long way off. The origins of this former fortress date back to an Iron Age settlement on this site, which was occupied by the Romans in about 205 B.C. The 110m/361ft high hill on which the castle stands also constitutes the central starting point of Lisbon's development.

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  20. wow that's amazing...thank you so much...

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  21. I told you belita, you are an angel...

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  22. A place I want to visit...someday...

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  23. What a beautiful place! I shall visit it someday.

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  24. really beautiful city...thanks for your visit...

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  25. very beautiful thank you marry christmas

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  26. Merry Christmas Daze and for all my friends...Peace and joy ...

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  27. Yes, this is pure Manueline Style, from the old times of the king of Portugal D. Manuel I.

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  28. Nice photo of "Sé de Lisboa" (in portuguese).
    Lisbon is my city, where I live.

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  29. Ask: What is the right (upright, straight) hand of the horse of D. Jose (King Joseph I, of Portugal)?
    Answer: The right hand is the left one. (take a look on the photo) :-))

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  30. This is the door of Augusta Street, if you come from the side of south to north, or from the Tagus River ("Rio Tejo", in portuguese).
    The historical mean things about this Arc are right and you have all explanation from Belita. No more words are needed.

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  31. Thanks for your visit vitrocas...I'm very happy that I had the possibility to visit also your beautiful city...

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  32. yes...it was very nice trip, definitely...thanks for visit...

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  33. What were you shopping for?
    Beautiful picture dear Viera
    I also love Lisbon, hope to go there one day soon.
    Marianne used to travel a lot to Lisbon when she worked for Air Canada.
    Very close friend's parents live there.
    Plus she was the godmother of her best friend's wedding in Lisbon.
    Wonder if you read?

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  34. It was a beautiful shop with a jewellery... typical shop for ladies interest...:-))

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