Friday, November 28, 2008

King José I

During his reign Lisbon was totally destroyed by the big 1755 earthquake, followed by a tsunami and a fire. With the help of his PM Marquis of Pombal and Count of Oeiras, the city was rebuilt as we see it now.
The statue sits on Terreiro do Paço, city biggest square, by the Tagus river.

22 comments:

Olivier said...

Lisbonne est la ville des sculptures, elles sont superbes

Mo said...

I had no idea a tsuanami hit this area. I can see another history book joining my library.

JM said...

Mo, those who know Lisbon will be very suprised to know the water covered downtown and went up all Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue) area almost reaching Marquis of Pombal square, which is really far from the river (remember the city is on the mouth of the Tagus river big estuary). It must have been something out of this world!

Tanya said...

Those are gorgeous JM! You just don't see that kind of thing here.
Dang, what did Lisbon do to deserve so much destruction back then?!

I've tagged you, come and see :)

Hilda said...

With that accomplishment alone, he's definitely worth the largest square! He must have been an amazing leader.

JM said...

Well, Hilda, in fact the true 'genius' was his PM the Marquis, who had a great influence near the king and so in the history of the country, not only on the reconstruction of the capital (and surroundings) but in most aspects...

Petrea said...

Having read a little (just a little) about Lisbon, this sparks my memory. What a cataclysm it was! The people who stayed and rebuilt were determined to make it beautiful, and they did.

nobu said...

Beautiful statue in the blue sky.
It is dramatic for me.

Carrie Hayes said...

Great shots, I do like the statues and all the detail

Jessica said...

Wow beautiful sky. Especially in the second photo it contrasts really nicely with the white stone.

marie6 said...

These photos are great, shame when a country is destroyed isn't it?

Joy said...

Stunning photos! Though the top of King Jose's head is a mystery to me.

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Per Stromsjo said...

An earthquake, a tsunami and a fire - all on this guy's watch? Today leaders are being replaced when there's a brief recession in the economy...

JM said...

Joy, he's wearing a hat with ostrich feathers in it. We can count four of them, but this is definitely not the best angle to understand it, I agree with you.

Yes, Per, you are so very right! Times have really changed...

Virginia said...

JM.
I had just a feeling you were ROYALTY! ha

Jules said...

Hi JM - so good to be back and catching up with you again. Will take me ages to get through all the posts though - but hey - what fun!!!


Had a death in the family so it has been a very sad time but I feel so much better being back now.

magiceye said...

lovely!

It is peace in Mumbai at last.
Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes.
Pray for all those who lost their lives and may God give strength to their near and dear ones to bear their irreparable loss.

humanobserver said...

Beautiful......

jill said...

It is difficult to imagine the amount devastation. I know very little about your history and am glad to learn. Superb statue.

PJ said...

I've learned a lot about Portugal from your blog, JM. I had no idea about the earthquake and tsunami. What a horrible thing to happen. Let's hope there isn't a repeat.

Tash said...

King Jose sounds like a great guy. I liked how you spliced the pedestal to the statue - very clever & effective. The horse is just beautiful too.

Susie of Arabia said...

These are fantastic sculptures - thanks! Really interesting history too...