Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Viceroy and the President

 
Statue of Afonso de Albuquerque, Portuguese navigator and conqueror, second Viceroy of India (1508-1515). Scenes of his life overseas are carved around the pedestal.
 
 
The Palace of Belém (18th century) is the official residence of the President of the Portuguese Republic

28 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Bom dia JM!
Wonderful place!
Thanks for sharing
Léia

Olivier said...

une belle œuvre cette colonne, mais j'aime beaucoup la maison en rose.

Leif Hagen said...

Regal photos of a royal Palace! My sister used to live in Albuquerque, New Mexico - any connection?

Jim K said...

Imposing monument. Is the residence open for tours? I bet its neat inside.

B SQUARED said...

Impressive monument and grounds. How long has it been the President's residence?

JM said...

Leif,
The Alburquerque family name dates from pre-12th century Iberia (Spain and Portugal). The city in the USA was named after a spanish Duke who was the Viceroy of 'New Spain' in the 17th century.

Jim,
Yes, there are guided tours of the Palace now and then.

JM said...

B SQUARED,
I think this palace is the official residence of the President since the end of monarchy in 1910, when Portugal became a republic, but I have to check it and let you know.

Hilda said...

The monument looks fascinating with all its details!

brattcat said...

Love that angel at the base of the monument. Any chance we can get a closer look at him? The weather looks so gentle there, as if it could never get too hot. Is that just an illusion?

Sharon said...

The palace is beautiful. I would expect to see guards or a guard post for the Presidential Palace, but I don't see any. The park area is lovely and peaceful. I had the same question about Albuquerque as Leif, so thank you for that answer.

Lois said...

What a beautiful palace and I really like the color! I wouldn't mind seeing what the view looks like from where the Viceroy is standing.

Cristóbal said...

I like the landscaping of the place. It fits the architecture, and I bet it can be a really good place to hold important ceremonies.

Asta said...

Hi JM,

Wonderful pictures. The palace is so beautiful. I just love the colour and the architecture. It's gorgeous.

Best regards
Asta

Jarart said...

It all looks very grand. Is there a fence around it or can people stroll the grounds?

m_m said...

Great place! I like the monument and beautiful palace!

JM said...

Brattcat,
You are right about the weather when I took this shots a couple of days ago. Today there is not a cloud in the sky and it's much hotter!

Sharon,
There are several entrances to the palace but none of them is shown on these pics so, no guards, sorry... :-)

Jarart,
The only fence around Albuquerque monument is what you see and I don't think we can call it a fence, so you will be able to have a closer look of the details.

cieldequimper said...

Wonderful angles in both photos as usual and a very interesting story.

Jacob said...

Incredible statue...so many famous Portuguese explorers! And that palace is unbelievable! What does anyone do with so much space?

Superb photos, JM!

Anya said...

Fantastic shots,
very beautiful sky ;)
Its a really nice place !!

Per Stromsjo said...

Imagine that, having a monument built in your honour four centuries later. I wonder what kind of landmarks will be erected centuries from now to celebrate 21st century photo bloggers! :)

Prospero said...

Afonso de Albuquerque must have been some navigator! I can't believe how high that statue is.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Huge and pink. Could be in Florida.

J Bar said...

Amazing monument.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Kate said...

Fantastic sky, JM. We've had the same cloud formation for two days here in MN and it does something very positive for the environment. I like the phases of the moon on your sidebar, too.

AB said...

Um palácio impressionante.

Vice-rei da Índia! Não soente os ingleses tenham! Acabo de leer da historia do Portugal na India no Wikipedia. Interessante. Vou apreendo muito do teu blog.

Dina said...

A handsome palace.
JM, what events from your life would you want carved under a statue of you?

Peter said...

Somehow makes you wish to be the President of Portugal! Marvellous building! :-)

Kilauea Poetry said...

I'd love to wander around in there!! The sky so blue- dotted with those clouds- what an impressive courtyard. He must of made quite an impact too.