Thursday, August 13, 2009

Restauradores

Spain invaded Portugal in 1580. Three spanish kings, the Filipes, have ruled the country (the third Dinasty) until 1640, when a group of portuguese noble men managed to fight back, having restored the independence. They were called the 'Restauradores' and this 30 meters high obelisk, built in 1886, standing at a big square with the same name in Lisbon, is a tribute to them.

21 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

JM - wonderful Obelisk/sculpture photo! Interesting history lesson, too! Your new blog header photo is wonderful - beautiful ocean!

SP said...

Hey JM. Congrats on your first year and I'm liking the new look to your blog (the photos are pretty damn good too!)

Dina said...

Restorers of independence deserve a stone "thank-you" of 30 meters.
It's really a nice one.
Hope there is no graffiti on it, old or new. Thanks for your interesting comment on the subject.
Your banner makes me want to jump in the water.

B SQUARED said...

Hopefully, they will be erecting one in Iran before too much longer.

Olivier said...

la photo de la plage est magnifique ainsi que la statue sur l'obélisque
the photograph of the beach is splendid as well as the statue on the obelisk

Vogon Poet said...

Beautiful and well deserved monument, perfectly photographed.

Anya said...

Wow!!
Amazing new banner ^__^
Beautiful beachlook :)
I love it...

The obelisk is great !!

Sharon said...

This is an impressive monument!

Babzy said...

Nice shot ! I enjoy history of the monument !

joan said...

Any attention I might have given to the obelisk has been totally outweighed by your fabulous new header image!

willow said...

Wow!! Your new header photo is marvelous!!!

(thanks for your kind words about my chess pic)

brattcat said...

Really nice upshot of the monument.

cieldequimper said...

Glorious angle, colours!

Cezar and Léia said...

The obelisk is grand but I really must say that what drew my attention at most was the header photo, such a beautiful blue ocean!
God bless you!
Cezar

joo said...

Beautiful statue and superb photo.

Jacob said...

An obelisk is an obelisk and it may have great meaning. But it takes a well-composed, beautiful photo like this to dramatize it properly!

AB said...

I am enjoying the little histroy lessons, too. And this shot -- the black silhouette looks very heroic from this angle.

Bergson said...

Beautiful monument

Your banner is marvelous

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Must be nice having a statue erected in your honour. Although you'd probably have to be dead first before it went up.

Is there a figure on the other side?

Jim K said...

I like the angle. New header photo, I like.

exposemaximum said...

Great angle :)