Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Parliament


Also known as São Bento Palace, Lisbon

The original building was a monastery dating back to the 16th century. Many transformations took place over the centuries and in 1834 the Portuguese Parliament was installed here.

20 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

A very impressive building indeed! What a grand palace, your majesty!

Gine said...

Impressionnant comme il se doit...

Sylvia K said...

Magnificent building and fantastic captures as always! Not sure if they were taken late or very early, but whatever, the timing was perfect for the skies and lights! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

VP said...

I am sorry I missed this at the time, an impressive and elegant palace. Even our parliament was something of ecclesiastic use before,

Sharon said...

Wow,such a beautiful building. Last week I was in Washington DC and this building would fit in beautifully there.

Cezar and Léia said...

What an imposing building! And what big miss-out, I need to see it sometime when (if) I return to Lisbon!
God bless you!
Cezar

Jacob said...

The first word that comes to my mind is majestic! It exudes strength and power. I hope it's inhabitants are not as stupid and ignorant as are many of our representatives and senators!

JM said...

@Jacob: Actually this place is full of liars and incompetent people who, unfortunately, have the power to rule our lives!...

Gunn said...

This is a fantastic building and a nice photo.
It also reminds me of the palace (slottet) in Oslo.
have a nice weekend!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Majestic .. yes that is the word ... even if the creatures it houses aren't.

Randy said...

Beautiful and yes as Joan stated it's looks majestic.

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful building---maybe the Monks should still be in charge of it--or not. MB

J Bar said...

What a wonderful piece of architecture.
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Joanne said...

Muito bem... andaste a passear!

brattcat said...

I agree with so many others. This is an impressive piece of architecture.

Lois said...

It is magnificent! I love those columns.

T. Becque said...

Nice history again! And of course the building is impressive!

Dina said...

So many buildings were once monasteries. It is beautiful.

th said...

Tenho estado ausente, estou a pôr as minhas visitas em dia.
Fotos fantásticas, como sempre, não comento mas admiro.
Mas esta merece-me um reparo, pelo que te peço desculpa.Em 1834 ainda não havia Pepublica em Portugal, só mais tarde, em 1910. Penso que há aqui qualquer coisa a rectificar...estou errada? ou seriam as Cortes???
Beijinhos, theo

JM said...

@Theo: ...Mas é claro que eram as Cortes! Qual República, qual carapuça! :-))) Não sei onde estava com a cabeça quando escrevi a legenda da foto... Muito obrigado pela correcção desta gaffe.