Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The City Wall


Remnants of the 5 kms long 'Cerca Nova' (the Lisbon Walls), built by King Fernando in 1373(*), can be found at their original place in this 1845 building which currently is a shopping mall.

(*) King Enrique II of Castile (Spain) had previously destroyed the Visigothic and Moorish walls in his attempts of conquering the city.

31 comments:

Woody said...

Interesting preservation technique, work for me and makes a nice conversation piece for the mall.

joo said...

I like it - must be nice shopping there!

Sharon said...

This would be interesting to see and for an archeologist, an interesting place to poke around.

brattcat said...

remarkable to see the property owners display and build around this ancient wall. it must bring such a deep and interesting energy to the place. we have nothing like this to compare. i wonder how many shoppers pay attention to it.
re your question: it's a private home.

Sylvia K said...

How fascinating and fantastic to have that preserved in a mall of all places! I love it! Would definitely be my favorite place to shop!! Terrific capture, JM! Enjoy your evening!!

Sylvia

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It seems strange to have such an ancient piece of historic structure, in a shopping mall, but I guess as long as it's being preserved it doesn't really matter where it is, I would find it fascinating to know it was so old. Great find JM

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Bela fotografia de valioso Património...Espectacular....
Um abraço

Irina said...

Great composition. To touch history - it would be great experience.

cieldequimper said...

Excellent that they've kept it but why is it green?

Halcyon said...

An interesting addition to the boring shopping mall!

Tanya said...

that is truly remarkable! love the way it is just nestled at home there with the new...amazing!!

Photo Cache said...

I'm applauding to keep it where it is.

JM said...

@Irina: Actually you can't touch it, there's a glass shield down there. :-)

@Ciel: I have no idea why some 'brilliant' mind decided to put green lights there, but in fact, it looks greener in the photo, don't ask me why...

Jacob said...

How cool it is to live in a place with such a history. We talk about the Seminole Wars of the 1800s as if those were ancient times! :-)

VP said...

It is always interesting to see these relics preserved inside modern building. It helps the knowledge with the contrast between old and new, avoiding damage or, even worse, destruction.

RedPat said...

Such history - that is so incredibly old!

Gine said...

Quelle photo ! Très étonnante et pleine de mystère : elle reflète bien l'histoire de ce mur. C'est très réussi !

Andrew said...

It's nice it has been preserved and shared...

Sérgio Pontes said...

Nunca lá entrei, tenho de lá ir

Milton Ostetto said...

muito interessante

Dianne said...

it's fantastic that the wall was preserved!
your photo is beautiful

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Is this on the ground floor or below ground? How fabulous that someone decided to preserve rather than destroy it.

Jack said...

I am impressed that the developers preserved it and worked around the wall. In the USA, it would have had one of two fates. Either the preservationists would have prevailed and nothing could have been built near it, or they would have lost, and it would have been bulldozed.

Al said...

Now that's something different and unique in a shopping mall - great shot with the ancient and modern contrast.

Randy said...

So nice that they build around it. That would be something to see in person.

Cezar and Léia said...

Essa ideia é maravilhosa, a pedra é linda e gosto muito desse tipo de construçao e arquitetura tão moderna!
Linda foto!
Léia

Francisca said...

Well, THAT is certainly an outside the box idea... a 12thC wall in a modern mall...

Babzy said...

wowo , impressive !

T. Becque said...

Oh my gosh, I'd stare at the wall all day instead of shop!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is a very interesting snippet of history == and a remarkable picture.

Dina said...

So glad the wall has been given a place of honor, well protected.