Thursday, March 8, 2012

Decay (LVI)




Quinta das Laranjeiras, Lisbon 

The Lisbon Zoo was founded in 1878. In 1905 it was transfered to the present location, a property owned by the Count of Burnay known as Quinta das Laranjeiras (Orange Tree Farm) at, what was then, the outskirts of town.

29 comments:

Tanya said...

so beautiful jm!

San said...

Amazing, each and every one of them. I'd love to see this place in person.

Lúcia said...

Sempre fiquei impressionada com os azulejos de Portugal!
Que lindo lugar! :)

Steffe said...

This really is my kind of decay.

Sharon said...

Oh, this needs to be saved...soon! Beautiful.

Serra said...

Já não vou ao zoo há 36 anos! Qualquer dia tenho que lá ir.

Halcyon said...

Quite a contrast to the Rheinsberg Palace. If it hadn't been used as a convalescent home during the "Wall Days", I imagine it would have ended up like this though. There is a certain beauty in decay. :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

This is so sad JM, I bet this was once very beautiful.

Rob Siemann said...

Wonderful, wonderful!
And thanks for the Oscar!!!

orvokki said...

Beautifull and wonderfull place. I really love these images.
Greetings..!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, so sad indeed!! Such a beautiful place! I do hope someone decides to save it, otherwise, what a loss! Wonderful captures as always, JM!

Sylvia

Irina said...

I wish the series finish because of the lack of photo-material, I wish it lasts forever because the decay is so beautiful in your photos.
Amazing.

cieldequimper said...

Funnily enough this makes me even sadder than the tower...

Kay said...

So beautiful and sad at the same time. Places like this seem eternal, but the decay tells us they need maintenance to survive.

VP said...

I like this, even in full decay. I really hope it will have a brighter future...

NixBlog said...

Delightful melancholy in this place which was once bright, new and beautiful...

PS: Do try to get to Austria and Vienna, it's absolutely gorgeous!

RedPat said...

It is so sad to see this decay JM!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Now I am not sure I would call this one decay ... just worn -and beautifully so.

I get your point re the oryx.

crocrodyl said...

So beautiful! Lovely tiles!

Lowell said...

So much effort and money must have been put into the construction of this place...it's a shame that it's been left to rot. But the grandeur shines through and certainly makes for a wonderful "decay" post!

Milton Ostetto said...

belas fotos , os azulejos portugueses sao muito bonitos

Carolina Tavares said...

Consegues imaginar este lugar restaurado? Eu consigo. Belíssimo!

Randy said...

That would be a great place to explore.

Photo Cache said...

oh your decays are always amazing. i would love to see your decay portfolio :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Aquela primeira foto está divina, maravilhosa composiçao!
Léia

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful photos.

Regards and best wishes

Jack said...

JM, these are at the same time achingly beautiful and terribly sad.

Emille said...

Very aptly titled JM! A beautiful nostalgic almost, rendition!

Hilda said...

Lovely! All it needs now is a tree whose roots will grow as big as the one in Ta Prohm.