Saturday, June 2, 2012

King José I


The Great Earthquake occurred in 1755, during the reign of King José I. After the reconstruction of the city, a statue of the king was placed in the center of the largest square next to the Tagus River.


Terreiro do Paço aka Commerce Square, Lisbon

29 comments:

brattcat said...

what an elegant square. your angle on it in the second shot is superb.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow a sua foto panoramica está belissima! Essa praça é enorme e tem destaque realmente para a escultura do rei José.
Abraços e um ótimo fim de semana!
Léia

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

What a lovey piece of land. Looks really neat and clean.
Shaun Valleys ShutterBug

Kate said...

A stately statue and what a setting! You captured it so very well.

Cathy Hudspeth said...

Such a beautiful square! Love the deep mustard color of the long, low building. Is that second shot a panorama?

Sharon said...

What a gorgeous setting for his monument.

VP said...

One of the most suggestive squares I have ever seen, and it even faces the river...

Lowell said...

And amazing place. The square is huge. I like the fact you put people in and about the statue and the square so we get an idea of scale...did you have to pay them much? :-)

And I'm really impressed that you've descended from such a important imperial line - Jose I to Jose 4 3/4?

Sorry, I couldn't resist!

Hope you're having a fine weekend!

Lowell said...

I must add that I like you header map shot! That's an old map. Probably made about the time I was born? :-)

JM said...

@Cathy: It's a common shot I've just cropped. I'll have to try taking a panoramic photo of the whole square, but, actually, it didn't occur to me... :-)))

@Lowell: LOL! As to the map, it's from 1910, you're much younger! :-)

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

The status is huge, but it looks so small when put in perspective, the square is enormous and meticulously clean.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

Lovely skies and what a huge, magnificent Square and statue! I love your composition in the last shot, JM!

Sylvia

cieldequimper said...

Beau classicisme !

Yes, I had seen about the exhibition about the upcoming events. Whether I have the courage to go is another story! :-)

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I remember visiting this square.

The teller in the bank near our house in Arizona introduced himself to me as "Jose," but he pronounced the J as a J, not an H as one would expect. When I commented upon his pronunciation, he said that his mother was Brazilian, and that he pronounced his name as it is said in Portugese.

Who would think one might learn something new about Portugal from a visit to a local bank in Scottsdale.

cieldequimper said...

P.S.: you look very dashing and regal JM!

La Principessa Errante said...

Wow. What an amazing square, the architecture is so elegant, but its size in mind blowing.

JM said...

@Dave: When I read he pronounced the J as a J, not an H, I knew he speaks Portuguese, not Spanish! :-) Cool story.

@Ciel: :-)))

Judy said...

I haven't checked in for awhile so had to go back and catch up on your posts. All stunningly beautiful pictures, as usual!

Kathy said...

There is some ornate stonework on some of the nearby buildings. This is a huge square.

RedPat said...

I love that 2nd shot!

Jack said...

Two exceptional photos, JM. The statue and its base are perfect for that location.

I expect that we will see that second image as your banner one day . . . Though I do love your current one, the map showing where Oeiras is.

Randy said...

That is absolutely amazing. I love the yellow.

Dina said...

Oh right! I remember this from my trip in the early 80s. How could anyone forget such a huge square!
J? You mean I've been pronouncing your name wrong all these years?
Poor King José I, having to deal with all that earthquake destruction.

Halcyon said...

What an impressive square! You know how to do things right in Portugal. :)

Kay said...

What an enormous square! The scale is almost staggering! Nicely captured!

Stickup Artist said...

The grand expanse of second image reminds me of Canaletto's paintings of the piazzas in Venice, which I adore. I just saw one at the Getty Center in L.A. last week. How awesome you have the real deal.

Francisca said...

A regal statue of King José I... nnot related, are you? ;-) Curious, did you crop or stitch that panorama or... does your digital camera do pans? Anyway, another JM superb shot.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Yes indeed, King Jose I had a lot to deal with, but as you show us on a daily basis JM he did a splendid job of it!