Sunday, October 7, 2012

Queen Mary II National Theatre

 
Rossio Square, Lisbon
 
The theatre was built on the site of the old Estaus Palace(*) between 1842 and 1846. A fire would partially destroy the building in 1964 and it took fourteen years to reopen doors.
 
(*)built around 1450, it became the seat of the Inquisition in the 16th century; the palace survived the 1755 Great Earthquake but it was destroyed by a fire in 1836

23 comments:

Cathy Hudspeth said...

Such beautifully paved plazas you have there!

Joan Elizabeth said...

The building is nice but I can't help but notice the great pavement.

Dina said...

It is creepy to think of the first building housing the Inquisition.
The present theatre looks pleasant and the wavy tile pattern adds to it.
May it never know earthquakes or fires again.

Cezar and Léia said...

Essa calçada é maravilhosa!
Lindissima foto!
Léia

Beth Edwards said...

the payment really plays with your eyes. what a gorgeous place. love the architecture. wow!! so beautiful. (:

ladyfi said...

That's a wonderful square.

Audrey said...

Superbe endroit et les paves font un tres joli sol ;o)

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for your comment today. am hoping your mother will be okay!

Sharon said...

Such a beautiful building. It's hard to imagine a building like that being consumed by fire.
Sorry to hear about your mother but, so happy she is doing better now. Tell her I'm sending my best wishes from Arizona in the US.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I love this pavement. The theater looks grand, also.

Sylvia K said...

Such a lovely old building, but with a spooky history where the inquisition is concerned. I love the wonderful stone work that is so prevalent in Portugal! Wonderful capture as always, JM! I do hope your mother is doing much better and gets to come home soon!!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

Absolutely stunning

RedPat said...

Fabulous with that undulating pattern in the foreground!
Glad your mum is getting better - such a stressful situation. Best wishes to her!

Kay said...

Beautiful! The pavements are so amazing in Lisbon I'd have trouble looking up!

Sorry to hear your mother has been sick! I know how hard that can be for both of you. I hope she recovers fully, and soon. Best wishes to you both.

Birdman said...

... and that foreground walkway is something to behold.

NatureFootstep said...

lol, this ground pattern makes me dizzy. :)

Randy said...

Amazing, I like the pattern on the driveway.

Kate said...

Beautiful pavement that fairly undulates before our eyes!

I hope that your mother is recovering; keep us posted.

Stefan Jansson said...

Cool effect here.

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Karl Demetz said...

Stunning pavement, wonderful composed photo!

Stickup Artist said...

It's a beautiful building but shudder, the Inquisition! Am totally taken by the wavy tiles and love the way you shot the scene to enhance them for full effect!

Jack said...

I would LOVE to see this pavement. It is wonderful!!!