National Pantheon, Lisbon
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
I was walking in Caxias when something peeking through the trees caught my attention. I jumped over the fence, walked for one minute and found this pavilion which is falling apart. I looked for the main residence and, actually, there are two manors not far away but none of them looks regal enough, so the 'mystery' remains.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
(Old) Church of Our Lady of Conception, Lisbon
This was my first visit to this church and I have no idea 'who' is inside the glass box - creepy! -, some saint I guess. I could have asked the woman but she was so concentrated that I didn't want to bother her (actually she didn't even see me).
This is just one more church that collapsed after the 1755 Great Earthquaque. However, the stone elements of the façade were reused in the reconstruction and are a great example of the original Manueline style. Unfortunatelly I didn't manage to get a proper shot - narrow street, tram cables and much traffic - but you can check it here.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
This fort dates back to 1553 and is considered to be the greatest coastal defense building in Portugal. During the French invasion, Napoleon troops have occupied it in the year of 1807, but British allies conquered it one year later and in 1809 the fort was again in Portuguese hands.
It currently is the official residence of the Minister of Defense.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Church of Santa Engrácia, Lisbon
Building work proceeded from 1682 through 1712, when the architect died. King John V lost interest in the church, concentrating his resources in the gigantic Convent of Mafra. The church was left unfinished until the 20th century when it has been converted into the National Pantheon, in which important Portuguese personalities are buried.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Casa dos Bicos, Lisbon (check the building here)
José Saramago (16 November 1922 – 18 June 2010) was a Portuguese novelist, poet, playwright and journalist.
In 1992, the Portuguese Prime Minister Cavaco Silva -yuck!-, who currently is our President -yuck!-, ordered the removal of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ from the European Literary Prize's shortlist, claiming the work was religiously offensive. Disheartened by this political censorship of his work, Saramago went into exile on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, upon which he resided until his death in 2010.
In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
This is the end of the street where I live.
The aqueduct was built to supply water to the palace of the first Count of Oeiras, the founder of the city of Oeiras (1759)