Thursday, April 4, 2013

National Archive of Torre do Tombo


The archive is one of the oldest institutions in Portugal, since its installation in one of the towers of the castle in Lisbon, occurring during the reign of Fernando I (1378). It was moved from the National Palace of São Bento to the new building in 1990.

16 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

It looks a very secure building.... Have a good day Diane

Dina said...

It looks strong enough to protect the archive.

LOLfromPasa said...

Interesting structure. Such a contrast to the majority of buildings you share. Very solid indeed.

Sylvia K said...

It does indeed look like a very strong building and intriguing design and what a history!! Great shot for the day as always, JM! Enjoy your weekend!

cieldequimper said...

What are those four things on the façades? This isn't much my style of architecture...

JM said...

@Ciel: Gargoyles.

Kay said...

Gargoyles on a linear building like that! That's unexpected. It looks as if at least the lower floors may have more light than expected. Interesting structure!

Linda said...

A fascinating building.

LONDONLULU said...

It looks like a real fortress, those archives are worth protecting, for sure! It's different and I like the contrast:)

Randy said...

Nice architecture.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Not very attractive is it. I know of a building like that here in Australia and they put fake windows on the exterior to make it looks less formidable.

Babzy said...

looks like a bunker ! :)

crocrodyl said...

Quite strange building, looks like some Polish ones built during the communist era.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Very symmetrical and secure looking building JM.

VP said...

The last work of Soviet architecture, in Portugal? By the way, it looks functional and not bad at all...

Lowell said...

This is scary. It's threatening. Fascist! Yiks! But I have a feeling someone could not break into it very easily!

A fine photograph - love the symmetry!