Friday, May 2, 2014

Belém National Palace


This palace in Lisbon dates back to 1726. When Monarchy was replaced by a Republic (1910) the building became the official residence of the President.

Aníbal Cavaco Silva is the current President. He was elected with just 23% of the votes and his popularity is the lowest ever. While the number of poors in Portugal has increased to 2 millions (*) in the last couple of years, his presidency has been the most expensive in the history of the Portuguese democracy: the double of the Royal House of Spain! 

(*) the number of multimillionaires has increased 10,8%!

12 comments:

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

It seems the people who run countries world wide can spend as much money as possible for their own means, but the people always suffer. When I look at Africa it is even worse!! Have a good weekend. Diane

TexWisGirl said...

i am sorry for the state of politics in your country. and that is a very grand home for your president.

Sylvia K said...

Hmmmm why am I not surprised at your current politics???? Sadly, they are way too common everywhere these days. Terrific capture, though, as always, Jose!! Have a beautiful weekend!! Enjoy!

Sharon Anck said...

I fear we may be headed in exactly the same direction. The gap between the rich and poor just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Politics aside, it is a grand home!

Kay said...

The trend is more stark in Portugal but it seems to be happening everywhere.

William Kendall said...

Our federal politicians operate in absolute secrecy, seem hellbent on shutting up anyone who dare criticize them, and act as if scandals are irrelevant.

That said, the palace is lovely.

Photo Cache said...

not focusing on politics, the palace looks very nice and scored high on my scale because i love pink.

Stickup Artist said...

Income disparity is the trend worldwide. Humans are what they are, and to often, aren't very kind to each other or the planet.

bailey-road.com said...

It is a beautiful palace.

Dina said...

But the exterior of the palace is soothing on the eyes.

Cezar and Léia said...

O palacio eh lindo....mas eh muita ostentacao, nao eh mesmo?
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