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Photo "An unusual perspective of the Torre de Belem"

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An unusual perspective of the Torre de Belem
Belém Tower was built in the Age of the Discoveries (when defending the city was of paramont importance) in tribute to the patron saint of the city, Saint Vicente.

In order to enhance Lisbon’s defence, King João II drew up a plan that consisted of forming a three-fortress-defence on the Tagus’s estuary. It formed a triangle and on each angle, a fortress was constructed: Cascais's fortress on the right bank, S. Sebastião da Caparica on the left bank and Belém Tower in the water.

The tower is replete with Manueline decoration, symbols of the King’s power: cables encircling the building and terminating in elegant knots, armillary spheres, crosses of the Military Order of Christ and naturalistic elements such as the rhinoceros, the first such representation in stone known in Europe.

In time, with the construction of new, more modern and more effective defences, the Tower of Belém lost its role as defender of the entrance of the River Tagus.
As centuries passed, new functions were given to the tower. It was a customs control point, a telegraph station and even a lighthouse.
It also served as a political prison, its storerooms transformed into dungeons, since the time when Philip II of Spain became king of Portugal (1580) and during periods of political unrest. Finally, in 1983 UNESCO classified it as a World Heritage Site.
I have to tell you that this photo was taken inside the monument. Usual people take the photo from the outside of the tower. I'll promise you all that someday I'll do the same to show you this beautiful monument.
Thank you. 
Sun 24 Sep 2006 03:34
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Elena HL Elena HL #2 Sun 24 Sep 2006 10:17

Carried away in heavens! Wondeful angle of view, Joaquim! Very interesting notes! Congrats!

Teemu Koppa Teemu Koppa #3 Sun 24 Sep 2006 10:59

Excellent composition!
Great sky!
Well seen!

mircea grumaz mircea grumaz #4 Sun 24 Sep 2006 14:15

good think with that frame and angle of view; regards

Berenice Kauffmann Abud  - AFIAP Berenice Kauffmann Abud - AFIAP #5 Sun 24 Sep 2006 15:20

Excellent composition with wonderful details, textures, light and colors!!!!! Congrats, my friend!
Thanks for the notes!!!!
Bom domigo!

Paulo Figueiredo Paulo Figueiredo #6 mon 25 Sep 2006 02:06

Beautiful POV. Excellent shot. Abraços

Nuno Milheiro Nuno Milheiro #7 mon 25 Sep 2006 02:31

Excelent perpsective of this beautiful architecture, nice detail and colours contrast!


Valeria Strunnikova Valeria Strunnikova #8 Tue 26 Sep 2006 13:48

Very interesting architecture!

Vigen Hakhverdyan Vigen Hakhverdyan #9 Fri 29 Sep 2006 23:18

nice architecture!!!

Brites dos Santos Brites dos Santos #10 Sat 30 Sep 2006 01:38


Olga Zagorodnova Olga Zagorodnova #11 Sat 30 Sep 2006 06:06

Thank for notes, an interesting monument of a history and architecture, well taken.

Anna Ovsjannikova Anna Ovsjannikova #12 Sun 8 Oct 2006 15:39

so beautiful - the white castle and deep blue sky!!!... perfect!

Igor Papeev Igor Papeev #13 mon 9 Oct 2006 12:04

Excellent angle!
Very beautiful detals of tower!
Interested notes!

silvia marmori silvia marmori #14 mon 9 Oct 2006 15:50

a so effective pov!.. such good light, and notes.. i am waiting for more of these!..
beijos, jose!

Roberto Palladini Roberto Palladini #15 Thu 12 Oct 2006 20:37

Excellent composition, very beautiful image. Congrats

dominic jacquet dominic jacquet #16 Fri 13 Oct 2006 14:32

Very nice vue, what a great perspective!