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Praça do comercio

Praça do comercio
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Copyright: ana vazao (anavazao) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 720 W: 0 N: 225] (4178)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-16
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Sony CyberShot DSC-H1
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-27 11:24
Viewed: 2324
Points: 42
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"Urban development of the banks of the Tagus (the Ribeira) was given a definitive impulse in the early 1500s, when King Manuel I built a new royal residence - the Ribeira Palace - by the river, outside the city walls. The area was further developed with the building of a port, ship building facilities (the Ribeira das Naus), the Casa da India and other administrative buildings that regulated the commerce between Portugal and other parts of Europe and its colonies in Africa, Asia and America.

Statue of King José I, by Machado de Castro (1775). The King on his horse is symbolically crushing snakes on his path.On November 1, 1755, during the reign of King José I, a great earthquake followed by a tsunami and fire destroyed most of Lisbon, including the Ribeira Palace and other buildings by the river. José I's Prime Minister, the Marquis of Pombal, coordinated a massive rebuilding effort in the enlightened spirit of the time. The Royal Palace was not to be rebuilt, and the square was given a regular, rational arrangement in line with the reconstruction of the new Pombaline Downtown, the Baixa.

The large square (170 m by 170m) in front of the Ribeira Palace, called Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square), was rebuilt following the symmetrical design of Portuguese architect Eugénio dos Santos. He designed a large, rectangular square in the shape of an "U", open towards the Tagus river. The buildings have galleries on their groundfloors, and the arms of the "U" end in two large towers, reminiscent of the monumental tower of the destroyed Ribeira Palace, still vivid in the architectonic memory of the city. His plan was realised almost completely, although decorative details were changed and the east tower of the square and the Augusta Street Arch were only finished in the 19th century.

The square was named Praça do Comércio, the Square of Commerce, to indicate its new function in the economy of Lisbon. The symmetrical buildings of the square were filled with government bureaus that regulated customs and port activities. The main piece of the ensemble was the equestrian statue of King José I, inaugurated in 1775 in the centre of the square. This bronze statue, the first monumental statue dedicated to a King in Lisbon, was designed by Joaquim Machado de Castro, Portugal's foremost sculptor of the time.

Opening towards the Augusta Street, which links the square with the other tradicional Lisbon square, the Rossio, the original project by Eugénio dos Santos planned a triumphal arch, only realised in 1875. This arch, usually called the Arco da Rua Augusta, was designed by Veríssimo da Costa. It has a clock and statues of the Glory, Ingenuity and Valour (by the French sculptor Camels) and those of Viriatus, Nuno Álvares Pereira, Vasco da Gama and, of course, the Marquis of Pombal."
by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pra%C3%A7a_do_Com%C3%A9rcio

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Hi Ana!
nice composition, wonderful view...interesting light and sharpness...
best wishes!

Hello Ana,
Great show of rhytm, light and perspective...
Crisp image also
Selahattin E

Hola Ana

excelente perspectiva en enfoque bien logrado

Óla Ana,

Lovely view to this corridor with great architecture and a wonderfully chosen POV.
Simply a gorgeous shot with superb sharpness and nicely managed DOF. I like teh way a person (on the right corner of the picture), is sitting in the corridor.
Very well seen!

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

PS: Already finished with my daily point limit usage, so pardom me for not awarding points to such beautiful work.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2009-08-27 12:57]

Óla Ana,
Architecture is wonderful. A marvelous view. Good light and colors in the photo. Very good contrast. Very good work.

Hi Ana
excellent pov and great observation of light and shadows playing in this wonderful passage. well composed and captured.
beautiful arches and lamps decorating the place. splendid architecture.

Ciao Ana. Amazing light's perspective and good sharp. I'm thinking.... BW version! I hope you'll like my WS.


hi Ana .. great composition .. with great lighting and colors... its really nice to take this shot with people walking around ..well done .. regards Harout.

Olá Ana!
A perpectiva, a cor e o contraste são excelentes.
O efeito de luz e sombra foi bem conseguido.
Muitos parabéns pela bela foto!

Boa noite
Excelente photo.
bela captura e Lisboa é bonita.

Hi Ana,
interesting presentation on one architectural spot..
very well composed and fine details..

Bonjour Ana.
Le contraste très fort a un peu surexposé les zones claires.
L’image reste toutefois très belle avec des bons détails dans la pierre.
Une bonne réussite, bravo.
Bonne journée.


Ola Ana! Perfect vertical composition. Ideal capture and exposure. Nice frame. Very good scene with homeless, very original architecture. Great effect. Saude e Paz!

Hello Ana,
I do like this architectural composition. Very attractive repetition of columns, lighting is exquisite, and there is good contrast and tone. My best regards.

Buena toma , excelente perpestiva y punto de fuga, buen contraste de luces y sombras, felicidades,un abrazo

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-08-28 9:02]


fantastique image quelle perspective, ce jeu d'ombres et lumières ce belles colonnes avec les arches, grandiose.

bravo et amitié


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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2009-08-28 10:05]

Great picture Ana!
The light and shadows, the composition and perspective....it's fantastic!

Two years ago I was here too.

TFS and greetings from Netherlands,

Ola Ana,

Gosto da composição, uma imagem que podia ir assim para um guia turístico. A única coisa que distrai são as partes onde cai o sol. Aí tem luz a mais e teria sido melhor dar um pouco menos de luz.


a good compo indeed.. with an effective perspective..
light is really nice here.. it makes all intense and alive!
ciao Marco

Magnificent shot of that lovely place!
Great composition and light.
Excellent presentation.

Hello Ana,

That is a lovely capture, my friend. I like the diminishing composition and usage of light. TFS.


Bom dia Ana,
Bela foto, o jogo de sombras e luz está muito bonita. Os dois primeiros postais são magnifica moldura.
Belo lugar e estupenda profundidade.
Meus resoeitos,

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