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Sunday, 12 December 2010

Lisbonita


Lisbon is beautiful, but even more so by night.....



Lingering around in the golden light, as the trams switch on their lights and the twinkle of the ferries pass before your eyes upon the river in front of you.  Praca do Comercio is one of my favourite places in Lisbon.

  Positioned on the river front in downtown Baixa, with it's beautiful arcades and buildings, it's no surprise that this was once home to the Royal Palace.




Dominating the centre of the square is a bronzed statue of Dom Jose, Monarch during the earthquake and the two years of the city's rebuild. 
 Redesigned by the King's Minister - the Marques de Pombal, he wanted that the many surrounding streets be named after the businesses that populated them, such as RUA DA PRATA (SILVERSMITHS' STREET) and RUA DA SAPATEIROS (COBBLERS' STREET).

Marques de Pombal

Seeped in history and a warm atmosphere, you wouldn't imagine that these streets facing the river felt the full force of the 1755 earthquake, pretty much destroying what was then one of Europe's wealthiest capitals. Then in 1908 two of Portugal's last Royals King Carlos I and his eldest son came to a devastating end when they were shot dead here.   Clearing the way for the declaration of the Republic two years later.






 and finally home to catch the breathtaking view from our house.........


Happiness xxx

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1 comment:

Bethany said...

Amazing pictures!

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