E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Pena Palace, Sintra

Pena Palace, Sintra

Part of the fabulous Pena Palace that is perched on the top of the Serra de Sintra in Portugal.

The palace was built from 1839 onward. The work was directed by Baron von Eschwege for King Consort Dom Fernando II of Saxe Coburg Gotha, who had bought the ruins of the Hieronymite Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Pena. Some parts of the monastery were kept ~ the cloister, and chapel with its carved Renaissance reredos.
The design of the castle is based on the romantic styles of Bavaria but includes interpretations of Manueline, Moorish and Gothic art and architecture.

Pena Palace, Sintra

Part of the fabulous Pena Palace that is perched on the top of the Serra de Sintra in Portugal.

The palace was built from 1839 onward. The work was directed by Baron von Eschwege for King Consort Dom Fernando II of Saxe Coburg Gotha, who had bought the ruins of the Hieronymite Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Pena. Some parts of the monastery were kept ~ the cloister, and chapel with its carved Renaissance reredos.
The design of the castle is based on the romantic styles of Bavaria but includes interpretations of Manueline, Moorish and Gothic art and architecture.

comments (16)

  • Sidak
  • India
  • 22 Oct 2006, 05:36
lovely angles,
great depth,
beautiful structures
but too much light on the other minaret while too little on the nearer one, im a subtle contrast freak so i wish that the light distribution had been a bit more even.
smile
EJWilkins: Hi Sidak, good point about the contrast ... I'll learn wink
Morning Ellie, once again, lovely shot. The one glaring mistake that I pick up, is the visitor on the rampart - maybe you can clone him out?Nice contrast and there's that blue sky I would have liked in the Harley shot!!!!!!Regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: Hi Neil, thanks and yes, the person is a nuisance. I had a go at cloning him out but it was glaringly obvious I'd done so ... no skill you see. wink The alternative was to crop the shot so tightly that half the building disappeared. I'll learn.
Glad you like the sunny blue sky smile
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Oct 2006, 11:25
Well composed Ellie, like it smile

Hadn't noticed the person on the rampart till Neli said, might be worth testing out your cloning skills.
EJWilkins: Thanks Chris. I did have a go at cloning the chap out of the shot but it looked dreadful so I gave up!
Hi Ellie smile
This palace is amazing and this picture is very well done and gives a nice and exact idea of how beautiful it is - Hope to see some others from this place here !
Have a nice sunday !
EJWilkins: Hi Zeblgleb, yes it is an amazing palace. From a distance it glows and sparkles. It's a pity it's showing obvious signs of decay, have you been there?
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 22 Oct 2006, 14:10
lovely colours and nice angle ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks a lot for dropping by Nev, I'm glad you like it. smile
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Oct 2006, 15:50
Very nice shot Ellie,I love that blue background. Like the angle as well.
EJWilkins: smile Thanks Elsie
Angle is tops and so is the texture of the walls. Good stuff
EJWilkins: Thanks Atunbi, glad you like it.
  • johnnyg
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Oct 2006, 19:25
You do have an eye for colors don't you. I like the comp too, have to say i didn't notice the visitor and I'm not sure it matters. Well done and I hope you had a great weekend.
EJWilkins: Hi Johnny, the weekend's been nice and wet! Thanks for the complimentary comments smile
  • Ararat
  • Spain
  • 22 Oct 2006, 20:21
I seen that castle few years ago, it´s a beautiful castle and a nice picture.
EJWilkins: Oooh smile I'm glad somebody else has been there, we really enjoyed visiting the area and hope to go back soon.
Beautiful castle!!wink
EJWilkins: It is a beautiful place, I hope to share some more shots of it soon.
  • Frank
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Oct 2006, 22:42
Nice ! Nice angles nice perspective.
EJWilkins: Thanks Frank smile
This is beautifully framed, nice composition. Thanks for posting the info with the shot, not everyone is so forthcoming with such detailed explanations.
EJWilkins: Thanks 'Psychodudu' for your kind comments smile I wasn't sure whether to add any information or not, but it's a real fairytale palace well worth a visit, so I thought I should say a little bit about it.
  • dafredo
  • France
  • 22 Oct 2006, 23:44
nice shot, and nice piece of history !
EJWilkins: Thanks Dafredo, I'm never sure whether to add any information or not.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 23 Oct 2006, 03:26
That is a beautiful capture of a crazy mix of architectural styles.
EJWilkins: Hi Martin, you're not kidding it's a mix of architectural styles! You'll see what I mean when I upload another shot of the place, which has turrets pointing in all directions. smile
  • Eileen
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2006, 22:31
I love the colours and shadows in this one!
EJWilkins: Hi Eileen, thanks, I'm glad you like it.
oh!...The Dreams Palace

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