E.J.Wilkins

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Moorish Castle, Sintra

Looking towards the trees that were in yesterday's picture of the Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros) at Sintra, Portugal. This picture was taken last summer.

The - Wikipedia article - says this :-

"the Castle of Sintra was built by the Moors, possibly between the 9th and 10th centuries. Arab chronicles depict the Sintra region as being very rich in cultivated fields. Its castle was one of the most important in the surroundings.

In 1147, after the conquest of Lisbon by King Afonso Henriques, the Moorish garrison of the castle surrendered to the Christians without resistance. Afonso Henriques promoted the development of the region by granting a foral (letter of feudal rights) to the inhabitants of Sintra and its castle in 1154. During the reign of King Sancho I the castle was repaired, as well as the romanesque Church of Saint Peter, (Igreja de São Pedro) inside its walls."

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Moorish Castle, Sintra

Looking towards the trees that were in yesterday's picture of the Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros) at Sintra, Portugal. This picture was taken last summer.

The - Wikipedia article - says this :-

"the Castle of Sintra was built by the Moors, possibly between the 9th and 10th centuries. Arab chronicles depict the Sintra region as being very rich in cultivated fields. Its castle was one of the most important in the surroundings.

In 1147, after the conquest of Lisbon by King Afonso Henriques, the Moorish garrison of the castle surrendered to the Christians without resistance. Afonso Henriques promoted the development of the region by granting a foral (letter of feudal rights) to the inhabitants of Sintra and its castle in 1154. During the reign of King Sancho I the castle was repaired, as well as the romanesque Church of Saint Peter, (Igreja de São Pedro) inside its walls."

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comments (11)

A nice vantage. The trees really add interest to the shot.
EJWilkins: Thanks, glad you think so smile
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 26 Jun 2007, 01:34
I really like this one Ellie. One thing I notice when away is the wonderful way the flags fly. Here, they have a depressing tendency to hang limply from their poles or end up twisted around them.
EJWilkins: Glad you like it. The flag, if I remember rightly, was fluttering a bit, and I had to wait until it was spread out enough to look nice. They look so much better when you (I) can see the emblem. Amazing though, up there on the top of the hills, that the flag wasn't wrapped round the pole. I wonder if somebody had the job of untangling it?
Could be Corsica too ! Ah ! Holidays !
EJWilkins: Never been to Corsica, are there tall mountains there?
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Jun 2007, 07:59
Yes....even better than yesterday's excellent picture, Ellie. Trees are as wonderful as their man-made neighbours.
EJWilkins: Thanks Ray, I prefer this one too.
  • johnnyg
  • in and around Liverpool Street
  • 26 Jun 2007, 10:54
I too think this is better then yesterdays post though I can't put my finger on why.

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EJWilkins: I like this one better too, I think it's because the sun's in a different direction.
I've never seen a castle in real life. It's nice to see them through your eyes.
EJWilkins: Thanks Mary, this is so much bigger in scale than most of the UK castles, more the size of a small town. I think it's probably been cannibalised too with the stone being used for buildings elsewhere on the mountains.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Jun 2007, 14:27
Great shot Ellie. The stonework provides excellent textures. I first thought the flag is a rag caught in the tree, but then recognised the Portugeuse flag.

Only thing is a pity that you can't move the tree in front of the left tower - under some rule that is called the photographer's licence smile
EJWilkins: Good point about the tree, it would have taken a while to try to clone it out. Couldn't use the 'best option' of moving my feet either, sheer drop to both sides!
I like the way the Portuguese fly their flag at almost every opportunity, I think it's a pity we don't do the same here in the UK, or even in ENgland.
  • Dotun
  • 26 Jun 2007, 15:08
excellent shot, I like this.
EJWilkins: Glad you do, thanks Dotun smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 26 Jun 2007, 15:51
It has such a rugged feel, Ellie. I bet you can hardly wait to get back to that flag/country!
EJWilkins: Oooh Ginnie, I hope you get there soonish, you'll love it smile
Excellent structure. Garden has gone a bit to pot though! All the best, Dave
EJWilkins: A bit difficult to do a lot of gardening there, mind you, it's one heck of a natural rockery!
You know what : I like very much the flag behind the tree ! smile Nice shot again !!

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