E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image The Tower of Belém

The Tower of Belém

The Tower of Belem was constructed between 1515 and 1521 as a defensive stronghold to protect Lisbon.

Originally designed by Francisco de Arruda the tower was altered in the 1840s, when some of the decorative Manueline stonework was added.

The Tower was included in the list of Portuguese ~ Unesco World Heritage ~ sites in 1983.

There is a detailed  description of the Tower on the ~ Manor Houses site~ It's worth following the link to find out more about this tower, which looks tiny from the outside but is packed full of interesting history.

Here's the Official site http://www.mosteirojeronimos.pt/english/index_torre.html

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The Tower of Belém

The Tower of Belem was constructed between 1515 and 1521 as a defensive stronghold to protect Lisbon.

Originally designed by Francisco de Arruda the tower was altered in the 1840s, when some of the decorative Manueline stonework was added.

The Tower was included in the list of Portuguese ~ Unesco World Heritage ~ sites in 1983.

There is a detailed  description of the Tower on the ~ Manor Houses site~ It's worth following the link to find out more about this tower, which looks tiny from the outside but is packed full of interesting history.

Here's the Official site http://www.mosteirojeronimos.pt/english/index_torre.html

.....

If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

comments (18)

The color of this tower is very special. The stones have a very pretty texture! Well fact!
EJWilkins: Glad you like it Jose, the stones are very old and are weathered by the sun and the sea
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 21 Nov 2007, 01:08
I like how that woman gives this scale, Ellie. I also like the symmetry of this shot!
EJWilkins: I thought that too, otherwise there'd be no real idea of how tall the building is
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 21 Nov 2007, 02:12
Wow, the angle is disorienting. You really capture the height and majesty of the building.
EJWilkins: It was almost as disorientating to be there!
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Nov 2007, 02:52
Impressive, dramatic angle in your shot, Ellie, and you have it in perfect symetry.
Strangely, the building seems a little sterile...over-clean, or something.
EJWilkins: It's odd, the building is very white. I suppose it's built of some sort of limestone.
Magestic shot, Ellie! As ever, your links add so much to your posting. Fascinating. (:o)
EJWilkins: Fascinating place Ros, want to be there now, but it's raining there too ... although not as much as here!
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 21 Nov 2007, 08:37
The scale of the woman, the angle, the symmetry, and the details of the building framed against that perfect blue sky...nicely done.
EJWilkins: Thanks Kathryn smile
Like the symetry and the majestic (is that an English word) look here. Nice detail including a person
EJWilkins: Yes, it's an english word smile Thanks Aksel
  • Ferdi
  • South Africa
  • 21 Nov 2007, 11:19
If only they can build houses today like they did then ! Amazing detail.
EJWilkins: Ha, I wouldn't like to live there, a bit isolated and really much too big for a house, and there are dungeons there too!
Some pretty impressive detailing here.
EJWilkins: It's a pretty impressive structure smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Nov 2007, 13:53
Back at Belem with the new camera smile

Great shot, I just like the white against blue.
EJWilkins: Yep smile Just over the road and along the river a bit from the Monastery. Lovely
You are a cruel woman- posting hot, sunny images like this when I'm sitting huddled indoors with the weather like being inside a washing machine!! wink
EJWilkins: Me? Cruel? Optimistic more like ... we will have weather like this here in UK, one day, perhaps!
Mind you, I'd agree with the washing machine thingy, just like that here at the moment ... large lumps of rain hurling themselves out of the sky
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 21 Nov 2007, 15:04
Ellie this is a stunning shot again, the nice colour of the stone and the blue sky!! Thank you for the links on the internet, always love to read more about some interesting buildings.
EJWilkins: It's a gorgeous building, I'll be posting some more soon so you can see more details of it.
Very nice shot. I like the perspective and the symetry
EJWilkins: Thanks Richard, glad you like it, and the hint of sunshine on a damp day.
An unseasonal image... will we ever see such cloudless sunny skies in England again? Great building though, and well taken.
EJWilkins: I'm feeling unseasonal, with all this talk of Christmas!
  • Chris
  • Lost in space!
  • 21 Nov 2007, 20:18
Impressive structure Ellie smile
EJWilkins: It is Chris, one day you'll see it smile
Perfect shot wich not so easy to do, each time I see one of your Lisboa serie I want to go back there !
EJWilkins: Well, when will you be going back? (This tower isn't open on Mondays)

The hardest thing about taking this picture was waiting until there was only one person on the balcony, it was a busy day.
Thw white building really stands out against the blue sky and the person on the balcony adds interest, well sen Ellie.
  • pops
  • 13 Dec 2007, 13:23
Wonderful perspective and clarity. You have bought out such a lot of detail and the figure on the balcony gives a good size comparison

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