E.J.Wilkins

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Palace of Monseratte


When you arrive at the Palace of Monserrate you walk through some quite impressive gates, on each pillar is a griffin holding onto a shield.

Monserrate is - here - (click on the black box, which will vanish. Monserrate is directly beneath the +)

The Palace is perched on top of a hill and was built in 1858 for Sir Francis Cook, who was created Visconde de Monserrate by King Luis. Cook commissioned architect James Knowles (designer of Grosvenor House) to build the palace, and it somehow looks a little like Brighton Pavilion with a Moorish influence. The palace was used as a summer residence by the Portuguese royals, it isn't very big and when we visited it wasn't possible to go inside. Owned by the state it's being renovated to be used as a museum.

Hmm, it was a beautifully hot and sunny day when we were there.
.....

Without realising it I've managed some sort of theme this week. - Martin -  pointed out yesterday that all the pictures were of flying things. I wonder if a real griffin could have managed to get into the air?
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Palace of Monseratte


When you arrive at the Palace of Monserrate you walk through some quite impressive gates, on each pillar is a griffin holding onto a shield.

Monserrate is - here - (click on the black box, which will vanish. Monserrate is directly beneath the +)

The Palace is perched on top of a hill and was built in 1858 for Sir Francis Cook, who was created Visconde de Monserrate by King Luis. Cook commissioned architect James Knowles (designer of Grosvenor House) to build the palace, and it somehow looks a little like Brighton Pavilion with a Moorish influence. The palace was used as a summer residence by the Portuguese royals, it isn't very big and when we visited it wasn't possible to go inside. Owned by the state it's being renovated to be used as a museum.

Hmm, it was a beautifully hot and sunny day when we were there.
.....

Without realising it I've managed some sort of theme this week. - Martin -  pointed out yesterday that all the pictures were of flying things. I wonder if a real griffin could have managed to get into the air?
.


comments (23)

Better Late than never smile

Interesting image smile
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 10 Jan 2008, 00:18
Good framing of this guy, wings and all. That's a nice theme - things in life that take flight.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 10 Jan 2008, 02:50
How brilliantly crisp and focused, Ellie. There is certainly enough sky to give this fella wings!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 10 Jan 2008, 04:10
Lovely composition and the detail is so sharp and clear. He looks so good against the blue sky.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 10 Jan 2008, 04:53
It looks like this little guy wants to take off and fly. And I love that smile. Nice angle of view...love all that blue sky around him.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 10 Jan 2008, 05:32
I rather suspect this predates Pixar, but it looks like something they would come up with: a little too friendly to be a real monster.
Dragons !! And this one can fly too !! What a deep blue sky Ellie !
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 10 Jan 2008, 07:25
He seems ferocious...as if he will attack anyone who crosses his border...nice angle for this one.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 10 Jan 2008, 07:51
Love the clarity of this shot Elliesmile
Sit up and beg.
This is so, so sharp and against the cobalt blue sky - stunning!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Jan 2008, 09:42
This is such a great angle, he is ready for take off, well done Ellie
  • Urv
  • California
  • 10 Jan 2008, 10:04
I like the simplicity of this shot
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 10 Jan 2008, 11:31
Nice and original composition !!!
Very nice shot. Great colours. I like the angle
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Jan 2008, 12:53
Griffins are flights of imagination, so they are airborne all the time. You have a theme!

Great picture and I love the blue skies.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Jan 2008, 13:03
"Griff in?"
"No...just slipped down the local for a pint of the dark."

Lovely shot, Ellie... he looks great up there.
That blue sky has me longing for summer. Lovely composition, Ellie. Great detail and texture, too. (:o)
  • mickyboy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jan 2008, 14:46
Great angle, a very imposing figure indeed.
  • Pops
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Jan 2008, 18:06
It's been a few long months since I saw a sky like thatsmile
Clear and sharp with lots of detail.
Love the sharpness and angle. Looks so majestic up there.
Beautiful composition, contrast and texture on this very interesting statue. It's so crisp! Well done.
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 10 Jan 2008, 22:50
Cute little chap!
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 17 Jan 2008, 12:18
We have a character, including shield, like this in front of the town hall in Bray where we live. I wonder what the heraldic significance is? Must look it up.

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