E.J.Wilkins

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Monument to the Discoveries / Padrão dos descobrimentos


The Monument to the Discoveries / Padrão dos Descobrimentos at Belém, Lisbon.

This is the east side of the monument (the west 'prow' was shown yesterday) showing some of the  truly amazing, and intricate detail of the carvings.

It's a stunning piece of work. Originally created as a temporary structure, in concrete, for the World Fair in 1940 but was recreated in stone in 1960 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Prince Henry the Navigator.

On each side there are carvings of fifteen prominent Portuguese, including poets, explorers, churchmen, mathematicians, scientists ...

Here's the full list of the 30 featured Portuguese personalities, unfortunately it doesn't seem to list them in any particular order. (Taken from - Wikipedia - )

I know, somewhere, there's a site with a mouse-over for the names, when I find it again I'll link to it.

.

Monument to the Discoveries / Padrão dos descobrimentos


The Monument to the Discoveries / Padrão dos Descobrimentos at Belém, Lisbon.

This is the east side of the monument (the west 'prow' was shown yesterday) showing some of the  truly amazing, and intricate detail of the carvings.

It's a stunning piece of work. Originally created as a temporary structure, in concrete, for the World Fair in 1940 but was recreated in stone in 1960 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Prince Henry the Navigator.

On each side there are carvings of fifteen prominent Portuguese, including poets, explorers, churchmen, mathematicians, scientists ...

Here's the full list of the 30 featured Portuguese personalities, unfortunately it doesn't seem to list them in any particular order. (Taken from - Wikipedia - )

  • Infante Pedro, Duke of Coimbra (son of King John I of Portugal)
  • Queen Philippa of Lancaster (Henry the Navigator's mother)
  • Fernão Mendes Pinto (writer)
  • Friar Gonçalo de Carvalho
  • Friar Henrique Carvalho
  • Luís de Camões (renaissance poet who celebrated the navigations in the epic Lusiads)
  • Nuno Gonçalves (painter)
  • Gomes Eanes de Zurara (chronicler)
  • Pêro da Covilhã (traveller)
  • Jácome de Maiorca (cosmographer)
  • Pedro Escobar (navigator)
  • Pedro Nunes (mathematician)
  • Pêro de Alenquer (navigator)
  • Gil Eanes (navigator)
  • João Gonçalves Zarco (navigator)
  • Infante Fernando, the Saint Prince (son of King John I of Portugal)
  • Henry the Navigator (sponsor of the Age of Discovery)
  • Afonso V of Portugal
  • Vasco da Gama (discoverer of the sea route to India)
  • Afonso Baldaia (navigator)
  • Pedro Álvares Cabral (discoverer of Brazil)
  • Ferdinand Magellan (first to circumnavigate the globe)
  • Nicolau Coelho (navigator)
  • Gaspar Corte-Real (navigator)
  • Martim Afonso de Sousa (navigator)
  • João de Barros (writer)
  • Estêvão da Gama (sea capitain)
  • Bartolomeu Dias (first to cross the Cape of Good Hope)
  • Diogo Cão (first to arrive to the Congo river)
  • António Abreu (navigator)
  • Afonso de Albuquerque (second viceroy of Portuguese India)
  • Saint Francis Xavier (missionary)
  • Cristóvão da Gama (captain)

I know, somewhere, there's a site with a mouse-over for the names, when I find it again I'll link to it.

.

comments (11)

What a great monument to the intrepid adventurers and great minds of Portugal. Good clarity and composition.
A fine tribute to the heroes of Portugal, well seen Ellie.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 16 May 2008, 00:49
Intricate and interesting! It looks like the sculptor suffered from a touch of socialist realism smile
  • martie
  • Okinawa, soon to be US
  • 16 May 2008, 04:43
Well spotted - and the detail you captured is wonderful!!
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2008, 06:57
This is awesome Ellie along with your informationsmile
EJWilkins: Oh hey Tracy, today's bit of information was easy, I copied it wink
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 16 May 2008, 09:53
Another great detail of this monument, Ellie. Quality picture too.
Very impressive Ellie
The perspective is quite impressive here. I like the angle.
Lovely images of this monument Ellie ... it's fascinating. richard
I think Portugal is England's oldest ally. I'm not quite sure what difference that has made to the course of history, but they sure can do a good statue
EJWilkins: Absolutely right, and it's the only European country that has the same time as us. I think it probably had more of an impact than we realise. I've had a rummage around, confirmed what I thought ...
http://worldroots.com/brigitte/royal/bio/philippalancasterbio1360.html
"... on 9 May 1386, Joao I, King of Portugal, concluded the treaty of Windsor with King Richard II of England.
This stipulated that there should be "an inviolable, eternal, solid, perpetual and true league of friendship, alliance and union" between the kingdoms.
It has never been violated and to this day Portugal is often described
as 'England's oldest ally'.
The alliance was further cemented by Joao's marriage to Philippa of Lancaster, daughter of John of Gaunt ..."
Just as good as yesterday Ellie, I see you have also been doing your homework.
EJWilkins: Done a bit more since, just discovered when we and Portugal became allies - 1386. I've written it all down once, it'll look a bit daft if I do it again. wink

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