Lisbon Weekly Photo

The idea came up after visiting several “DailyPhoto” sites, particularly the one from Paris, which is my other favorite city. Since LisbonDailyPhoto was getting posts very irregularly, I decided to create this place. Although my skills and my Exilim Z110 are very limited, I hope to deserve your visit. Please leave your comments (any comments) so I can improve.

Friday, July 27, 2007

CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém

To celebrate one year of Lisbon Weekly Photo I chose the CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém (Belém Cultural Center). It is the largest cultural related building in Portugal and was built between 1989 and 1992. At the time, the project raised a lot of criticism because a small country like Portugal shouldn’t afford such cost. Those issues are gone and it is now not only unanimous but also a reason of proud for the city.

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

The Monument to the Discoveries was built in 1940 for the Portuguese World Fair that celebrated both the foundation of Portugal (1140) and the Independence Restoration (1640). Since the original monument was built in wood and other perishable materials, it was rebuilt in 1960 in concrete to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. He’s the figure at the tip of the monument, facing the river. Behind, there are 30 statues of great people of that era.

The Wind Rose on the pavement, seen from the top of the 52 meter monument, was a gift from South Africa (which also sponsored its restoration in 1994).

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