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.

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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Blogger Nikon said...

Wow, that wind rose is very impressive - and the blue of the sky is amazing in the monument picture.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Icarus said...

That is definitely a great idea to go up to the top, which I have never done. The wind rose looks much better from overhead. And fortunately, only a few people walking on it.

When are you going to give me an idea for where to go next Friday & Saturday to escape from the Colete Encarnado? Seriously, I CANNOT stay in this town for that this year, whatever the cost. Can you recommend a nice hotel, at least for Friday? I want to go to Largo do Carmo on Friday night.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Hi Paul,
Thank you for you comment. It's an impressive monument I know for 30 years and had to start a blog to climb it. lol

I'm sorry you're having such a bad time. I really can't be of much help. I won't be here for the weekend (at least saturday). I remember I once stayed in a very nice Residencial right in the center of Praia das Maçãs but I don't know, it's high season now so it must be expensive.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Ame said...

HEY YOU! Amazing sculpture! Nice Bridge! Awesome photographer!

1960 was a VERY good YEAR!


How's liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife Carlooooooooooooooos?!?!? =)))

All's awesome here on this side of the pond! LOL!

6:17 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Ame!!!!! What's up? Whooo, so much happiness that side of the pond! LOL

I heard you got a French visitor... You seem to had a great time.

11:22 PM  
Blogger Ame said...

Hey Guy!

Yeah, couldn't be happier if I PAID myself! LOL! ;)

And yeah again...Sir Eric of Paris!!!

We had an awesome time...he and the rest of the gang were awesome!

Wish you could have been there!

Maybe next time!

And don't worry, someday I'll BE in Lisbon!!!



PS: Don't overdo's only a JOB! =)

6:24 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Both pictures are amazing, you got the best angles!

2:57 AM  
Blogger Icarus said...

Another week on, Carlos. Missed all of Ame's pop-ins.
It turned out to be 2 nights in a perfect Sana hotel hide-out in one of my favorites, Av. Conde de Valbom, near Gulbenkian, near my old home. Beautiful. And only 54€/night, with breakfast!!!
Everything else rest is cold minestrone, however. Take it easy, you!
And PS, that extraordinary year of 1960: 2 dictatorships united to build this, as nobody else would help out. In the same year, both of them managed 2 massacres of innocent black peaceful protestors. S.A. killed 69 in Sharpville & it was never forgotten. Salazar murdered 514 in Maputo/Lourenço Marques, same month, and it was never remembered, because it was covered up. Shame, shame, shame! As Nietsche said: "Insanity is rare in individuals, but habitual in nations and ages". So true.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Thanks you Carlos. I saw the match against Argentina, it's always special when we win this kind of game!
Thanks for voting for the Christ statue, the cereminy with the announcement in Lisboa must have been fun!

12:51 AM  
Blogger Paco said...

muy bonitas fotos...

9:59 AM  
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