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Praça do Figuera


The Praça do Figuera (Figuera Square) was once a market place. Today a square withe hotels, guest houses and other businesses. The statue is of Dom João I, who saw off the Castilians and married some noteworthy English woman (John of Gaunt's daughter Philippa) and started a long relationship with the English. Strange bit of history as John of Gaunt fancies himself king of the Castillians.



comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Oct 2017, 01:17
The lighting adds much to my enjoyment of this fine image, Louis.
Louis: This is around 22:00, but that bridge I use on travels is a magic little camera. Thank you Ray.
I agree with Ray...and that history is a strange thing!
Louis: Thank you Ginnie. And history is being manufactured as the seconds tick by.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 2 Oct 2017, 06:15
There's nothing as weird as history Louis, the present debacle in Spain being a good example
Louis: Ah yes, the Catalonian issue. The Kurds, the Scots, etc - so much for universalism.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 2 Oct 2017, 06:16
History can be a bit weird like that Louis.
Louis: True and it is being manufactured right now, gutteridge.
Joli contre-jour sur cette statue.
Louis: Merci bien, Martine
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 2 Oct 2017, 06:46
We have had lots of royal liaisons over the years with the Spanish
Louis: But this was with Portugal's king after he thrashed the Castilians.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Oct 2017, 06:54
I love the sky and the light. I agree with history is strange and sometimes unexpected.. Those Spaniard and the English were all over the place...
Wonderful picture.
Louis: Thank you Astrid. My son likes this picture, so I put it up.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Oct 2017, 06:59
I am not well linformed about the history of the Spanish- English relationship, but the figuera is very impressive and proud! Oh, the present debacle in Spain caused by the history, too!
Louis: And it is causing history as well, Philine.
A lot going on in Spain at the moment with the police behaving like they did in the days of Franco in Catalonia
Louis: I must say, I don't understand what 'Spain' is trying to do with 'Catalonia' - after all they are also Spaniards until further notice.
A fine shot Louis, I prefer to see pictures of Spain like this rather than the awful pictures in the media yesterday and today, that wasn't what I call democracy.
Louis: Oh Brian, but this is in Portugal - but even so, I miss the democracy of the Spanish reaction. Surely the Catalonians are also Spaniards at the moment. It is as if the rest of Spain wants to make sure that the Catalonians will hate them forever. It is as if it is happening in the Middle East somewhere.
Great sky and night shot, Louis!
Louis: Thank you Tom - my travel camera has some good tricks one can use.
The shot is so nice with the fellow silhouetted against that sky.
Louis: Thank you Mary
i love this composition in the rain Louis... it turned out great....petersmile
Louis: Thank you, peter - even if it was not raining. It is just the light reflecting on the marble that makes it look wet.
Wonderful capture - great use of the available light!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth - the bridge camera that I use when traveling can do awesome. stuff.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 5 Oct 2017, 23:28
Great silhouette
. The statue reminds me of one of Paul Revere in Boston. Iconic!
Louis: Thank you Beth - I see what you mean.

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