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Torre de Belém - part 2


Manueline glory on the tower inside the fortification - Torre de Belém. There are some other styles, e.g. the Moorish-style watch towers there on top and the Rennaisance Loggia (hanging room extension). Inside this tower there are living quarters, an armory and a small prison. The statue in front is Our Lady of Safe Homecoming - sort of the sailors' saint.



comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Oct 2017, 01:04
It is quite lovely, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 20 Oct 2017, 05:20
Cette tour est magnifique.
Louis: Je suis d'accord, Martine.
This is really beautiful! And it looks like he has blue eyes!
Louis: Should have been called the Sinatra tower smile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Oct 2017, 07:06
An impressive looking thing in wonderful sunshine Louis

We could do with some of that here in the soggy UK
Louis: It was warm, quite warm. As I was walking quite some distances, I bought a lot of bottled water along the way. If it was possible, I wouldn't mind exchanging some of our sunshine for your rain.
Most impressive,what fine detail
Louis: What is also impressive, is that the detail is till intact, after all those years.
Amazing decoration, isn't it?
Louis: True, Tom. Compared to some other old buildings in Europe, these decorations have survived the test of time in an impressive way.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Oct 2017, 09:35
That is just one superb building, Louis
Louis: It truly is, Lisl.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Oct 2017, 09:46
I like the ornate square look of the Portuguese buildings Louis.
Louis: You have just described the Manueline approach, in a nut shell.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Oct 2017, 09:57
Great - great- great! Yes, Manueline glory! Do you know the novel by Cees Nooteboom "Het volgende verhaal" playing in Lisboa?
Louis: Thank you Philine. No, I don't know that book.
Lovely building isn't it.
Louis: It truly is, Brian.
They would have been really upset if this had been peppered by cannonballs Louis
Louis: I can imagine... None of the reading matter I got hold of, mentioned any acts of aggression that would test the fortress' design.
i like the watch towers, Louis, and their peep holes. it must have been bright in that sunlight.
An intriguing mix of styles.
Sailors have many saints and this is very good.
Louis: A nation bonded by their maritime exploits and religion.

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