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My last days in Lisbon....

On my last day in Lisbon I took a bus into the city and stopped at a couple of places which looked interesting. The lookout terrace above the city was a beautiful place to visit in it´s own right, so the fog which limited the views of the city didn´t matter. From there I carried on to the Main plaza of Lisbon on the banks of the river Tagus. This square was rebuilt in the 1760s after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami completely destroyed the Royal palace which was previously on the site. The Plaza and Public buildings which enclose it are on a massive scale and must have impressed the hell out of any visitors to Lisbon who docked there in the 18th and 19th centuries. Finally I came away from Lisbon amazed at the proliferation of beautifully painted tiles which can be seen everywhere. They are so common that examples of the art, which in many countries would be seen as treasures to preserve and maintain, are looking sadly neglected. To the point I almost wanted to go back with a scrubbing brush and give them a good cleanup. It is something I have seen in most of the places I have stayed in Europe and possibly reflects the reality that you cannot look after everything, especially if you are surrounded by many many centuries of wonderful buildings and artifacts and things. For many, just the day to day struggle to find food shelter and warmth for self and family are an all consuming focus of time, energy and resources. Maintaining things sometimes under those circumstances is not such a high priority. I have just re-read what I have written and realise it sounds like another Sunday sermon. I have to stop doing blogs on Sundays. Amen

One of Lisbon´s lookout points

One of Lisbon´s lookout points


is the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara

is the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara


a beautifully landscaped terrace

a beautifully landscaped terrace


on top of one of the Lisbon hills

on top of one of the Lisbon hills


with views over part of the city

with views over part of the city


which this morning is a little foggy

which this morning is a little foggy


home to busts of Greek heroes like Ulysses

home to busts of Greek heroes like Ulysses


on the waterfront past the statue of the cockerel

on the waterfront past the statue of the cockerel


is one of the largest public plazas in Europe

is one of the largest public plazas in Europe


Lisbon´s Praca de Comercio

Lisbon´s Praca de Comercio


with it´s central statue of King Jose 1

with it´s central statue of King Jose 1


and magnificent Augusta Street Arch

and magnificent Augusta Street Arch


built to commemorate the rebuilding of Lisbon

built to commemorate the rebuilding of Lisbon


after the massive earthquake of 1755

after the massive earthquake of 1755


gallery shows the scale of the buildings

gallery shows the scale of the buildings


looking back to the Plaza through the Arch

looking back to the Plaza through the Arch


on the side of local suburban shops

on the side of local suburban shops


are these wonderful examples of

are these wonderful examples of


Portuguese Azulejo

Portuguese Azulejo


which is painted glazed tilework

which is painted glazed tilework


Seen everywhere on the outside of buildings

Seen everywhere on the outside of buildings


and even used

and even used


to cover the concrete pillars

to cover the concrete pillars


on motorway overpasses

on motorway overpasses


close to the Lisbon Zoo

close to the Lisbon Zoo


Just up the road

Just up the road


from where I am staying

from where I am staying


possibly 10,000 people walk or drive past

possibly 10,000 people walk or drive past


every day, without noticing them.

every day, without noticing them.


sadly neglected fountain on mainstreet of Sintra.

sadly neglected fountain on mainstreet of Sintra.

Posted by astrix7 17:00 Archived in Portugal

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