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Belam Tower Lisbon

Posted by
Nigel (Avening, United Kingdom) on 18 October 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Belém Tower (in Portuguese Torre de Belém, pronounced: [ˈtoʁ(ɨ) dɨ bɨˈlɐ̃ȷ̃]) or the Tower of St Vincent[1] is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém in the municipality of Lisbon, Portugal. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery)[2] because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries.[3] The tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.[3]
The tower was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style,[4] but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles.[5] The structure was built from lioz limestone and is composed of a bastion and the 30 meter (100 foot),[1] four story tower. It has incorrectly been stated that the tower was built in the middle of the Tagus and now sits near the shore because the river was redirected after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. In fact, the tower was built on a small island in the Tagus River near the Lisbon shore.[5][6]I know it doesn't comply with the rules of thirds but I like that water............

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Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice shot of this lovely castle Nige and rules are mean't to be broken after all

18 Oct 2012 5:42am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Très belle image et merci pour les explications Nigel.

18 Oct 2012 6:39am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I really like this, and , yes, the water reflections add to the shot. Fascinating place and history too

18 Oct 2012 7:35am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Quelle magnifique photo avec ce superbe ciel! bravo à toi!!!

18 Oct 2012 7:44am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Really excellent shot, I love the full contrasty look and the great colours.

18 Oct 2012 8:06am

@Curly: Thanks so much Curly I really value your comments. Good info to Doug today...

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Beautiful architecture in a great location you can almost see under the shallow sea.

18 Oct 2012 8:48am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Un cadrage grandiose et une ambiance géniale. Splendide prise de vue. ***** Bonne journée.

18 Oct 2012 8:51am

Monik from PARIS, France

Superbement mise en valeur, la célèbre tour de Belem.. BRAVO!!!

18 Oct 2012 9:03am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

I agree with Curly that is awesome, but I especially love that old fortress.

18 Oct 2012 9:45am

franz from Baden, Austria

forget the rule of thirds! in this case ignoring it has made you create a very harmonious and handsome image! i, too, like the water and the contrast bw it and the very pretty cloudy sky. the tower is in a category of its own, anyway ...

18 Oct 2012 9:55am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Interesting explanation to study ... Nigel A lovely image! Best regards, Adela

18 Oct 2012 10:20am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautiful depth of field and the sky and water complement each other giving a wonderful floating effect to the tower

18 Oct 2012 10:38am

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Excellent angle, the tower looks imposing, and the colours are superb!

18 Oct 2012 10:40am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

wow... amazing image . sky is stunning !

18 Oct 2012 10:56am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

It works for me so break them rules - majestic frame with beautiful water tones, lush sky and in your face tower.

18 Oct 2012 11:43am

tataray from france, France

Woooooooooooooooooooo.... Magnifique et excellent)

18 Oct 2012 12:02pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow ! Very beautiful photo !

18 Oct 2012 1:14pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quel cadrage fuyant avec ce rendu sur l'eau et ce ciel merveilleuse iamge bravo.

18 Oct 2012 2:13pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Excellent framing of this magnificent tower, a beautiful photo. Great shot.

18 Oct 2012 2:27pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


18 Oct 2012 4:02pm

shooter from United Kingdom

What a stunning castle.

18 Oct 2012 4:28pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A wonderful shot of this impressive tower. I like everything about this image.

18 Oct 2012 4:43pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, Uruguay

I am with you, Nigel...the thing that most struck me about this image is the colour and motion of this water and the sky above. The tower shall remain but the sky and water will always change their texture and colour and light - I think these elemnts are stupendous in this frame. I LOVE this composition - A beautiful image, Nigel! :-) dj

18 Oct 2012 4:52pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great frame with the man on the left !

18 Oct 2012 5:11pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is really beautiful. Your POV makes the rather majestic looking against the sky. The color of the water and the reflection creates a beautiful contrast. I just love the ornate architecture.

18 Oct 2012 5:45pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Magnificent against that sky!

18 Oct 2012 6:46pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

I love the water too, but the castle itself is fabulous. Love this piece of history that has survived so well.

18 Oct 2012 7:03pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

imposing structure!

18 Oct 2012 7:18pm

Baldwin from Venezuela

Stunning shot of this spectacular tower and the wonderful sky !!!

18 Oct 2012 9:32pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous. superb photograph

18 Oct 2012 9:36pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Excellent pov here Nigel! ;-)

18 Oct 2012 11:11pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful stonework ~ fantastic photo!

19 Oct 2012 12:26am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great capture of a beautiful tower with great textures! And I love that sky. I am ALWAYS amazed when structures last as long as they do when we can't get structures to last 100 years in the States! :-)

19 Oct 2012 12:59am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

I wouldn't worry about the rule of thirds too much, so long as the image is balanced.

19 Oct 2012 7:30am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Very nice structure...beautifully captured....

29 Oct 2012 5:39am

Canon EOS 7D
1/4000 second
ISO 250
11 mm