Rua Augusta Arch
The Rua Augusta Arch is a stone, triumphal arch-like, historical building and visitor attraction in Lisbon, Portugal, on Commerce Square, built to commemorate the city’s reconstruction after the 1755 earthquake. It has six columns (some 11 m high) and is adorned with statues of various historical figures. Significant height from the arch crown to the cornice imparts an appearance of heaviness to the structure. The associated space is filled with the coat of arms of Portugal. The allegorical group at the top, made by French sculptor Célestin Anatole Calmels, represents Glory rewarding Valor and Genius.
Originally designed as a bell tower, the building ultimately transformed into elaborate arch within more than century-long delays
Because of the top cornice’s great height (over 100 feet (30 m)), the figures above it had to be made colossal. The female allegory of Glory, which is dressed in peplos and measures 23 feet (7.0 m), stands on a three-step throne and holds two crowns. The Valor is personified by an amazon, partially covered with chlamys and wearing a high-crested helmet with dragon patterns, which were the symbols of the House of Braganza. The Valor’s right hand holds the parazonium, with a trophy of flags behind. The Genius encompasses a statue of Jupiter in his left hand. At his right side are the attributes of writing and arts.
The four statues over the columns, made by Victor Bastos, represent Nuno Alvares Pereira and Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, Marquis of Pombal on the right, and Vasco da Gama and Viriatus on the left. The two recumbent figures represent the rivers Tagus and Douro.
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Definitely not his day!
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Beautiful picture, love the play with color!
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10 Itālijas pilnas dienas noslēdzās ar 2ām dienām Itālijas galvaspilsētā Roma. Romā ieradāmies no Neapoles ar vilcienu. Biju norezervējusi nakstmītni 10 minūšu gājienā no Termini vilcienu stacijas, kas mums ļāva ērti un ātri nolikt savus koferus un uzreiz baudīt Romu.
Kā arī no Termini stacijas iet vilciens uz lidostu, no kurienes mēs devāmies uz Rīgu. (vilciens 14 EUR)
Ja esat Romā tik maz laika un esat pirmo reizi, tad ērtākais variants ir samaksāt 18 EUR par tūristu apskates busu, kas Jūs vizinās pa Romu visu dienu ar daudz pieturām, kurās Jūs varat kāpt ārā un kāpt iekšā. Nebūs jāpērk sabiedriskā transporta biļetes, nebūs ļoti jālasa kartes. Var ļauties un baudīt!
Photo: Kristine Austere
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Photo: Kristine Austere
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A trip to Split isn’t complete without rubbing the toe of Gregory of Nin for good luck!
That must be the most well polished toe in the world!
With Christmas less than two weeks away, holiday decorations are popping up all around Surfers Paradise. Many of them feature Santa in a swimsuit, which I find hilarious. They’ve been playing Christmas carols over loudspeakers in the pedestrian mall and there’s even a real live Santa that makes appearances every once in a while to take photos with kids (and Asian tourists…. let’s be real, mostly Asian tourists.)
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John Hume’s statue,High street, Edinburgh
I often see tourists rubbing his big toe,hence it so polished. I don’t know if its in a guide book saying it brings good luck but someone must be telling them.
Cool shot, more than a few of those lucky toes around the world we have seen.
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This was taken on a Nikon V1 in Centennial, CO on the Baby’s first birthday this past November, just last week at the time of this writing.
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Half asleep at the airport the next morning, Peter ordered an orange juice and ended up with a ham and cheese sandwich, but customs was a breeze and we were quickly shoved in a ride to our hostel when we arrived in Rio De Janeiro. Lagoa Guest House was a teeny tiny little white house in the middle of the city, surrounded on all sides by huge apartment blocks that towered over the little building. First thing we did in Brazil was, of course, DRINK. We were here for carnival after all! Plus who can turn down an incredibly strong ‘welcome drink’ Caipirinha. Once we had settled in, our first stop was Copacabana Beach.
Our first few hours in Brazil and we are in a bus accident. Another bus driver drove into the back of our bus as soon aas we had stepped on! Not exactly a good omen but it was exciting at least…We were a little confused but everybody was friendly and helpful, gesturing for us to wait outside the bus until were were eventually on the road again. I think we first realised how craazy Brazil was when the other bus took off without a word to our driver about the accident, just carrying on with his day.
Copacabana Beach was mindblowing – people were absolutely everywhere. A large proportion of these people were huge women in teensy weensy little g-string bikinis and old men sitting in bars in their speedos. We picked up our tickets for carnival, took a look at the beautiful Copacabana Fort, got dressed up and headed to a Scala ball.
Peter was – his words – patted down by a big black man at the door, and then we were in. We had a great time. The ball looked like a high school prom, we met a great Canadian couple living in Cuba and danced all night.
Nice shots, sure an interesting way to arrive! :)]
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Achilles was the son of the mortal Peleus and the Nereid Thetis. He was the mightiest of the Greeks who fought in the Trojan War, and was the hero of Homer’s Iliad. Thetis attempted unsuccessfully to make her son immortal. The legend says that she held the young Achilles by the heel and dipped him in the river Styx; everything the sacred waters touched became invulnerable, but the heel remained dry and therefore unprotected.
After the death of Hector at the Trojan War, Achilles continued fighting heroically, killing many of the Trojans and their allies, including Memnon and the Amazon warrior Penthesilia. Finally Priam’s son Paris, aided by Apollo, wounded Achilles in the heel with an arrow; Achilles died of the wound.
The statue captures exactly Achilles’ anguish of death, who has just been wounded by the lethal arrow.The original sculpture is located in the Achilleion Residence of the 19th century Queen Elizabeth (Sissy) of Austria in Corfu, Greece.
Amazing statue, hurts just to look at it!
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