Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lisbon - Portugal

Two cards from the portuguese capital sent by Ninocas and Cristina. 

 Rufino & Rufino, Lda
This card must be new, i've never seen it before and neither has Ninocas. 
I'm not a Lisbon expert, i had to use google to identify some of these places, which are the St. Justa Elevator, Camões Square, Carmo Square and the ruins of the Carmo Convent. 

© New Jamp, Lda
Rossio Square, in Lisbon's downtown, is one of the favorite places for postcrossers to meet, specially on bigger meetings. 
Rossio is the liveliest square in the city, where people stop to sit and relax, or for a drink at the several atmospheric cafes with outdoor sitting (the most popular is the art deco Cafe Nicola on the western side). 
On either side of the square are two baroque fountains, and in the center is a monument measuring 27 meters in height. It consists of a pedestal with marble allegories of Justice, Wisdom, Strength, and Moderation, qualities attributed to Dom Pedro IV, whose statue stands on top of the monument. 
In the 19th century the square was paved with cobblestones in wave patterns, a design seen today in many other pavements all over Portugal, and that has spread to Portugal's former colonies from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to Macao (China). 
On the north side of the square is the Dona Maria II National Theater, a monumental neoclassical building built in the 1840s. The portico has six Ionic columns (originally from the Church of St. Francis, destroyed in the 1755 earthquake), and crowning the pediment is a statue of playwright Gil Vicente. - in: http://www.golisbon.com/sight-seeing/rossio.html

1 comment:

Jinerous said...

oooo love the stamp! i love postcrossing as well!