“Discovering the Discoverers” : Lisbon, Portugal, 7th September 2012
The Belem district of Lisbon has along its beautiful waterfront promenade stretching for several kilometres a host of attractions, among them the imposing Padrão dos Descobrimentos.
This giant stone edifice was built in 1960 and resembles the prow of a sailing ship with statues of those connected to Portugal’s explorations during its imperial and maritime heyday.
Many of these giant figures will be familiar only to the Portuguese, but included are Henry the Navigator, Magellan and Vasco da Gama, known to most people, I think.
This photo doesn’t really show how enormous these statues are: in fact, when I first set my eyes on them I couldn’t help thinking of the Argonaths from the Lord of the Rings films – stately, giant, and ancient, guardians of a long-gone era…
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