Hi dear TE friends
With good weather, the Ribeira Square is already full, many people walking and enjoying the Douro River
I hope you like it !
The Ribeira Square (in portuguese: Praça da Ribeira) is a historical square in Porto, Portugal. It is included in the historical centre of the city, designated World Heritage by UNESCO.
The square is located in the historical district of Ribeira (riverside in Portuguese), part of the São Nicolau parish. The Ribeira district spreads alongside the Douro river and used to be a centre of intense commercial and manufacturing activity since the Middle Ages. Also since that time the Ribeira Square was the site of many shops that sold fish, bread, meat and other goods. In 1491 the buildings around the square were destroyed in a fire, and the houses were rebuilt with arcades in their groundfloors. During this rebuilding campaign the square also gained a pavement made of stone slabs.
In the mid-18th century the city needed new urban improvements to provide for the swift flow of goods and people between the Ribeira neighbourhood and other areas of Porto. In this context, governor João de Almada e Melo opened a new street, the São João Street, that connected the Ribeira Square and the upper town, and promoted the reurbanisation of the square itself. The project, executed between 1776 and 1782, is credited to John Whitehead, English consul in Porto. The square was to become enclosed on its north, west and east sides by buildings with arcades, while the south side of the square, facing the Douro, was enclosed by the mediaeval walls (Muralhas Fernandinas) of Porto. These walls were torned down in 1821, opening the square to the river.
The northern part of the square has a monumental fountain, three storeys high, built in the 1780s and decorated with the coat-of-arms of Portugal. The niche of the fountain is occupied by a modern statue of St John the Baptist by scuptor João Cutileiro. The square also has a modern cubic sculpture by José Rodrigues (nicknamed the Cubo da Ribeira) over the remains of a 17th century fountain.
Nowadays the Ribeira Square is a favourite spot for tourists. From Wikipedia
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 22mm
Digital Vari-Program: Auto (Flash Off)
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/200 sec - F/7.1
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
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pauloog (11739) 2009-07-20 1:15
A special building style that first catched my eye, looks like rectangular boxes piled upon each other like containers... But also a lively and colourful scene. Looks like real life, not the tourist crowds!
BeBeHooker (0) 2009-07-20 1:44
Nice sqauare, very nice cafe. Beautiful houses. A lot of people. Amazing colors.
Giorgio (11279) 2009-07-20 2:21
- Nice couloured place Aires, sympathetic atmosphere very lively and animated, in bonus beautiful blue sky, well done!
swiatopelk777 (0) 2009-07-20 2:55
Wonderful tenement's houses, amazing colors. Nice picture. Very nice lightness and sharpness.
Greetings from Varsovia!
gilou530 (34) 2009-07-20 2:57
une image bien colorée avec le sfacades et la place bien animée, un endroit trés fréquenté a ce qu'on peut voir, un bon cadrage et une image fait en toute simplicité
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-07-20 3:42
Aires, wonderful colorful and alive scene you have here. After looking at it closely I see that the plaza is on a slope and it comes through easily because of your fine composition, great stuff.
leonorkuhn (16233) 2009-07-20 5:09
Esta arquitetura é muito interessante, os andares superiores se projetam mais para a frente. Isto me lembrou os prédios de Amsterdam que se inclinam para a frente, para facilitar o fluxo das mercadorias pelas janelas. Excelente ponto de vista, lindas cores e ótima nitidez. Parabéns pelo belo trabalho.
Abraços e uma boa semana
jurek1951 (37040) 2009-07-20 5:32
Very good colors and composition. Good sharpness and lights. Interesting framing.
bostankorkulugu (41344) 2009-07-20 6:48
beautiful red tones all around... a square full of life... good job aires...
mkamionka (27089) 2009-07-20 7:36
Beautiful colorful square, full of life. I really like it. Very pretty presentation.
I don't like the guy in the bottom right corner though :)
Thanks for sharing,
ciakgiak (30383) 2009-07-20 7:46
che bella atmosfera si respira in questa piazza, i colori delle case sono bellissimi insieme a quelli degli ombrelloni. Ottimo e piacevole lavoro.
MarianneS (15338) 2009-07-20 12:28
A superb capture from Porto! Full of sun, light and joyful atmosphere.
it is good to see all these people having a drink and enjoying the moment.
The colours of the houses make them very attractive.
Have a good evening,
rikko77 (10849) 2009-07-20 13:49
Oi Aires, foto cheia de vida e cores bem saturadas. Gostei deste enquadramento, parabéns!
Graal (92174) 2009-07-20 23:29
an interesting place in Porto. Good presentation. Amazing segments of buildings. Well photojob.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-07-21 1:42
Ola Aires! I love this square. I love these houses and their colours. Very nice cafe. Wonderful capture. Perfect exposure. Well done! Saude!
Amaz (11475) 2009-07-21 1:59
Preciosa foto, Aires!!
Muito belas cores e perfeita composição!!!
Demás muito inetessante a nota!!
Parabéns mil, amigo!!!
Abraço e até logo!!!
pablominto (53744) 2009-07-21 3:13
The fine light renders rich colours!
Many good details in the architecture, and I notice the cafe life around the square...
A well framed presentation of a sunny day in Ribeira Square!
danos (78134) 2009-07-21 4:01
nice the snapshot from the daily life of the Ribeira Square with all these people to sit and enjoy their coffee and the surround buildings.Informative your note about the history of the historical district of Ribeira,with the old buildings to steal the show.Well done.
Have a nice afternoon,Danos
John_F_Kennedy (41526) 2009-07-21 7:02
Excellent view of the market place, with excellent perspective to this busy place and good exposure too.
Charo (51208) 2009-07-21 10:56
Adoro este canto do Porto, onde eu gosto de desfrutar destes terraços, talvez uma cerveja ou um café com os amigos e ter uma agradável conversa. Gosto muito de suas casas com fachadas coloridas. Se algum dia eu vou lá, olha esse lugar agradável.
lucasgalodoido (21046) 2009-07-21 20:29
uma vista bem interessante essa, rica em detalhes. Gostei das mesas assim na rua, e me chamou a atenção também a quantidade de TVs por assinatura nas bancadas dos prédios, por aqui são conhecidas como SKY. Estou seriamente pensando com comprar uma, por enquanto uso o sistema a Cabo, mas não estou satisfeito com a qualidade da imagem, mesmo trocando para o sistema digital...
Parabéns e Abraço
ChrisJ (91292) 2009-07-21 23:18
A very lively daily life scene, with lots of interesting details to look at. The crowds of people animate the scene. Good colour & sharpness. Tfs!
emka (64182) 2009-07-21 23:24
Nice view of colourful houses and lively atmosphere of all these people enjoying beautiful day. I like this Cubo, funny sculpture. great shot of beautiful Porto.
rodgerg (55767) 2009-07-22 4:17
A very coloured place and a very coloured shot. Very beautiful shot too with a POV well selected. An image full of life too.
alive (1324) 2009-07-22 4:55
Foto da bela Ribeira. Já tenho saudades de passar no Porto.
Esta foto tem muita vida com belas cores e nitidez.
Cricri (92249) 2009-07-22 11:52
Belle animation sur cette place, l'endroit est plaisant avec toutes ses façades de couleurs, belle composition et note
Good evenin g for you
anducina (8407) 2009-07-22 23:23
Very nice urbam scene, the architecture is amazing. I like a lot those old buildings, they look great anad in the same time the whole atmosphere seems very pleasant and relaxed.
madredeus (494) 2009-07-22 23:26
That's it - colourful Porto as usual :-)
Good taken photo.
dareco (17134) 2009-07-23 7:29
Such an interesting and busy place. I love all the colors!! Very nice detail and good pov. TFS
xuaxo (6830) 2009-07-24 7:20
Bela vista da Ribeira, com toda essa gente aproveitando o momento.
Ficaria melhor se tivesses deixado esse indivíduo à direita "sair" da imagem.
jmdias (48373) 2009-07-25 7:36
já caminhjei pelo porto mas não me lembro desta praça. muito bonito o colorido e o formato das casas e sobrados com o detalhe do cubo que remete às formas destas construções, muito bom ver a maneira como vc enquadrou as pessoas na paisagem. boa foto, boa luz, lindo trabalho
fanni (13944) 2009-07-26 13:48
what a jolly scene which is full of life and energy! :) Beautiful houses of various colours, "glued" one to another, seem to look very similar to so many people below - sitting at the tables close to one another and also as colourful as the houses! :) the two bright red umbrellas is a real bonus ;)
- Copyright: Aires dos Santos (AiresSantos) (56155)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-04-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40X, AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 GII ED
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Porto - Porto [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-07-20 0:48