The Rua Augusta Arch is a stone, triumphal arch-like, historical building and visitor attraction in Lisbon, 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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Bluejeans (64239) 2012-10-13 2:46
Ola Daniel ,
Boa foto noturna do arco da rua Augusta , gostei muito dos reflexos dourados das luzes , boa profundidade de foto , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
krzychu30 (8897) 2012-10-13 3:19
superb night shot of the impressive Arch.I like also the view further into the Rua Augusta,so nicely illuminated by the street lamps.Well captured in vertical format.Good framing and excellent quality of the photo.
Have a nice weekend
chrisvek (5505) 2012-10-13 3:43
Very good night shoot.Awesome lightning management and so nice POV.Perfect job.Very well done!TFS
Have a nice weekend
snunney (67394) 2012-10-13 3:43
The framing is very tight but we can still appreciate the architecture to good effect. Excellent management of the exposure and superb detail. The lively atmosphere contributes much to the success of the image.
Schnappilic (7929) 2012-10-13 4:01
Impresionanta arhitectura! Noaptea cred ca e cel mai bine pusa in valoare. TFS!
siudzi (23939) 2012-10-13 4:35
Excellent night presentation of this great arch of Lisbon! Great shot taken with a very good exposure and sharpness. Moody view:) Well done.
Sergiom (39298) 2012-10-13 5:41
J'aime beaucoup la construction de l'image, la belle gestion de la lumière de nuit, la belle symétrie de l'ensemble et le léger flou chez les passants.
timecapturer (30342) 2012-10-13 5:53
superbly executed night shot. Fill of golden light, tones and textures that make the image come alive. A great perspective and it captures the atmosphere of Lisbon night-life perfectly.
Enjoy the weekend - Brian.
Nicou (97775) 2012-10-13 6:37
Grandiose cpatage de nuit quelle gestion des lumières quelle vue avec ce édiffice le personnage ces belles lumières une mervielle fabiuleux.
Bravo et amitié
sabermonajati (7601) 2012-10-13 6:42
splendid gate with amazing light you captured.and perspective of buildings is very nice.
danos (74056) 2012-10-13 7:45
what a nice and successful tight frame is this! Excellent presentation of the Rua Augusta Arch as we can see through it the rest of the roar as the buildings too.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
JFS (32179) 2012-10-13 8:15
Beautiful night shot of this famous door and street. When I opened the gallery your work came to my eyes, really nice.
boa (4313) 2012-10-13 9:31
a fine night picture captured in natural light. First of all it is good symmetry but i also like the depth in this scene. Many interesting details to see of this impressive huge arch, well done!
Have a nice Saturday.
siamesa (27449) 2012-10-13 12:12
Boa tarde Daniel
Spectacular point of view. The management of lights and shadows is perfect. Superb capture.
ricardomattos (3175) 2012-10-13 12:18
Excellent shot and a nice composition. A beautiful image with good light and sharpness. Good job.
maria-v1981 (10403) 2012-10-13 14:48
You have captured excellent the atmosphere from this wonderful monument. Excellent light and exposure.
Have a nice Sunday,
npecanhuk (53913) 2012-10-13 15:02
Very beautiful and attractive urban & architecture & night photograph!
Special regards to the exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format and symmetrical composition!
TFS - congrats,
lousat (57704) 2012-10-13 15:15
Hi Daniel,magnificent choice of point of view to create this imposing perspective and this neverending effect inside the arch,great exposure,perfect details and a lot of life and colors,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
delpeoples (45006) 2012-10-13 16:12
Hi dear Daniel
The vertical frame and low POV work so well together here. I love the golden lights and the reflections on the pavement. The architecture is sensational and the perspective accentuates that even further.
Highmountains (1834) 2012-10-13 22:09
The vertical composition is excellent. The night light expresses and enhances the depth of the photograph. The sharp shadows along the columns and the ornate decorative craftmanship of the memorium facade high up on the photograph enhances the elegance of the picture.
Interesting and appreciative that you have left the thin line of wires. across the top of the monument. The people on te road and the view of the well lit street - beyond the archway is well taken and adds life to the photograph.
Thanks for sharing.
jjcordier (62366) 2012-10-13 22:23
Bonne photo nocturne de cette arche avec une belle perspective vers la rue éclairée et animée par les passants.
SWEETFREEDOM (18421) 2012-10-14 0:41
succesful night shot good exposure and p.o.v.
interesting arch and notes.
claudeD (24173) 2012-10-14 11:13
Very fine night shot from Portugal with a perfect vertical composition and light managment. I like the shot very much.TFS.
With regardscfrom Luxembourg
mjw364 (3720) 2012-10-14 11:58
A great shot - nice atmosphere created by the light which you have managed perfectly.
abmdsudi (26295) 2012-10-14 21:17
Superb low light shot, a glimpse of the wondrous night scene of the town square, making the prominent arch very significant and well seen. The completing colorful subject adds the general fanfare to this shot.
Well done, TFS
Silvio1953 (98217) 2012-10-16 1:40
Ciao Daniel, fascinating nocturne shoot, lovely composition with walking people, wonderful colors, excellent perspective and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Cricri (86501) 2012-10-16 7:47
Très jolie nocturne, l'architecture et les détails de l'arche sont magnifique, bon POV ouvrant sur les lumières de la rue, j'aime aussi les reflets