The Pombaline Lower Town (Baixa Pombalina or Baixa) area covers about 235,620 square metres of central Lisbon. It comprises the grid of streets north of the Praça do Comércio, roughly between the Cais do Sodré and the Alfama district beneath the Lisbon Castle, and extends northwards towards the Rossio and Figueira squares and the Avenida da Liberdade, a tree-lined boulevard noted for its tailoring shops and cafes.
The Pombaline Baixa is an elegant district, primarily constructed after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. It takes its name from Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquess of Pombal, the Prime Minister to Joseph I of Portugal from 1750 to 1777 and key figure of the Enlightenment in Portugal, who took the lead in ordering the rebuilding of Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake. The Marquis of Pombal imposed strict conditions on rebuilding the city, and the current grid pattern strongly differs from the organic streetplan that characterised the district before the Earthquake.
The Pombaline Baixa is one of the first examples of earthquake-resistant construction. Architectural models were tested by having troops march around them to simulate an earthquake. Notable features of Pombaline structures include the 'Pombaline cage', a symmetrical wood-lattice framework aimed at distributing earthquake force, and inter-terrace walls that are built higher than roof timbers to reduce fire contagion.
It was placed on Portugal's "tentative list" of potential World Heritage Sites on 7 December 2004, which declares it superior to the planned areas in Edinburgh, Turin and London; in particular, the submission states that the plans for the reconstruction of London after the Great Fire in 1666 "does not implement overall principles" like those achieved in the Pombaline.
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SNOOP_Chan (4377) 2012-10-27 10:23
Salut vecine :) Sambata seara si noi stam pe TE huh? Uite ca am facut bine ca am stat, am vazut poza ta, foarte misto, n-am fost niciodata in Portugalia, sper sa ajung si eu. Imi place cum iese din umbra tramvaiul galben. Buna si perspectiva asa la vale.
siudzi (34141) 2012-10-27 11:39
A nice view on this interesting street life. Like the way you cropped and executed. Very good pic!
Have a lovely evening!
claudeD (40377) 2012-10-27 12:09
Very interesting picture of the tram in Lisbon. Very good composition anf finevsharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
francio64 (39888) 2012-10-27 13:44
il tram a Lisbona sembra essere uno dei soggetti maggiormente fotografato.
Lo stile ricorda molto i nostri vecchi tram italiani.
Ottimo il punto di vista che dà una buona profondità all'immagine.
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-10-27 15:50
beautiful street scene from Lisbon.These old trams are so charming,that they can not get bored and I could admire them on every photo from Lisbon.The scene is well composed and framed with so nicely displayed details.
Have a nice sunday
macjake (70519) 2012-10-27 21:14
You know i love these street scenes from Portugal Lisbon.
I'm glad you left the wires IN, as they are part of the everyday life aswell - don't like it when people photoshop them out.
it adds to the charm and elegance.
and thats what this scene is all about.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2012-10-28 0:58
another interesting street of Lisbon. good presentation p.o.v. and colors.
snunney (103361) 2012-10-28 2:34
An interesting daily life scene well captured by you. The lighting is particularly agreeable and the colours pleasing to the eyes. Very good sharpness.
JFS (32459) 2012-10-28 2:53
ANOTHER GREAT SHOT OF LISBON, AS I TOLD YOU I LOVE YOUR STREET SHOTS.
ALL THE BEST
timecapturer (49288) 2012-10-28 4:41
another of your super tram shots. Love the perspective in this one. Detailing and light perfect with irresistible and compelling lines. Like it a lot!
Have an enjoyable Sunday - Brian.
Highmountains (2674) 2012-10-28 5:57
Great detail with heightened contrast.
The high buildings all along the street gives a compactness to the composition. The shadows and light on the images are well accentuated. The bright orange of the tram stands out amidst the shadows. The people crossing the street makes the picture interesting - jaywalking ? The traffic on that crossing looks to be open the other way..
The light blue sky through the grid of tram cables and in between tall buildings is clear and bright.
The forground of parallel tramlines and without any traffic is interesting, since once we follow the tram - we find a lot of traffic ! Good moment to shoot, and get a meaningful composition.
Thanks for sharing.
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-10-28 8:31
Hello Daniel - A good vertical composition with the overhead wires filling the sky space with interesting detail. I like the use of the tram lines leading so neatly from the LRHC into the busy street scene. Nice work. Have a fine evening. Rosemary
marabu61 (11189) 2012-10-28 9:38
Back to Lisbon then.
Pleasing street scene with lots going on. Amazing how close to the pedestrians those trams circulate. That looks quite dangerous.
The more photos of Lisbon I see from you, the more I am conviced that I have to visit that town myself.
have a good evening
Nicou (146902) 2012-10-28 23:45
Avec ce tram quell image de rue superbe compo et iame fantasitque vue et scène de rue ces facades, grandisoe.
Bravo et amitié
Silvio1953 (148613) 2012-10-29 0:51
Ciao Daniel, great perspective on street, lovely composition with beautiful tram, good DOF, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
brianmcc (6219) 2012-10-29 11:33
another lovely street scene. very appealing and full of character. the yellow tram is placed very nicely and really catches the viewers eye perfectly.
npecanhuk (75770) 2012-10-29 16:52
Other very beautiful Lisbon street details!
Another very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, grey & white borders, contrasts and composition are all excellent here too!
TFS - congrats,
sacavem (18620) 2012-10-30 10:24
The leading lines of the tram lines have been wonderfully placed in the frame to provide a pleasing image.The tram was caught just at the right moment.
- Copyright: Daniel Draghici (dkmurphys) (62129)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-10
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D60
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Eléctrico [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-27 10:17