Praca de Comercio (Commerce Square) also known as Terreiro de Paco (Palace Territory) is clearly a reference to the palace that was located here for 400 years, until the 1755 earthquake that almost completely destroyed it. The specious arcaded building of old palace located around three sides of the square are now occupied by the government administrative offices and some restaurants. Praca de Comercio is very impressive manly because of the huge amount of space it occupies. In the middle of the square stands a statue of King Joseph I on the horse made by Joaquim Machado de Castro in 1774. On the north side of the square is a triumphat arch that leads to Rua Augusta and one of the city's legendary cafe, Cafe Martinho de Arcada (Lisbon's oldest cafe). Since August 2013 the top of the Arch is open for tourists. It offers a very beautiful view of the Rua Augusta, St George's Castle, the River Tagus and of course Comercio Square.
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dta (80314) 2014-04-12 5:38
Hello Zbigniew ,
A splendid view of the superb square and white building contrasting with the grey sky . I lik the low POV with the pigeons in the FG .
photoray (13981) 2014-04-14 8:49
Fine pigeon's eye view of Praca de Comercio, the elegant King Joseph statue dominating with the very detailed triumphant arch behind, then the classical Palace backdrop.
mcmtanyel (25690) 2014-04-17 21:53
Excellent photo taken from a particularly low POV. A well balance composition enhances the visual impact of the statue and the gate to the palace. The gate reminds me of the entrance to Istanbul University.
pili51 (1853) 2014-04-18 17:17
This square is absolutely amazing with its unique architecture, design, and monuments.
This is a beautiful and perfect composition.like the play of light over old age architecture and FG tall statue.
You have done a great work here presenting that place so beautifully! Like it very much. Thanks for sharing.
npecanhuk (75812) 2014-04-18 17:25
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
gervaso (15839) 2014-04-24 9:40
The architecture is beautiful and you got it perfectly, from a very nice POV and excellent colors and sharpness! The dark clouds make a beautiful contrast with the buildings! Wonderful composition! Well done!
josepmarin (58359) 2014-04-26 10:03
the Praça do Comerço is a wonderful square and a nice place in Lisbon.
In this shot you've caught splendidly its beautiful architecture from an efficient low point of view, reaching a nice perspective and a good field depth.
I like the special light of a very cloudy day, and the fantastic contrast of the dark grey sky with the white and yellow tones of the architecture.
The pigeon in foreground seems to watch you.
A great work.
samson (1836) 2014-04-29 6:59
A lovely square. And the pigeons seemed to have taken over this place. And hey, this pigeon is actually posing for you.
macjake (70519) 2014-04-30 7:22
I love photos from Lisbon. Its a city and a country that i'm hoping to travel to in the next few years.
lovely photograph all around. the grey skyline gives such a sweet contrast to the white colored architecture.. and the low pov with the pigeon puts a smile on my face.
good for you to achieve a unique composition and pov.
Zengi001 (2837) 2014-05-05 3:55
I have visited Lisbon in 2001 and I surely know this square by the river Tagus well. One of my favorite cities in Europe and thank for reminding to me.
Very sharp image with soft colors and good POV indeed.
adores (46079) 2014-05-06 16:00
You have been here:)? Good to know that, hope you enjoyed your stay! It's a very good shot, I specially like the contrast between the dark sky and the light in the square. I also like the pigeons around and this one in foreground, looking at you. Really Lisbon!
Silvio1953 (148639) 2014-05-14 6:20
Ciao Zbigniew, lovely composition with a lot of pigeons in a breautiful square, superb sky, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: Zbigniew Kalinowski (fotka) (4601)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot SX240HS, Canon zoom lens 20xIS 4.5-90.0mmm
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-12 4:53