Castelo dos Mouros (English: Castle of the Moors) is a castle located in the town of Sintra, Portugal. The castle is located on a high hill overlooking the town, being one of its most important tourist attractions. It is part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
As implied by its name, the castle is of Moorish origin, but the current building is the result of a romantic renovation carried out in the 19th century. The views from its walls and towers are breathtaking. The town of Sintra with its royal palace, as well as the Pena National Palace, are all visible from the Castle of the Moors.
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samson (1227) 2011-04-13 3:32
Good pov and lovely scene captured. Castle is definitely worth preserving.
Is the flag for the tourist photos only or is there any significance?
krzychu30 (8935) 2011-04-13 3:36
it´s really beautiful old castle.I like the way you freamed it,against the wonderful cloud formations,which fills excellently the whole composition and creates kind of dramatic atmosphere.Beautiful,well-saturated colors,outstanding sharpness and contrast.
My Best Regards
asajernigan (19669) 2011-04-13 3:50
THis is a nicely composed shot with the two towers providing balance for each other. The wall leads the eye through the shot nicely. The lighting and colors are great as is the photo's sharpness.
ikeharel (37424) 2011-04-13 4:24
A very clear detailed picture of the known palace above Sintra.
I missed a visit there becouse of rain-storm the day we were there (08/10/10).
Great POV, super sharp image.
sandpiper (6009) 2011-04-13 4:28
Great shot of this stunning castle wall. Excellent composition and processing.
Sergiom (39336) 2011-04-13 4:53
Le regard suit le parapet dans l'image et monte vers la tour en arrière plan, ce qui donne une grande profondeur à l'image. J'aime la texture de l'ensemble.
Bluejeans (64239) 2011-04-13 5:15
Oi Paulo ,
Belo plano de visão no Castelo dos Mouros , gostei muito das cores e das texturas fortes , o nosso olhar vai percorrendo a muralha , bonito o céu com estas nuvens carregadas , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
paninho (2931) 2011-04-13 5:18
Ola bom dia Paulo!
Excelente ponto de vista para captar esta fotografia! A ultima vez que passei aqui foi ha uns 20 anos!
Andas a gostar de editar fotografias nestes pseudo HDR! Gostei também da nitidez das paredes!
Mas o que faz aquela bandeira no alto de um castelo português???
dta (51510) 2011-04-13 5:29
Ola Paulo ,
My be the colors are not real , but I like a lot the effect . The perspective on the wall is excellent , as the composition . And the cloudy sky is just splendid .
emilbo (20872) 2011-04-13 6:35
Belle prise de vue et merveilleux endroit qu'il doit faire bon de visiter. L'excellente qualité d'image nous montre bien les détails du mur et ce qui ajoute de l'intérêt c'est de voir les gens grimper jusque dans la tour en haut. Bel éclairage sous un ciel nuageux et excellent rendu des couleurs.
Toutes mes amitiés,
Longroute (19390) 2011-04-13 7:35
you chose a very good POV to take this very picturesque castle, which allowed your to create a very effective composition. The curve of the walls forms a diagonal and the two towers with the flags matches each others. The presence of the people gives the scale of comparison and the cloudy sky fits very well with the medieval atmosphere of this ancient castle. I like also how the light illuminates the foreground at left and the sight of that interesting granite rock.
A quality image and a masterful composition which shows well this remarkable architecture.
abmdsudi (26311) 2011-04-13 9:08
Great place and you have captured a character of this historic structure. Excellent contrast againts the stunning sky areas with lovely blue and beautiful cloud formation. A well composed image and this makes a very interesting capture in particular love all those detail textures and color tones. Good touch of green and human activities for extra interests and scale ref. Another great shot, excellent informative note. Well done and Congrats.
wolf38 (28226) 2011-04-13 9:35
Hi Paulo. A world heritage site. This castle is absolutely worth seeing and reminds me of a fairytale castle. The Arabic script on the flag point to the turbulent history of the castle. The cloudy sky fits very well into the overall composition. Rgds, Wolfgang.
mvdisco (16458) 2011-04-13 13:41
Nice perpective and composition of this wall,
Excellent point of view and details,
well presented with a nice frame and beautiful sky,
all my compliments
lucasgalodoido (21030) 2011-04-13 15:46
uma bonita imagem desse castelo e suas fortes muralhas, e os detalhes e nitidez das pedras ficou ótimo. Gostei do POV também, com os muros direcionando nossa visão. Belo trabalho.
Parabéns e Abraço,
fabianoleite (9016) 2011-04-13 15:48
Muito bonita essa imagem, com a murada de pedra, as plantas à direita e a bandeira imponente. Perfeita composição, parabéns pelo trabalho.
adores (28248) 2011-04-13 15:57
Boa foto, esta!
Gosta da composição e do PP - resultou muito bem! Nunca tinha reparado que tinha estas bandeiritas, uma ideia bem original!Gosto especialmente do céu e da presença das pessoas ao longo da muralha!
Royaldevon (17811) 2011-04-14 1:23
Good Morning Paulo,
Your pov is great, giving progression from the bottom l/h corner, on a diagonal, to the top r/h corner. We feel to be sharing the experience with those figures walking the wall. The details, particularly of textures, are sharply captured.
Both the flags are well positioned and give a sense of depth and balance.
Have a good day,
danos (74064) 2011-04-14 7:29
impressive the view of the castle of the Moors,that is taken under this almost grey sky.I like the clarity and the sharpness of the image, as the excellent light management.The green flag is to remembrance of the occupation from Moors?
Have a good afternoon,Danos
dkmurphys (36857) 2011-04-15 1:20
Very picturesque place, a fine atmospher ein that place. Good textures and colors, well seens cene.
Enjoy the weekend.
RhodieIke (9207) 2011-04-15 2:58
Hi Paulo, Great photo of this fantastic Castle wall's, like your angle you have captured,and very moody picture. Cheers Iain.
sabermonajati (7603) 2011-04-15 6:00
ancient place shot in splendid frame.
gunbud (34052) 2011-04-16 17:55
The beautiful old castel is seen in striking richly textured details as it winds towards the the beautiful newly clearing sky.
Excellent depth and lovely lines to this unique and tastefully framed image.
pablominto (53744) 2011-04-16 22:13
An interesting subject, this ancient fortification!
The traditional lookout tower and the stone walls probably made an impact on attacking enemies...
The point of view works well, resulting in fine lines in the composition..!
pajaran (36282) 2011-04-18 11:52
Lep pogled na deo dvorca Mavara, lepa fotografija.
Dobar trenutak snimka sa lepim oblacima na nebu, dobar tekst i kompozicija.
Prijatno vece sa lepim pocetkom nove nedelje.
Bela vista dos mouros do castelo, belas fotos.
Uma gravação de tempo bom com algumas nuvens no céu bonito, um bom texto e composição.
Agradável noite com bom começo na nova semana.
Todos os melhores.
mesutilgim (68036) 2011-04-18 13:37
Interesting capture with many nice details and good layout.
Interesting notes as well.
TFS and best regards
kordinator (13411) 2011-04-18 17:04
Great capture of this fantastic Castle.
Nice stairs with peoples.
Excllent angleand very moody picture.
Graeat job ,elegant framed.Best regards
Graal (88982) 2011-04-19 0:23
nice composition. Amazing old walls and flag. Good panoramic format and natural colours. I like it.
Have a nice day.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-04-19 10:13
Excellent view to this impressive ruins under a beautiful blue/cloudy sky. I like the small way which give depht and invite to discovery the place with the peoples well locatd in the BG.
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-04-19 23:04
Uma bela foto panoramica do Castelo de Sintra
As cores estao otimas
Um abraco Amigo
janusz2054 (306) 2011-04-20 10:19
Excellent point of view on the beautiful old castle.
Very good composition.Well done.
subhendu_bagchi (16590) 2011-04-21 8:38
beautiful shot. Very good to see the wall through the ridge. It reminds me the wall of China. Like the light management and the depth of it. Beautiful colours. Great shot. Tfs.
s_lush (15592) 2011-04-22 22:18
This famous castle has been captured by you in a very aesthetic way, with the highly impressive composition, vivid colors, perfect photographic quality and a lot of interesting details. Excellent job!
sacavem (18578) 2011-04-23 10:20
Gosto da composição sobretudo do pov escolhido com alguma originalidade.Bom pp e boa escolha do formato panorâmico.Belo castelo num espaço que faz as delicias dos fotógrafos amadores.
adramad (27556) 2011-04-27 6:49
Muy bella composicion de este esplendido castillo, me gusta mucho el POV que has elegido, mostrando como la muralla asciende por la montaña. Gran calidad de la imagen que permite ver las texturas de las piedras. El cielo con su belleza contribuye a redondear este magnífico trabajo.
Buen manejo de la luz y preciosa gama de color.
Pasa una buena tarde.
jmdias (45830) 2011-04-27 17:10
um lindo ponto de vista. gosto muito das linhas das muralhas e das bandeiras que ali aparecem, bonito contraste entre o céu de nuvens tempestuosas e a luz suave que ilumina o castelo. belo trabalho
eldancer1 (17106) 2011-04-29 5:48
If those walls could talk...there are so much history in that castle. The U.S. is so young compared to Europe and I envy those who live there because of history of the place. Great capture with good dof with sharp details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
skippy007 (12500) 2011-05-03 5:04
Hello Paulo, Strange for me to see the Arabic inscribed flag flying in Portugal but I guess these are the walls of the Moors Castle. Well composed, interesting & pleasant image with a look that is very effective even if a little unusual, I admire your PP work. Well done, compliments.
mkamionka (24583) 2011-05-06 1:53
it always a pleasure to visit your gallery. Here is another treat. I had a pleasure to visit Sintra but I went for de Pena and the town itself. There is just too much to visit there.
I like very much these medieval walls and you have positioned them in a best possible way making a pleasant curve in the frame. Very eye catching and probably more impressive than the great wall of China.
The flag seems strange here as it has some Arabic inscriptions. It adds some exotic touch. Excellent processing which emphasized the clouds.
Fantastic place, TFS
Have a great weekend,
jemaflor (69035) 2011-05-12 11:59
Nice view well balanced with all these elements, well the flag and people, good presentation, tfs.
PaulVDV (15017) 2011-05-12 13:52
I've visited Sintra and this castle a long time ago but I still remember I found the walk on the walls absolutely impressive.
You've chosen an excellent POV to show us a long part of the wall with the stairs at the end leading to the tower.
From here no views of the town or the valley but instead a very beautiful sky with some white clouds but also with some threatening dark ones.
Thanks to the visitors we get a good idea of the scale.
Best regards, Paul
- Copyright: Paulo Goncalves (Juntas) (7958)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-10-04
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40, SIGMA DC 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OS HSM, Hama Circular Polarizer 72 mm
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/40 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Castelos de Portugal (Portuguese Castles), Castles by Juntas [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 3:00