Nearby the border with Spain, situated between Castelo de Vide and Portalegre, on the highest point of the lovely São Mamede mountain, in Alentejo, is situated this charming village of Marvão.
In a peacefull and relaxing environment, surrounded by 13th and 17th century defensive walls, Marvão rises high, with its lovely white houses, narrow and winding streets, showing that time is not as quick as it often seems.
The archaeological vestiges of the region date back to the Palaeolithic and Neolithic Period, with many menhirs and antas all around the area, as well as an important Roman archaeological station.
Its strategic location, on the higher point of the São Mamede Mountain, with difficult accesses, that served as a natural protection, and near the border with Spain, made of Marvão an important Portuguese defensive point for many centuries, being the stage of several battles and political conflicts.
Visiting Marvão, one has the certain of visiting history itself, along these historical streets, with gothic and manueline inheritances, and medieval testimonies of other times, marked in the typical granite constructions.
The Castle and its imposing walls from the 13th century are unforgettable monuments of the village, yet Marvão has much more to offer to the visitor, like its Mother Church of the 15th century, or the old Santa Maria Church, nowadays an interesting municipal museum with ethnological and archaeological collections from the region.
Located next to the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park, from the highest points in Marvão, like Torre de Menagem (Watchtower) or the Pousada de Santa Maria, one can enjoy of astonishing landscapes throughout the surrounding natural area.
Outside the village walls, are located the lovely Espírito Santo Chapel and the Nossa Senhora da Estrela Convent, which saint is said to be miraculous and once believed to be the reason of the Portuguese kingdoms protection, and every year the festivities dedicated to her are widely famous.
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 G
Focal Length: 10mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/160 sec - F/11
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-C
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: More Contrast
Hue Adjustment: +3°
Sharpening: Medium high
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off
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faraujo (1707) 2011-01-16 16:19
Marvão, pela sua localização e beleza, é um dos lugares que nos transporta a imaginação a recuar nos Tempos...a tua foto transmite essa sensação, revelando a sua posição altaneira.
Gosta da composição, a luz bem controlada com detalhes na sombras e bom WB.
paura (47186) 2011-01-16 16:39
Fantásticas as cores, amigo. Beleza de fotografia repleta de finos detalhes.
ChrisJ (117897) 2011-01-16 19:41
Excellent perspective & the maze adds interest. Good sharpness & pov. Superb warm cold color contrasts, between the blue sky & warmer toned, stone walls & hilltop fort. Tfs!
chewy_candy674 (471) 2011-01-16 19:57
Hello again Goncalo,
always fascinating landscape photo i can see from your gallery :)
Love this composition.
Best regards from Indonesia,
dip (23892) 2011-01-16 22:35
a good clear and sharp image with excellnt POV and amazing colors,well done!
emka (106816) 2011-01-16 23:03
Great perspective with the castle on the end of the interesting garden. Good management of light with part of the picture in light annd other in the shadow. Fine colours, especially your sky.
danyy (0) 2011-01-16 23:03
des couleurs et des lumières bien retravaillées, les contrastes bien gérés. Le format vertical bien choisi, de la profondeur grâce aussi à une certaine perspective fuyante.
cyborg83 (4669) 2011-01-16 23:41
it is really interesting place, I like the garden in the front and the beautiful buildings in the far.
You chose a great POV, the light and colors are interesting too,
abmdsudi (57734) 2011-01-16 23:43
Superb use of wide lens and perspective giving this picture a great depth, the diagonal wall on the left provides a very good leads to the castle. Fine foreground subject for added interest. Crispy sharp image with beautiful light and colors. Lovely blue sky and cloud intensify the imapact further. Excellent shot my friend. Best rgds
serp2000 (45858) 2011-01-17 0:03
My compliments, Goncalo!
Superb colours and marvelous composition! Fantastic sharpness, an interesting note!
Have a good week!
danos (103156) 2011-01-17 0:34
nice the creative perspective from the castle's gardens with the brilliant light of the day to enhance the vivid colours.I like the excellent maintenance of the garden as the perfect bushes shapes.
Have a good day,Danos
kordinator (22575) 2011-01-17 1:29
Wonderful places composition in original format,elegant framed.
Fantastic castle in the middleground under famous sky.
Perfect light managment.
Nice reflection in the foreground.
Excellent clear and sharp image with excellnt pov and amazing colors.
yeln (11516) 2011-01-17 1:45
odličen POV in DOF. igra senc in sonca je lepo vidna in tudi barvni kontrasti so mi zelo več!! TFS!
LEP DAN, VOJKO
Cricri (125930) 2011-01-17 4:31
Très beau contraste des couleurs et de la lumière, bon POV sur un format bien choisi, très belle composition
jhm (160077) 2011-01-17 4:40
The wall and shadows lead us to the castle in background.
It's a wonderful image.
Very well composed and captured, TFS.
Have a nice day,
ikeharel (78381) 2011-01-17 4:47
Gonçalo my friend,
A fine garden in FG, very meticulously taken care of, and the fortress on hill top well collected.
Enhanced colors and good lighting's.
siamesa (28127) 2011-01-17 4:51
Bom dia Gonçalo
Gostei da sensação do olhar subindo até o alto e ao castelo.A área de sombras no primeiro plano ficou bem bonita também.
pierrefonds (71167) 2011-01-17 5:14
The distance between the garden and the castle is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the garden and of the castle. The afternoon light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (64639) 2011-01-17 5:44
Wonderful and picturesque place. Impressive ruins, fine composition.
Have a nice evening.
asajernigan (21427) 2011-01-17 6:17
This is a nice shot of this castle and garden. The wall leads the eye into the shot perfectly. The gardens provide nice interest for the foreground while the great sky provides a nice backdrop. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has nice sharpness and DOF.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-01-17 6:23
love the light in this shot, especially the shadow which draws you in. Excellently chosen POV and stunningly complex sky. Great image!
patdeph (35748) 2011-01-17 8:48
the colors are always magnificent and luminous,and I like this POV on the castle very much!
faletiz (10113) 2011-01-17 9:27
magnificent prospect with excellent lighting management. You have photographed a wonderful place. Gorgeous colors, great depth and perfect sharpness. Have a good evening
ilDottore (5252) 2011-01-17 10:48
I'm absolutely delighted with this shot. Wonderful composition with very interesting architectural subject, perfect exposition and fantastic garden on the foreground.
Can we demand more? :)
Greetings from Dublin!
Silvio1953 (153075) 2011-01-17 11:22
Ciao Goncalo, great perspective on wonderful castle, fantastic sky, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
xuaxo (6854) 2011-01-17 11:49
Em alguns castelos há cemitérios (como Sesimbra ou Evoramonte). Neste há um simpático jardim! Bonito. Foto muito bem conseguida.
ciakgiak (30433) 2011-01-17 12:42
scenario meraviglioso, la vista del castello, circondato dai giardini, è bellissima.
I colori, come sempre, sono perfettamente saturi, la qualità eccellente.
Un caro abbraccio
baddori (20161) 2011-01-17 14:06
Esta foto é um somatório de sua fotografia ser e viver.
O muro "quase"frame lateral.
O jardim clássico italiano ou francês .. "... a profundidade e as cores saturadas .. .. mas desta vez sem excessos .... tudo em função do castelo perfeito ...
delpeoples (59774) 2011-01-17 17:16
You did really well in the difficult light here. The shade in the foreground is a small problem. But the rest of the image is superb. The strength of colour and sharpness reminds me of the work of Loook13. Beautiful perspective again, you are working that wide-angle lens to its capacity. The depth of field is wonderful and the dynamic sky is the cherry on the cake.
Congratulations y um abraco
lucasgalodoido (23651) 2011-01-17 17:35
um sítio e jardim realmente muito bonitos esse, e com cores fabulosas em sua captura, só não gostei muito dessa sombra na parte de baixo, não há muita informação nela e é a região de maior destaque das lentes grande angulares.
Parabéns e Abraço,
hispic (9652) 2011-01-17 19:45
An amazing perspective, it lead naturaly the eye to the castle on the hill. Light in the afternoon shows the attractive garden more beautifully. i like this composition that shows widely the sky. Very refined work!
Have a nice day, Hisashi
Graal (103038) 2011-01-17 23:31
unusual and beautiful garden by castle. Amazing blue of sky. Fine vertical composition and perspective. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
Royaldevon (43449) 2011-01-18 1:08
A great pov, where there is transition from shadow into sunlight, emphasises the height, and the importance, of the castle.
Yout dof keeps the details sharp and interesting throughout. The sky, with its thin, radiating clouds, is an important factor.
My warm regards,
nilotpal_patra (1688) 2011-01-18 4:10
Namaskar Goncalo Lopes,
It is realy wonderful Picture. Nice Frame. Nice colour, contrast and sharpness. Nice POV. TFS.
pablominto (53746) 2011-01-18 4:57
The low sun creates some strong shadows, typical for this time of year!
Otherwise I notice the fresh greenery, not exactly what I can see outside my window hehehe...
The composition is a treat to my eyes, with strong lead to the castle on top of the hill..!
Charo (51212) 2011-01-18 8:47
Otra gran perspectiva del castillo de Marvão con una excelente composición y profundidad.
La luz y los colores son espléndidos.
Yo estuve dos veces en esa linda aldea, pero el cielo estaba con algo de nubes no muy atractivas, a ver si la próxima vez que vaya, tengo más suerte.
vasilpro (41661) 2011-01-18 14:26
Wonderful composition, interesting castle, beautiful garden, lovely natural colors, very nice POV, excellent light management.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
amaryllis (37039) 2011-01-19 10:58
une superbe luminosité sur ce chateau et les jardins, un beau premier plan moitié soleil moitié ombre qui conduit notre regard vers cette belle architecture
adores (46363) 2011-01-20 2:43
Aproveitaste bem o bom tempo para arranjares material para um tema:)!O jardim está mesmo bem diferente nesta altura, mas deu umas fotos óptimas, com umas excelentes cores. Gosto deste pov, com a muralha conduzindo-nos ao castelo! Ainda tenho algumas de Marvão, ficam para um dia destes!
- Copyright: Goncalo Lopes (Bluejeans) (64251)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-12-26
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Nikon D40X, Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD, SD 4GB 150x
- Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Vila de Marvão [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-16 15:26