Hello friends, a photo on the walls of the town of Marvão ,this lookout the soldiers had a large field of view.
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 kingdom’s 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
1/200 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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bema (26425) 2011-01-20 10:19
one more time a fantastic sky above a splendid landscape with some impressive buildings..
great endless depth and perfect sharpness, too..
thanks for sharing, see you around, Bernd
faletiz (10377) 2011-01-20 10:29
a great sky and a good defensible position certainly in the past! POV wonderful, beautiful scenery, good light, cool colors.
ciakgiak (30433) 2011-01-20 10:58
la foto è molto bella, come al solito i colori sono meravigliosi così come la luce.
Mi piace molto il decentramento deciso verso destra delle mura del castello, bellissimo il panorama e la struttura del cielo con le soffici nuvole.
Un carissimo abbraccio
ikeharel (74663) 2011-01-20 10:59
Askew angel of the fortified wall, taken well. Nice view of the blue sky and cirus-clouds alloft.
jemaflor (100029) 2011-01-20 11:00
great pov on this panorama, nice light on the wall and blue for the sky, well managed.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-01-20 13:33
a beautiful atmosphere with superb composition and POV, very nice colours and lights, great view, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
vasilpro (41619) 2011-01-20 14:05
Wonderful composition, excellent light management and beautiful colors, lovely sky and atmosphere, interesting castle, very nice POV.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
paololg (31448) 2011-01-20 14:38
Ciao dear Goncalo,
amazing sky, with an endless depth! The photo has been captured and compote in perfect way, with the wall that ideally brings the eye toward the tower. Excellent also the management of the light, warm and pleasant. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice Friday!
siamesa (28123) 2011-01-20 14:54
Boa noite Gonçalo
Uma visão magnífica que se tem daí de cima. De encher a vista e alegrar o coração. Parabéns pela belíssima foto.
lucasgalodoido (23509) 2011-01-20 17:12
mais uma bonita vista desse castelo, e gostei da tonalidade mais suave do sol no momento. Belo trabalho.
Parabéns e Abraço,
hispic (9652) 2011-01-20 18:53
Beautiful landscape. the sky with attractive clouds is very impressive, and the stone wall in the foreground is expertly depicted with marvelous luminous impression.
Have a nice day, Hisashi
tober (8797) 2011-01-20 23:41
One of my favourite places in Portugal which looks like an eagle nest looking over the slopy landscape of the region. The combination of the castle with the blue sky with sirrus clouds looks beautifil. Best regards, Tolga
emka (102452) 2011-01-20 23:51
I like most this one from your series of Marvao. Spectacular view on the mountains. Nice walls of the castle. Great presentation.
Graal (103036) 2011-01-21 0:04
an interesting composition - old walls and landscape in BG. Good shot. Well note and done photo. I like it.
Have a nice day.
dta (80122) 2011-01-21 0:28
Ola Goncalo ,
Very well composed picture with three strong thirds : stoned walls , green landscape , sky . This one is splendid , and the contrasts are superb , too .
Well done .
macjake (70515) 2011-01-21 0:37
such rich history here, i can see why its a popular look out destination with these marvelous views.
i could sit here for hours and ponder life.
excellent colors and sky, your signature
resat1972 (7576) 2011-01-21 0:50
muhteşem bir mavilik
harika bir manzara olmuş
ışık e renk değerleri çok iyi
asajernigan (21427) 2011-01-21 2:35
This is a fine shot with an outstanding sky! The sky is the real star of this shot and you have captured it perfectly. The off center placement of the fortress works well drawing the eye across the scene. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness.
dkmurphys (61929) 2011-01-21 3:11
Indeed, an eagle nest there. Looks undefeatable. Fine picturesque scene, well seen.
Have a great weekend.
danos (100772) 2011-01-21 4:15
nice the view and the capture from over there with the light to be so brilliant and to enhance the colours of the image.I like the creating perspective as the panoramic view from the walls of the castle.
Have a good day,Danos
delpeoples (59184) 2011-01-21 4:41
Ola dear Goncalo
I can see that this place would have been important strategically to defend the city against invaders. I really like how you have composed this: with the fortress on the far right, curving around to that magnificent sky and those wonderful clouds. There is a real sense of grandeur and an endless view from here. TFS and I wish you a beautiful weekend.
pierrefonds (68821) 2011-01-21 5:27
The point of view is sending my eyes toward the horizon which is giving depth to the composition. It is also showing the details and colors the walls of the town of Marvao. That afternoon light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
bukitgolfb301 (43548) 2011-01-21 5:40
Hi my dear Goncalo
Another great shot by your keen attention to the above. Best framework by usig the sky boldly, so tasteful vivid color, clearly sharp focusing and very well considered composition as usual. Thanks for your sharing with finest work, have a good last day of a week and best regards,
paninho (2931) 2011-01-21 6:42
Maravilha como as linhas de força presentes na imagem (na montanha, nas muralhas e nas nuvens) convergem e criam um ponto de fuga que nos leva para o fundo da fotografia! Para além do mais a paisagem é magnifica e a luz impecável! Excelente a série sobre o Marvão!
Cumprimentos e Bom fim de semana!
dip (23890) 2011-01-21 6:59
very beautiful photo with excellent point of view and depth of field,splendid colors and good lighting!
Silvio1953 (148333) 2011-01-21 10:01
Ciao Goncalo, great POV on wonderful castle, superb sky, fantastic colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
peppe59 (14555) 2011-01-21 10:51
un cielo fantastico, con pennellate di bianco, una grande vista sulla valle, complimenti ottima qualità.
buon fine settimana
Charo (51212) 2011-01-21 13:31
Preciosa captura de este lateral del castillo y mostrando parte del paisaje, un poquito más a la izquierda, hubieras sacado Castelo de Vides.
me gusta mucho ese lindo cielo y el contraste de colores. Excelente composición!
jmdias (66283) 2011-01-21 15:40
linda vista do castelo, muito bonita a luz, a nitidez e as cores, o formato das nuvens no céu criou um lindo efeito visual. bem feito
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-01-21 19:53
excellent capture. Very nice perspective which created great contrast with a fabulous sky. Superb light and vibrant colours. A very good composition indeed. Tfs.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-01-21 23:56
La photo est très belle avec une ciel de légende qui couronne un paysage d'une grande beauté. La lumière vient se poser sur la forteresse qui semble garder les lieux depuis toujours.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-01-22 0:46
Interesting shot with this defensible position. Superb image too with a beautiful nad impressive sky very well collected. greta depht and large prospect effect thanks the POV well selcetd.
Have a nice WE,
Cricri (122409) 2011-01-22 9:33
Très belle composition, une très belle lumière qui viens réchauffer les vielles pierres de la forteresse, le cadrage bien penser laissant une vue sur le paysage, un ciel superbe qui embelli le paysage
ymrk (15085) 2011-01-22 10:15
i love the this wide angle affect :) fabulous prospect,
bona (13737) 2011-01-22 11:08
Olá Gonçalo, outra linda foto. Que paisagem maravilhosa. Esse vale verde com o céu azul. As nuvens passando uma paz. Gosto da arquitetura do castelo. Um lugar que merece uma visita.
adores (46079) 2011-01-22 14:22
Mais uma óptima foto de Marvão!
Esta mostra bem a vista excelente que se tem a partir do castelo! Colocaste a muralha muito bem e o céu está excelente!
ruisc_pt (11090) 2011-01-23 8:01
Mostras de Marvão aquilo que é de mostra.... mas de uma maneira e com um olhar fabuloso.
Goto especialmente deste.
paura (47186) 2011-01-23 13:08
O céu está de rara beleza aqui, amigo. Soberba composição fotográfica.
Angshu (56760) 2011-01-23 20:30
Very nice place...I especially like the dancing pattern of the clouds. The sunlight striking from the left creates a effective 3D feel. The perspective & depth has been very well drawn. Well done!
kordinator (21293) 2011-01-24 2:06
Great high pov on this landscape.
Excellent light on the wall and blue for the sky, well managed.
Juntas (7960) 2011-01-26 7:23
Olá Gonçalo. Uma composição bem interessante com as muralhas e deixando ver o horizonte com as montanhas. Os detalhes no primeiro plano estão muito bons e as cores vivas e bem saturadas. Nice work. Um abraço.
emilbo (22616) 2011-01-27 13:22
Excellente perspective ici et très intéressantes ces fortifications. Il doit être plaisant d'y accèder jusqu'en haut. Je remarques que tu as souvent de magnifiques ciels barbouillés avec des nuages dans tous les sens. Bel éclairage et beau détails de la pierre.
Félicitations!... et bonne fin de soirée,
kato (11630) 2011-01-28 0:40
Well composed, excellent color tone/contrast and a tasteful photograph!
It's impressive for the stone wall of a spiral castle that soars on the summit of a mountain.
And, flying clouds draw out a good atmosphere as well as mountains seen before one's eyes and plains in the other side, I think.
- 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, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Vila de Marvão [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-20 10:15