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
1/800 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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pierrefonds (63310) 2011-01-28 10:15
The point of view is sending my eyes toward the church ten toward the castle which is giving depth to the composition. It is also showing the details and colors of the architecture of the church. The re are some lens distortion effetc on the church and on the castle. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
bema (26409) 2011-01-28 10:36
what a strange perspective you show us here, a great capture with fantastic colors and a lot of space and depth..
thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend, see you, Bernd
npecanhuk (73492) 2011-01-28 12:25
Destaque para o ponto de vista baixo, muito bem escolhido, enaltecendo as formas das construções!
Gosto também da composição, com um belo conjunto entre as construções, o piso e o céu!
Cores, luminosidade, nitidez, formato horizontal, molduras negras, contrastes e pp excelentes!
Parabéns, abraços e um ótimo fim-de-semana!
francio64 (39868) 2011-01-28 12:41
immagine che colpisce notevolmente per l'eccellente contrasto cromatico tra il blu del cielo e la terra.
Piacevole anche la distorsione data dalla lente.
Dà un senso di artistico all'immagine.
ciakgiak (30427) 2011-01-28 12:51
splendido lavoro, composizione perfetta con la chiesa collocata sulla destra e col suo magnifico contrasto con un cielo da sballo. I colori sono stupendi.
Un caro abbraccio
emka (91496) 2011-01-28 23:28
With this slight lens distortion the photo has strange perspective. There is some unusual atmosphere, a bit scary. No one is visible, I am a little afraid what happen...
Great sky. excellent composition.
Graal (101714) 2011-01-29 0:06
amazing contrast of colours. WS is ok., scenery need correction of perspective. Good note and presentation of museum and castle in BG.
Have a nice day.
subhendu_bagchi (26083) 2011-01-29 0:56
beautiful composition. The church is looking nice with the contrasting blue sky at top. Superb light and fine sharpness. An excellent composition. Tfs.
dkmurphys (55861) 2011-01-29 3:09
Another special POV. Impressive elements of your composition, fine contrasts and textures. Well done.
Enjoy the weekend.
peppe59 (14551) 2011-01-29 3:35
fantásticos colores del cielo con gran intensidad, gran Punto de vista que ha elegido.
paura (47186) 2011-01-29 4:20
Fantásticas cores e definição. Essa sua lente é um portento, amigo.
josepmarin (58325) 2011-01-29 4:21
buena perspectiva gracias a un POV muy bajo, que provoca una dinámica y elegante fuga de líneas de esta bonita arquitectura.
Fantástico contraste entre la blancura del edificio del primer plano y el azul del cielo, y gran profundidad de campo que nos permite ver el castillo en la colina con gran nitidez.
Bonita luz y bonitos colores, la composición es muy agradable.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-01-29 4:29
inspired POV and stunning colour contrasts make this a class image. Wonderful DOF and sharpness and well controlled light. Excellent!
jmdias (61288) 2011-01-29 5:13
muito boa esta sua ideia de usar um pov bem baixo para salientar os contrastes da torre e do castelo contra o céu, além de escapar do pov clássico, criando algo diferente. muito boa a luz, nitidez, enquadramento e tudo o mais. bem feito
siamesa (28115) 2011-01-29 5:30
O ponto de vista baixo é maravilhoso. Esse céu tem um azul indescritível o que deu um contraste incrível ao prédio branco.
Sergiom (73374) 2011-01-29 6:29
J'aime beaucoup la composition de l'image. Tout y est bien situé. La lumière qui frappe de plein fouet le musée est bien gérée et le ciel polarisé est magnifique.
pablominto (53746) 2011-01-29 23:23
Maybe I'm wrong, but I assume the municipal museum once was a church..?
A strong dynamic composition, characterized by deep rich colours...
The low point of view gives a special effect, and the castle on the hill also stands out well in the scene!
jhm (148724) 2011-01-30 0:46
You chose here clear for a vertical perspective, I like your subject.
Nice of color, good presentation, nice perspective.
Pleasant image for look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Cricri (115533) 2011-01-30 2:45
Belle composition, bien cadrer et présenter avec des couleurs chaudes, d'une bonne lumière qui rend le musée lumineux, excellent POV et format
rodgerg (55767) 2011-01-30 4:37
I visited this place in the years 1980. Ypour photo is dus a meomry forme. Thanks for this memory.
Excellent shot with a great depht. good managment of light which give a beautiful contrast between the colors of the wto edifices. Impressive sky too.
ricardomattos (6139) 2011-01-30 7:33
Excelente composição com destaque para a textura deste céu de profundo azul.Ótimo POV e composição.
Silvio1953 (136675) 2011-01-30 9:05
Ciao Goncalo, great use of wide angle, lovely composition with wonderful building and beautiful castle, fantastic sky, good colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Waylim (25488) 2011-01-30 20:32
This is a really nice shot with very good POV that leads our vision to the church tower with the bell. Good perspective and depth, the extra dark blue of the sky give strong contrast to the white of the chuch.
- 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, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Vila de Marvão [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-28 10:07