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
1/100 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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leo61 (0) 2011-02-03 10:22
With your choice of the vertical format and these nice clouds this photo has an amazing depth.Light,colors and contrast are perfect.
Very well seen and managed.
serp2000 (45828) 2011-02-03 10:26
Fine vertical composition, impressive landscape.
From your note, we know something new about this place.
yquem46 (38752) 2011-02-03 10:50
Nice shot very colorful, with an eye catching contrast between the blue sky and all the greenery. The rocks from the FG lead the eye to the castle at the horizon
Very well done
bema (26425) 2011-02-03 11:04
a beautiful landscape and building, captured in an splendid composed capture, perfect colors and sharpness, too..
thanks for sharing, see you around, Bernd
baclama (18896) 2011-02-03 11:18
un ciel de reve pour donner de l'elan à cette photo
il y a un reel dynamisme tres bien realisé
nszeretlek (1199) 2011-02-03 11:48
Olá Gonçalo !
A place to take seriously into account when dropping down by Extremadura ...You took advantage of the best light and sky to highlight how nice the Historical monument is ...I specially like the contrast green , blue with the creeping walls and stones !
siamesa (28127) 2011-02-03 11:51
O ponto de vista merece aplausos. Uma maravilha em cores, luz e sombras.Uma foto espetacular. Parabéns.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-02-03 13:34
a picturesque view with spectacular composition and details, great lights and colours, a romantic atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
ciakgiak (30433) 2011-02-03 13:57
splendida composizione, un paesaggio bello che culmina sul castello, passando attraverso colori e contrasti meravigliosi. Qualità eccellente.
Un caro abbraccio.
adramad (49470) 2011-02-03 14:13
Magnífica esta composicion vertical, un buen POV con estas rocas que desde el primer plano conducen la vista hasta la fortaleza al fondo, ello da un extraordinanrio DOF, el cielo y sus nubes tiene un efecto genial en la imagen, pues parecen nacer de detras del castillo.
Una luminosidad y nitidez fantastica y un precioso colorido muy natural.
pierrefonds (71051) 2011-02-03 16:51
The distance between the rocks and the castle is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the castle. The afternoon light is embellishing the colors. Have a nice day.
emka (106608) 2011-02-03 23:28
Nice walking to the castle. fantastic blue and green photo. Fine composition.
Graal (103038) 2011-02-03 23:51
good presentation of castle. Nice photo and interesting note. Well vertical composition and format. Fine vivid colours. I like it.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (64503) 2011-02-04 0:48
Very fine POV to illustrate the greatness of the place. I like the continous line between the rocks and the walls.
Good work, have a nice weekend.
bona (13739) 2011-02-04 3:10
Olá Gonçalo, uma bela perspectiva. Aqui o tempo não tem favorecido (muita umidade deixa o céu meio esbranquiçado) para fotos e tenho pego antigas e trabalhando mais com edição.
Gosto muito das cores em sua foto e do belo céu azul. A fortaleza é imponente e provavelmente de dificil acesso aos inimigos que tentassem subir essa ingrime colina. Ponto estratégico.
zi_giedre (71) 2011-02-04 3:16
what attracts me the most about your shot, is the depth and perspective. You have captured the wonderful blue Portuguese sky beautifully. The ruins are impressive, thank you for sharing.
all the best,
dta (82298) 2011-02-04 5:16
This is a classicol "Bluejeans" composition ! Excellent , in this vertical format . The eyes are leaded to the castle ithe BG . Like the lateral light and the superb colors , too .
jmdias (68605) 2011-02-04 5:51
belo diálogo entre as linhas de rocha, no chão, e as linhas das nuvens, no céu. o detalhe do castelo e a boa luz e nitidez contribuem para um lindo trabalho. bem feito
JFS (32459) 2011-02-04 7:58
The rocks lead to the castel in the middle of nowhere with a great blue sky. Very effective shot.
Bournazel (0) 2011-02-04 8:07
good use of the large angle to present us this castle, enhanced by nice sky
peppe59 (14555) 2011-02-04 9:22
Punto de vista extraordinaria. Siempre fascinado por los cielos que usted sugiere, buen trabajo.
josepmarin (58359) 2011-02-04 10:08
me gusta la fina perspectiva que nos ofreces en este encuadre, gracias a las rocas que llevan nuestra mirada hacia el castillo y el fantástico cielo azul, desde un buen POV.
La luz era muy buena y te regaló unas preciosas sombras que realzan las formas del terreno.
Un bello trabajo, amigo.
gildasjan (43824) 2011-02-04 10:17
Le mouvement des nuages dans ce ciel apporte le bon plus à cette image verticale.
Cricri (125786) 2011-02-04 10:28
J'aime ce côté sauvage autour du château, la lumière toujours aussi belle qui illumine le vert et bien sur ciel qui s'ajoute a la beauté du paysage, magnifique
pajaran (65682) 2011-02-04 13:36
Lep pogled preko stena na stari grad, tvrdjavu i nebo sa interesantnim belim oblakom, dobra kompozicija.
Dobar rad i tekst sa detaljnim podacima, lepe boje i fotografija, moje cestitke.
Prijatno vece i lep vikend.
Bela vista sobre as rochas da cidade velha, castelos e interessantes céu com nuvens brancas, uma boa composição.
Bom trabalho e texto com informações detalhadas, fotos cor bonita, meus parabéns.
Agradável à noite e um bom fim de semana.
bukitgolfb301 (45111) 2011-02-04 16:21
Hi my dear Goncalo
This is another singificant impressive shot indeed.
Victory of wide focus appraoch, that contributes a lot of best results. Very sharp and clear in the detail presentation and description.
Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a nice weekend and best regards,
Takero from cold Tokyo
kiasari (62) 2011-02-05 2:35
You chose a good POV to take this shot. A nice photo with a well managed framing and superb colors. Well done!
Have a nice weekend,
baddori (20159) 2011-02-05 23:29
Dai giardini di ville sontuose ...
ad una altura tormentata da rocce e massi ...
Ottima tripartitura con il Castello al centro, soggetto schiacciato da un cielo ...tuo ...
jafadabret (56501) 2011-02-05 23:55
J'aime cette photo avec le premier plan de rochers en perspective qui aboutit à la forteresse. Les couleurs du sol et du ciel sont superbes.
danos (103082) 2011-02-06 0:36
nice the view from a distance of the old castle,under the light of this superb and well lighted day.I like the blue and puffy sky as makes the scene even more attractive.Well done.
Have a good Sunday,Danos
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-02-07 1:15
Wow, what a view nice to see the ground with the rocky parts with the blue sky at top. Your vertical format is also very effective here. Beautiful light and colours. Great shot. Tfs.
jemaflor (103049) 2011-02-07 12:19
good result with this fg and the wide lens effect, perfect colors, an original view about this castle.
Fis2 (106256) 2011-02-07 12:47
Bardzo ciekawy zamek.
Podoba mi sie poziomy kadr i super kolory.
Cienie dodaja uroku tej fotografii.
delpeoples (59772) 2011-02-07 14:11
Ola dear Goncalo
Ahhh this is the castle we saw in the distance in your previous photo. This looks like a good walk. Beautiful use of the wide-angle lens combined with the vertical frame. The clouds in the sky also help to increase the perspective, as does the large foreground. Beautiful rich colours and sharpness, congratulations on this superb photo.
AKITA (15125) 2011-02-07 18:07
wow, the light and shadow performance shows me really touching ambience there,
clear and delightful green hill and deep blue sky are making the old castle so vivid between both two,
and a beautiful wide view of vertical composition matches this scenery very well, it shows me fine depth of space toward the sky here,
thank you for your excellent and picturesque shot,
abmdsudi (57632) 2011-02-07 22:06
What a striking sky, this is a dynamic shot with lots of interest. My eye is immediately drag all over the place. The castles and the effects of the cloud really work together well. Nice rock formation in FG lead the eyes beyond in the focal of interest, a picture with great depth and perspective. Fine composition and excellent tones and all the right elements are here. Great capture my friend. Congrats
lestans (17208) 2011-02-08 7:39
what an amazing perspective!! Colors are fantastic, and contrast beween shadows is tremendous.
Very nice work about a beautiful place!
Angshu (56760) 2011-02-09 7:10
Good choice of vertical format. The perspective is well created with the stones & their shadows leading to the castle. The clouds look good as well!
siolaw (38292) 2011-02-11 1:43
Well chosen vertical format to have a long lead in to the castle in the BG.
The lateral light gave nice textures and colours
Didi (60590) 2011-02-13 9:14
Interesting deep foreground who guide the glance until the castle.
Very good lights ambiance.
adores (46361) 2011-02-14 15:55
Mais uma foto original do Castelo de Marvão, com um pov bem pouco comum! E mais uma vez a luz está excelente! Acho que as tiraste no mesmo dia em que eu fui a Evoramonte :)!
JCG (35129) 2011-02-23 5:55
The formidable advantage of the wide-angle lens and the presence of an excellent light make this photograph a very beautiful composition, I like much this rocky foreground highlighted by the sun and which agreeably carries out us to the castle. The sky also gives dynamism to the image. Cheer and thank you Gonçalo for your interesting note.
With all my friendships and a very good end of the day,
- 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, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Vila de Marvão [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-03 10:18