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: 11.5mm
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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paura (47186) 2011-03-19 9:45
Fantástico enquadramento, amigo. As cores também são destaques. Linda fotografia.
Silvio1953 (141991) 2011-03-19 10:39
Ciao Goncalo, great pow on wonderful castle, fascinating landscape with fantastic colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Cricri (118747) 2011-03-19 11:06
Le très bon choix du POV et du cadrage, profitant a la fois de la maison, ces détails et la vue sur le paysage, bien sur des couleurs extra et un ciel sublime
très belle image
PaulVDV (28771) 2011-03-19 11:44
Magnificent how these two smaller houses - most probably belonging to the castle you mention in your note - are protected by the huge wall and their wonderful setting high on the mountain.
A fantastic location to build a castle and a great view over the plain.
Also the sky looks wonderful.
Best regards, Paul
pierrefonds (65824) 2011-03-19 12:00
The castle is sending my eyes toward the horizon which is giving depth to the composition. the point of view is allowing me to see the details and colors of the architecture of the house inside the castle. the afternoon light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
emka (96408) 2011-03-19 13:04
splendid POV selected, beautiful walls and sky, nice shadows. Wonderful wide panorama.
bema (26425) 2011-03-19 13:22
an totally interesting location and a very striking pov, to show all the beautiness of the landscape around..
have a nice weekend.. Um abraco, Bernd
ciakgiak (30431) 2011-03-19 13:43
a parte il bellissimo ed interessantissimo sito, mi piace moltissimo la luce che lo taglia in due nettamente ed il tuo solito splendido cielo.
Un carissimo abbraccio
krzychu30 (15512) 2011-03-19 14:33
thank you for excellent presentation of this beautiful old architecture.It´s very interesting.You´ve captured it with great POV.I like this play of light and shade,beautiful,vivid colors and outstanding contrast.Very good quality of the photo.
My Best Regards
Ninello52 (7576) 2011-03-19 15:08
Immagine complessivamente spettacolare! Magnifica l'inquadratura che ci mostra la piccola corte del castello a picco su di un paesaggio bellissimo! Eccellente il blù del cielo, bellissimo!
Royaldevon (38395) 2011-03-19 15:59
I can hardly imagine where you must be standing to get this amazing shot! You have achieved amazing light contrasts as well as an immense sense of depth, as you reveal the fortified town, in relation to the lowlands, beyond.
My warm regards,
Budapestman (82620) 2011-03-19 16:11
a beautiful photo of this picturesque view, the colours and lights are splendid, excellent POV and clarity, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
lousat (90638) 2011-03-19 16:18
Hi Goncalo,fantastic way to capture this little castle whit your usual magnificent style! I like a lot the game of lights and shadows on the court and the long long and neverending perspective too.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.
siamesa (28117) 2011-03-19 16:30
Boa noite Gonçalo
Perfeito enquadramento. A linha do horizonte onde o azul do céu se mistura com a paisagem é uma composição linda. parabéns.
Charo (51212) 2011-03-19 16:31
Buenas noches Gonçalo,
Recuerdo esta perspectiva de cuando estuve ahí, creo que yo también hice una similar, pero aquel día el cielo estaba nebuloso y no tenía el bonito azul de tu foto.
Excelnte composición con una gran profundidad.
adores (45243) 2011-03-19 17:21
A tua série já está enorme! Conheço bem este local! O pov está excelente para mostrar o quanto é impressionante! Gosto até daquela diagonal que deixa metade das casitas ao sol e metade à sombra. As cores estão óptimas!
jmdias (63934) 2011-03-19 17:37
aqui fica evidewnte a grandiosidade dos horizontes que rodeiam a cidade e gosto muito das linhas das muralhas. linda vista, bem tomada, com boa luz, cores, nitidez e enquadramento
vasilpro (41309) 2011-03-19 23:44
Wonderful composition, beautiful atmosphere, lovely light and colors, excellent POV, interesting architecture inside that castle.
Have a nice Sunday, Vasilis.
mauro61 (52855) 2011-03-20 0:16
bel POV dall'alto perfettamente eseguito con un bel cielo azzurro di fondo.
Ottima la definizione che fa risaltare i colori della scena,
peppe59 (14555) 2011-03-20 2:25
sempre molto interessante i tuoi cieli, fantastico il POV, molto interessante questa ripresa a largo respiro.
complimenti e buona domenica
rodgerg (55767) 2011-03-20 2:30
Excellent vertical composition, very well ballanced with a large place resreved for this superb blue sky. POV well selcetd too. Beautiful play of shade in the Fg with the red of the roof which arise.
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-03-20 4:53
Mais uma excelente foto do nosso belo Portugal
Gosto muito desta perspetiva
As cores estao fabulosas assim como a profundidade de campo
Um abraco Amigo
timecapturer (49288) 2011-03-20 6:09
stunning use of the light to create this striking image. Well composed and controlled, with perfect sharpness, DOF and colour. It all makes for an impressive shot under a vibrant blue sky. Bravo!
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-03-20 6:20
it is an excellent colourful photo. Like the colour contrast very much. The sky at top is outstanding. You have captured it superbly with nice depth and sharpness. Excellent shot. Tfs.
dkmurphys (57982) 2011-03-20 7:47
Very beautiful panoramic view. Picturesque place, very fine contrasts, well done.
Have a nice Sunday afternoon!
Graal (102752) 2011-03-20 10:29
amazing view and shot from high POV. Unusual houses. Pity that horizon line is middle of the composition. Good informations.
Have a nice evening.
delpeoples (57590) 2011-03-20 17:21
Ola dear Goncalo
An intreresting POV which incorporates these fascinating little houses within the castle but also the landscape beyond. An amazing scene and sky taken in grand fashion.
pablominto (53746) 2011-03-20 21:50
Seems like the small houses are well protected by the castle walls!
An interesting scene with fine play between light and shade, and the elevated point of view works well...
Good view of the surrounding landscape, great colour palette!
Sergiom (78505) 2011-03-21 6:00
Image très réussi de ce endroit très particulier. Les murs très hauts gardent la cour dans l'ombre, mais la tourelle brille magnifiquement au soleil. Le ciel est superbe.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-03-21 8:27
J'aime cette vue qui domine les remparts qui s'avancent sous la belle lumière vers l'horizon un peu comme la proue d'un navire. Le ciel est un élément important et très réussi de la composition.
ikeharel (70655) 2011-03-21 9:55
I am not sure if this is a morning time or in the afternoon, Gonçalo - but the shadow's angel play well with the lightend elements.
Good view from castle top.
josepmarin (58357) 2011-03-21 9:58
bonita perspectiva en este plano picado sobre el patio del castillo y las casas, bajo un fantástico juego de luz y de sombras. Hay una magnífica profundidad en la imagen, que nos ofrece una vista que se pierde en el lejano horizonte, donde el cielo tan fotogénico cierra la composición.
Un gran trabajo aquí, amigo.
abmdsudi (53607) 2011-03-21 10:01
Simply a breath taking location with excellent pov and good compostion. A picture with good perspective, depth and good sense of distance. Lovely shadows enhancing the depth further and the rich blue sky is awesome and contrasting well against the castle. Excellent exposure, clarity, sharpness and good color tones. A pleasing shot, well observed. Congrats
shevchenko (20516) 2011-03-21 21:06
Good bird view shot to show what hidden inside the wall, I like these unique architectures, good vertical format to include background landscape and big part of blue sky, interesting composition, distinct photo, good shoot.
silah (2798) 2011-03-22 16:14
This is very impressive scene and shot that has wonderful colours and DOV. Also I liked the POV. Vertical frame is a good selection.
Didi (60588) 2011-03-25 4:54
Impressive view from a nice dominant position.
Nice lights ambiance
nikkitta (17066) 2011-03-25 10:41
Hola Gonzalo, que nota interesante y completa para acopañar esta foto original por la toma y el encuadre vertical
Increible cielo con esos diversos tonos de azules
Bon fin de semana
Angshu (56750) 2011-03-25 11:18
Very well composed from the high POV & the exposure is well drawn out. The details in the shade has come out well. The clouds are very dramatic
bukitgolfb301 (41424) 2011-03-27 1:37
Hi my dear Goncalo
Yes so beautiful landscape, that makes me remind the culture and tradition of great Europe.
A wonderful presentation by very considered framework and usage of wide focus lens choice. The color of the sky is so beautiful.
Thanks for your sharing fine work and have a good Sunday!
Takero from still cold Tokyo
andywo (4725) 2011-04-02 12:19
Very interesting and good captured castle. I like the composition and blue sky. It must be fantastic place!
kato (11630) 2011-04-07 8:57
Well captured, excellent tone and a good scenery with beautiful contrast!
It's interesting seeing small houses in courtyard of old castle, and it's impressive for the azure sky seen on horizon. And, the shadow projected to courtyard draws out a good effect, I think.
JCG (35129) 2011-04-16 2:01
Wedged in this fortress, this small house is well protected !!! A beautiful photograph on this part of the castle, the point of view is impressive on the valley, almost vertiginous. The light is excellent and contrasts of colors with this pretty sky are very appreciable. Pretty and interesting glance, thank you also for the instructive note.
With all my friendships and an excellent WE,
leo61 (0) 2011-04-26 11:34
You found a great POV here and I like the depth and the blue tones here.
maloutim (9639) 2011-04-28 2:13
Linda composición muy interesante con las casitas bonitas dentro de la fortaleza. Buena elección del formato vertical que permite una vista completa sobre el patio del castillo, la llanura más abajo hasta el horizonte y el bello cielo nuvoloso.
dale54 (7762) 2011-11-20 9:32
HI GONCALO!VERY NICE PIC.I LIKE THIS ALOT.OUTSTANDING COLOR TO THIS! HAVE A GREAT DAY! DR
- 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: 2011-03-19 9:27