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This is the entrance of the Starbucks coffee house located at the train station Estação do Rossio in Lisbon. It may be the most elegant entrance to a Starbucks in the world. The trains transport passengers between Lisbon and Sintra.

The arches represent the intersection of a pair of horse shoes pointed downward. As for the eye-catching statue seen in the niche, it depicts King Sebastian, the young king who lived for just 24 years. His short reign saw Portuguese colonial expansion in Angola, Mozambique, and Malacca, as well as the annexation of Macau (1557).

I took the photo in August 2013. In researching the site for this note, I was disappointed to learn that the statue was "accidentally" destroyed in 2016. If you are interested in learning about the statue's destruction click on the following newspaper account to find the answer: Daily Mail 25 November 2016. Perhaps it will make you as angry as it has made me.

Regards to all,

Bulent

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