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,
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jemaflor (103639) 2017-03-13 0:24
Original facade for this coffee, well framed with the statue as focal point of view, perfectly taken, good sharpness and interesting note, tfs.
dkmurphys (65148) 2017-03-13 0:44
Very nice detail from that splendid building in Rossio area of downtown Lisbon. Well taken.
emka (107755) 2017-03-13 0:50
Nice detail from the facade of Rossio Station. I do not remember this statue, I haven't heard about the king Sebastian. He looks here like a boy. Interesting reflections, Excellent composition.
Kind regrad s Malgo
papagolf21 (110342) 2017-03-13 1:42
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Ce cadrage serré sur cette façade décorée de bas-reliefs (frises) et d'une superbe sculpture, donne le ton des anciens immeubles. Il est vrai qu'avec les tours, ce n'est plus tout à fait la même chose !
Très bon choix.
lousat (98285) 2017-03-13 1:53
Hi Bulent,a requiem for the statue but the pic is lovely,a great mix of old and modern architechtures with the special bonus of bright reflections,well done!Have a nice week and thanks,LUCIANO
snunney (107477) 2017-03-13 3:08
I think this is one of the grandest entrances I have seen to a Starbucks. The image is well framed and the statue and sculpture work presented in perfect detail. It is a great pity it has been vandalised, perhaps somebody did not like the coffee at Starbucks:-)
holmertz (59750) 2017-03-13 3:49
Sebastian lived much longer as a statue than as a human, but it is still a bit sad to hear that he was finally destroyed, although his role in the expansion of Portuguese colonialism was nothing to applaud. In 2013 this was still an elegant entrance for a train station. I must have gone through this door when I made a day-trip to Sintra in 1984, but I am fairly sure there was no Starbucks in those days.
alvaraalto (20574) 2017-03-13 7:03
Beautiful picture of a situation that isn’t any longer. Sad story about the destruction of King Sebastian. But your story doesn’t tell how it happened. Was he fallen of his throne, was is vandalism or an accident or just a stupid civil servant that wanted to get rid of old statues.
Nevertheless good we do still have this excellent picture.
mayjayne (7016) 2017-03-13 8:22
I remember this impressive building housing the Starbucks in Lisbon - took some shots of it as well. But I didn't know about this statue, so many thanks for sharing this piece of information, and the lovely composition !
PiotrF (23138) 2017-03-13 15:02
Beautiful view of the interesting facade.
I like this composition.
Clarity and sharpness are perfect made.
worldcitizen (9452) 2017-03-14 10:20
I was admiring this beautiful statue and arch, and then I read the link in your note. Poor King Sebastian has died a second death, and in a totally preventable incident. You really have to wonder what people are thinking - or not thinking - sometimes. Your photo presents this statue and spot beautifully.
pajaran (66318) 2017-03-14 14:19
Lep pogled, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad i kompozicija, dobar kontrast i ostrina, lepe boje. Lepa fasada i detalji. Lep ulaz u kafe kucu.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje, srecno.
Beautiful view, good text ...
Good work and composition, good contrast and sharpness, beautiful colors. Beautiful facade and details. A beautiful entrance to the coffee house.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best, good luck.
mcmtanyel (29668) 2017-03-14 18:47
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
This is a lovely photo that combines ornate decorations with clear reflections. The unfortunate statue of the unfortunate king is placed in the prime spot of the frame.
I, too, got angry when I read the news article. I hope the idiot was made to pay for damages.
ikeharel (79161) 2017-03-14 22:39
Frankly Bullent, we strolled in Rossio near the station - but did not come so close to the entrance and windows, so missed this beautiful and well preserved art element upon its facade. What a miss !
Superior sharp details shown on the picture, interesting enough to explore, and beautifully taken from sidewalk POV.
jmdias (69230) 2017-03-15 1:38
this is a neo-manoelino style building in lisbon, a revival of the style of the great portuguese times. I remember this gate, but not its details. in some aspects the arrogance of this king destroyed portugal and left the kingdom in the hands of spain, at other side it is because him I live here and my town became a brazilian town, not more part of a former spanish kingdom as it was when this king was alive.
jhm (160917) 2017-03-15 4:53
First, thank you very much for take my picture if favorite.
You shows u the entrance on a wonderful way.
We see all details of this fantastic artwork, ever made by human hands.
Wonderful composition, pleasant colours and nice sharpness.
Very well done, TFS.
Fis2 (107416) 2017-03-15 6:24
Interesting fragment of building.
Curious details and reflection.
I like POV and composition.
kasianowak (10591) 2017-03-16 1:23
Lovely photo with well-chosen POV. I really like the way you combined old and new in form of the Starbucks entrance and also the reflections of different style of architecture.
It's also a poignant reminder that this facade will not be the same without the statue destroyed by the selfie-taking idiot. Unfortunate king indeed.
macjake (73059) 2017-03-24 4:32
what i don't get is, how could he have knocked it over? isn't this thing locked or pinned down with bolts or something???
what a sad state of affairs!
another thing...I thought it was known as common fact that you NEVER EVER point horseshoes down! its bad luck. when you point horseshoes down (hanging on a wall etc...) the luck pours OUT, when you hang them correctly the luck flows IN. Seriously! why would they point the horseshoes down???????? Karma!
lovely shot though my friend, its an ideal composition to show off the walls details. glad to hear it wasn't you that knocked over the statue :)