Photographer's Note

The monumental heart of the city

The imposing Avenida dos Aliados is the heart of the city, a sloping boulevard lined with grand buildings and a central promenade. Most of the buildings are major branches of the main banks or hotels.

At the top of the avenue stands the Town Hall, a palatial building with a tall bell tower (70m high). Made of granite and marble, its design was influenced by municipal architecture of Flanders and France.

In front of the building is a modernist statue of Portuguese writer Almeida Garrett.
At the other end of the avenue is Praça da Liberdade (foreground in this picture), a square adorned with a statue of King Pedro IV on a horse.
There are several cafes down the avenue. Sit at one of the tables on the pavement outside to watch the world go by.

Nikon D40X
2009/07/30 11:18:55.1
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Digital Vari-Program: Auto (Flash Off)
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/160 sec - F/6.3
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image:
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium high

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