Photographer's Note

Mértola is a small town in southeastern Alentejo (Portugal) next to the Spanish border. Is located on a hill by the Guadiana river, and its strategic location made it an important fluvial commercial port from Classical Antiquity through the period of Islamic domination. Among the vestiges of its islamic past, Mértola boasts the only mediaeval mosque to have survived in Portugal. The picture shows a view of a narrow, stairs road in the center of Mertola. It's like a kind of hidden passage. Because of summers very hot, white and some yellow are the most typical colors of the houses in Alentejo. This kind of architecture (narrow and stairs roads, arches on houses, small tunnels between a house and the other) made me mind the architecture of Procida, the island where I've grown. Perhaps this similarity comes from the same Islamic/Mediterranean influences.

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  • Copyright: valeria di meglio (valegnu) (19)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-05-20
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-08-31 9:59
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