Photographer's Note

Central Tejo was a Coal Steam Power Plant, which produced electricity from 1919 to 1972, feeding energy to the fast growing Lisbon area.

It was built on the North bank of the Tagus River just a few meters from the water. The river provided cold water to cool the steam, and also an easy route fro the coal to arrive. On the early days, coal was manually unloaded from the barges by hundreds of workers carrying baskets over their heads.

The buildings and their interiors were carefully preserved and are now The Electricity Museum, a mandatory visit for the technology fan.

Although the building is huge and relatively isolated, it is not easy to photograph, because there is a busy four lane street on the left hand side, and an ugly steel silo on the right. This shot was taken with a compact Pentax, and the subject deserves another trial with the “big gun”.

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