WordPress Weekly Photo: Earth – Spanish Sunset

This is one of those times that I delved into my archives for this week’s theme – earth. A sunset, my favourite time of the day, epitomises the theme, a time when the heightened energy of the day is ebbing to make way for a slower pace. At least that’s what is supposed to happen ūüėČ

©2017 Regina Martins

According to Cheri, Earth Day is near, so this week we’re celebrating this planet on which we live. I will be posting more photos during the course of the next week with my interpretation of Earth.


River Artist

A stroll next to the Tagus River in Lisbon is very interesting. I never know what I’ll come across. This time it was river art – an industrious artist, using river rocks to create sculptures with a theme.

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Tall and thin, stonehenge-like, maybe?
©2017 Regina Martins

Look carefully, the scene below is of The Last Supper.

Look carefully, this is The Last Supper
©2017 Regina Martins

And here is the artist himself…

The artist himself
©2017 Regina Martins

A pretty lady.

©2017 Regina Martins

This is an interesting picture because it has so much in it. Firstly I’ve tried to include the whole exhibit. And secondly…can you see the green frog on the right of the photo? Surprise…..!

Can you see the green frog on the right of the photo?
©2017 Regina Martins

A red velvet lined rock repository for his funding…

Every artist needs to fund their artistic endeavours
©2017 Regina Martins

Each collection of colour representing an inspiration.

Colourful rocks turned into art
©2017 Regina Martins

A message of welcome to the Pope who will be visiting F√°tima soon.

A message of welcome to the Pope who is visiting Fátima in Portugal soon but is not coming to Lisbon. 
©2017 Regina Martins

I don’t know who the artist is. While tourists marvelled at his rock art he carried on, never looking up, piling rock upon rock, creating new works.


Saturday 1 November 1755

Saturday 1 November 1755.

Many people were in church, celebrating All Saints Day.

Without warning the earth began to shake. Buildings swayed catching people unawares. Children began to cry. Men and women looked up, fearful of the growing rumble. Fissures rent the earth apart. Buildings began to crumble and fell in on themselves, rafters and masonry burying worshippers beneath their colossal weight.

Six minutes is all it took to raze one of the most modern European cities of the time to the ground. Those who survived these six infernal minutes ran outside, down to the docks, for fear of being buried beneath falling buildings.

They watched in fear as the water began to recede. 40 minutes later a wall of roiling water rushed up the Tagus River, the¬†tsunami engulfing the city and taking the lives of those who’d survived the earthquake. Two more waves drowned the already destroyed city killing any¬†survivors. Fires raged in the city for five¬†days after.

The number of dead is disputed to this day. Reports say between 10,000 and 100,000 people died in the earthquake and tsunami of 1 November 1755. According to today’s seismologists, it measured a 9.0 on the Richter scale, making it one of the most severe quakes in history.

Most of Lisbon was decimated. Many historical buildings and libraries were destroyed, including the stunning Gothic Convento do Carmo. The ruins of this structure still stands today, untouched, as a reminder of that day.

The reconstruction of Lisbon led to seismically constructed buildings, probably the first such buildings in the world at the time. The Marquis of Pombal who led the reconstruction of the city tested wooden models before construction began to ensure that they could withstand another earthquake of that severity.

The earthquake of 1 November 1755 has affected the psyche of the Portuguese people and is part of the national identity, still, to this day. It was one of those events that redefined a people, who still talk about it today.

Simulating the Lisbon earthquake at the Lisboa Story Centre, an evocative and realistic simulation
©2017 Regina Martins

The story of the earthquake is evocatively told at the Lisboa Story Centre in the Praça do Commercio, at Terreiro do Paço. It showcases the history of Lisbon from pre-medieval times, through the earthquake to modern day. In a darkened room the earthquake is simulated, a movie projected on three walls and sound booming from hidden speakers, to try and convey an idea of what it was like all those centuries ago.

Saturday 1 November 1755.

Many people were in church, celebrating All Saints Day.

The day a city was reborn.


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