22/02/2008

#53 - Colorful Lisbon

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The Madragoa is a popular neighborhood of Lisbon, near the Tagus river, whose name comes from the presence in times of the Convent of the Madres de Goa. The legend mind that the neighborhood was born of the thousands of grains of sand that the seagulls transported to there. The origin of the name is lost in time. Some people say that the word refers to the nickname of a fidalga from Madeira Island "Mandragam" or that comes from "Mother of Goa." Before the earthquake, in XVll century, the district had the name "Moçambo" and was not more than a small town inhabited mainly by people of African origin. In the past, part of Madragoa was a cluster of convents and palaces, where they lived the Trinas, Bernardas or Inglezinhas. But were the workers who gave life to the neighborhood. Among the XVlll and XlX centuries, the population significantly changed. At that time, many people came to Lisbon from the region of the Ria de Aveiro, in particular from Ovar, hence the name ovarinas. Subsequently, most of these people have chosen to stay in Madragoa. Most were married, fishermen and varinas. Among many of the architectural works of Madragoa was the Palace of the Dukes of Aveiro, the House of the Marquis de Abrantes and older and modest chapels of Lisbon, the Mártires. Also there is the Embassy of France, where Gil Vicente (after St. George's Castle), initiated the Portuguese theater.

15 comments:

g_mirage said...

colourful and lovely! plus the history! Thanks!

quintarantino said...

... caramba, com fotos destas uma pessoa deslumbra-se ...

[Quanto à sexta-feira eu só posso admitir que uma fotógrafa como a menina esteja mais que preparada. Vais arrasar!]

Uma por Dia said...

Quim: as duas últimas fotos não são minhas, vê a legenda. A minha máquina é fraquita e digital.

You're welcome g mirage :)I love to go to find stories. But I am driven by your feedback

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Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Very distinctive photo - the angle is
great; and again, interesting background information.

iBlowfish said...

Very interesting street for me, I just like the shot.

Jana said...

What a wonderful area. Nice photo!

Web-OJ said...

Great Info, Uma. Cool pic.

Bucefalo said...

NIce shot!

Which Main? What Cross? said...

Hi From Bangalore, India.
I'm reading "The History of the Siege of Lisbon" by Jose Saramago and then I stumble upon your site. Lovely pictures. It's like being there.

Petrea said...

I just love this shot. I could stare at it all day.

kostas said...

Beautiful moments!

araratdailyphoto said...

You know, I looked at this photo intently when it was first posted, yet when I re-visited it today, it was the first time I noticed that lady's leg.
I think it is because the face drew me in and I just looked straight past it!

Petrea said...

Me too, ararat! Thanks for pointing it out. Now I must go look at your blog.

Uma por Dia said...

I had mentioned the lady's leg but in portuguese.
It always makes me remember popey's arm.

Anonymous said...

Travessa do Pasteleiro...
Linda foto de uma das poucas e cuidadas ruas do Bairro da Madragôa.
Parabéns ao fotografo