Monday, September 6, 2010

Casa dos Bicos

 
This house at downtown Lisbon was built by the son of the second Governor of the Portuguese India in 1523

29 comments:

Gine said...

Magnifique et étonnemment "moderne" !

Ann said...

What an unusual war. Do you know that there is still a Portuguese village in Malacca in Malaysia?

Thanks for asking about th eEarthquake.

Irina said...

Beauty. 1523.
Which reminds me that we have same decoration on one of the buildings, but they are drawn, visual effect is the same.

Eleonora said...

This reminds me so much of Venice, and now I see where the influence comes from!

JM said...

@Ann: Yes, the Portuguese ruled Malacca from 1511 to 1641, when the Dutch kicked us out! :-) There still is a portuguese neighbourhood as well as some old monuments and a ship museum there.

Kate said...

The decoration on the facade certainly is different. It reminds me of some of the pottery styles in the Southwest, USA.

Leif Hagen said...

What a notable building with such unusual style! I like the little balcony from yesterday, too!

Merisi said...

Such a magnificent place!

Sharon said...

That is the most unique exterior!

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful building and I love the facade! It is different! Terrific capture as always, JM, and another wonderful visit to your country! Thanks as always for sharing!

Sylvia

Randy said...

What an amazing facade. Great design. I would how the light plays on it early in the morning or in the evening.

jennyfreckles said...

What an unusual facade - never seen stonework like that. I don't think it would be concrete in 1523. I'm glad they're going to use the building.

Small City Scenes said...

The exterior is very unusual and marvelous. Just think this was done in the 1500s with out all our modern technology. Excellent. MB

Jarart said...

Such a beautiful building should be saved. I am glad it has a new life.

VP said...

I remember this peculiar building, but it was in far worse conditions than now. I'm glad they restored the house and found a good use for it.

Cezar and Léia said...

Relembra alguma coisa de "oriental", a fachada é maravilhosa, com um textura incrível e linda!
As janelas e formas são muito charmosas!
Léia

Babzy said...

strange front , but perfect for photos , i think it changes with the light and creates beautiful effects :)

Olivier said...

tres belle et surprenante architecture, une maison hérisson ;)

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

What an interesting façade.

this too will pass said...

fascinating

Joan Elizabeth said...

It certainly looks like ti comes from a different part of the world ... though I was having difficulty placing exactly where.

Jill said...

Very interesting.

Jacob said...

House of nipples?

An interesting structure for sure! 1523, heh? Well, at last I've found something a bit older than I am!

Jack said...

Fascinating building. It reminds me of a cheese grater.

joo said...

Veru unusual but beautiful building!

Hilda said...

Funky texture! I'm not sure I like it, but I'm still glad that it's going to be restored. Unusual, at the very least.

Francisca said...

That's definitely a unique building!

amatamari© said...

This building is truly magnificent: thanks!

T. Becque said...

What architecture!