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Old stones
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Copyright: Aida Ramos (Aida) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 39 N: 200] (2292)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-07
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon Coolpix S1
Exposure: f/10.5, 1/52 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-08 19:57
Viewed: 2929
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
House in the Historic Village of Idanha-a-Velha.
Idanha-a-Velha - capital of the civicas Igaeditanorum of the Roman time - was possibly established in the period of Augustus (séc. I B.C.) and will have been the result of the pacification politics and order of the territory, on the part of Rome, and of the necessity to create an intermediate point of stopping between Guarda and Mérida.
Of the city name it is not known much. The oldest sources only relate it while the Civic administrative circumscription Igaeditanorum, name derived from the assignment of the pre-Roman people who inhabited the region where the new city was implanted (igaeditani). The current form drift of the visigótica form Egitania and the Idania Arab.
Also it's not known much itself of the history of the city during the Roman period, even so must have had a period of great prosperity during the High Empire.
With the peninsular germanic invasions of the beginning of séc. V the city started to integrate the kingdom of the suevos. Of this period also little it is known. The available information respects to the creation of the diocese of the Egitania, with headquarters in Idanha-a-Velha, perhaps for determination of king Teodomiro. In 569 the city became to represent in Concílio de Lugo.
In 585 the kingdom of the suevos was integrated in the visigótico kingdom. Idanha-a-Velha will have profit a new economic and politician-administrative impulse. The mint of gold currency seems to be an unequivocal demonstration of that period of prosperity.
The city was taken to the visigótico kingdom for the Muslen in the year of 713.
D. Afonso Henriques ordered to occupy Idanha and donated it Gualdim Pais, of the Templar Order. Having been again taken by the Mouros, it was reconquered again from the Muslen in the reign of Sancho I who have returned it to the Templars. However, given its position, he falls again at the hands of the Muslen. In the time of D. Sancho II it was finally taken and was donated again to the Templar Order who done some military workmanships of which the most known it is the tower that seats on podium of the temple of the forum.
However, the displacement of the border each time more for south and east, provoked an inexorable process of decay. After successive attempts of setting of the population in Idanha, through the multiple concession benesses, D.Manuel I grants to it the "Foral Noovo", in 1 of June of 1510, having this been a last one and frustrated regal attempt to return to the city its prestige and importance.

Text taken from: www.cm-idanhanova.pt and translated with google

Today there are few people living in this Historic Village and National Monument, but its very well conserved and it's a place that certainly deserves a touristic visit

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Hello Aida.
Very good composition,colours and details.
Best Regards

* Piotr *

Hello Aida,

Very beautiful picture. Sharp. I liked your selection. Wall, Window and Door. Simple and well captured. I guess you purposely didn't crop left side of image to show stone around the window, justifying the title. Good decision. I can feel standing opposite to the house.


Hola Aida - The red door and window make this an eyecatcher for me, a colourful impression of an old facade. I like the set-up (crop?) with the door being in the lower right-hand quarter and the window diagonally opposite. The 'combination' of old stones looks wonderful and lively to me, nothing is repetitive here. The only problem is the bright sunlight (always a difficult condition for photographers) over- or underexposing part of your image: the left side of this wall (OE) vs. the small part of wall at the top right (UE). Still, I like your photo the way it is. Thank you for sharing it with us! - Cheers, Cordelia :))

Hi Aida,
I always love a photo with this composition.
You have a great job here.


Hola Aida,

Very very nice architectural composition ! well balance.
Superb red color!
It looks like its taken from the movie "Volver".

They were small during that time considering that door... Probably for the beer or merchandise delivery...
It's nicely composed! The stone details are precise!

Hola Aida.
Excellent picture, nice composed and very clear.

Well seen, very good exposure and framing...

Olá Aida,
Gostei do enquadramento.
Olhar atento, bom registo.
apetece entrar :-)

Very beautiful composition aida! Great wall textures with the play of shadows. Nicely seen. tfs


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  • fer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 741 W: 119 N: 910] (8190)
  • [2007-05-10 11:44]
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Olá Aida,

Excelente trabalho!!!Adoro este genero de fotografia!
fica bem,

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2007-05-10 11:47]
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The texture of stone wall is beautifully taken in this image. Architecture is beautiful and its composition is excellent. Good illumination and warm perspective. Well done my friend.

Many thanks for sahring this image.

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2007-05-11 14:12]
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Good composition and colours and indeed a picture with a long story to tell.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Aida, old stones nd new window and door wiyth read color, splendid combination with wonderful graphic effect, very well done, BRAVA! have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

merhaba dear aida
beautiful old stons and window with door.
beautiful light and colours.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Hey Aida,

How are you there in Portugal?? Very nice photo, with a good POV and composition!! Good contrast between the red and grey!! Also beautiful details:))

Best regards from Holland's coast,


Hello Aida,
great capture of this stone house, the window and door look so tiny like a cartoon type of house, absolutely marvellous,
well done, your note is outstanding,
Warm regards,

Hi Aida,
It's a very nice architectural composition with Wall, Window and Door. Contrast between colors and light makes this beautiful shot.


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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2007-05-26 3:34]
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Hello Aida.
Wonderful composition and well captured. Great point of view. Interesting note as well. Good to looking at.
My compliments.
Janek Kloss

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  • fff Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 600 W: 0 N: 40] (2738)
  • [2007-05-26 11:00]
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Hi Aida superb image beautiful colours with good clarity real rural tfs bye Shimon

nice ans symmetric picture
well spotted , good composed and nice colours

Hello Aida,

Lovely shot! I like the well balanced composition, the excellent colors, sharpness and detail.
The lighting conditions were not ideal but you handled it very well.

Hi Aida! Love the rustic feel and the colors. Good choice of flat elevation shot. The framing of the red windows at the corners is very effective. TFS,
Freddie :)

Good composition I like it , I like still more with a bit of sharpness more.
The color of the door and the window go very right with the stonne of the wall.

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  • isa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 62 N: 139] (1593)
  • [2007-06-13 16:08]
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Olá Aida,
Fabulosa imagem, de grande efeito gráfico. SEm dúvidas uma lindíssima vivenda.
Perfeito enquadramento e nitidez. A cor vermelha destaca muito bem.

Um abraço,

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2007-06-27 5:19]
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Hiiii Aida ;)))
nice composition, light, shadows and detailc...I like it,
Best regards,
J ;)

Ola ola Aida,
How do *U* do it...
each of your last shots is at 32 pts! Well done!
Ths one is gorgeous... I see NO OE < OverExposure > nor UE < UnderExposure >!!!

I would do a small crop at the top to "balance" the "sole" with the "cap"...

Tfs, Jay.

PS Themed

Hola Aida.

Una muy bonita composicion en piedra la que oresentas haciendo un buen contraste con el rojo.


hi aida, simple but great composition. nice contrast. good eye!


Ola Aida! Amazing red windows, amazing stones, wonderful sharpness, wonderful saturation. Excellen composition, excellent effect. Saude!

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  • akg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 0 N: 171] (2264)
  • [2009-05-19 3:27]

Lovely shot, beautiful sunlight! Great capture.
Regards, abhijit.

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