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This is another picture of the beautiful Porto city. This picture was taken in the afternoon with strong light. In general, the people of Lisbon think that the Porto city is a dark, but it's not true. Here, we can see the So Bento Train Station on right side and the beautiful Church of Congregados in background. In right side of the church there is the Avenida dos Aliados and Behind of me the way to Ribeira and to S Cathedral of Porto.

In WS:
1 - Church of Congregados
2 - Interior side of the So Bento Train Station

The So Bento Train Station (Portuguese: Estao de So Bento) is located in the city of Porto, in Portugal. Inaugurated in 1916, the historical station is known for its tile (azulejo) panels that depict scenes of the History of Portugal. It is located in the Almeida Garret Square, in the centre of the city

The name of the station derives from a Benedictine monastery built on this spot in the 16th century. The monastery fell victim of a fire in 1783, was later rebuilt, but was in a grave state of disrepair at the end of the 19th century. In the context of an expansion of the railway system in Portuguese territory, King Carlos I laid the first stone of the station in 1900. The project was entrusted to Porto architect Jos Marques da Silva, who designed a building under the influence of French Beaux-Arts architecture.
The most notable aspect of So Bento Station is the large, magnificent tile panels in the vestible. The tiles number 20 thousand, date from 1905-1916 and are the work of Jorge Colao, the most important azulejo painter of the time.
The panels depict landscapes, ethnographic scenes as well as historical events like the meeting of knight Egas Moniz and Alfonso VII of Len (12th century), the arrival of King John I and Philippa of Lancaster in Porto (1387) and the Conquest of Ceuta (1415). From Wikipedia
The Church of Congregados was inaugurated on the 8th of December 1680 and belonged to the Congregation of Philip of Nri and is located at Praa Almeida Garrett.

Its facade is in the Baroque style in the seventeenth century. The windows are lined with modern tiles, depicting scenes from the life of St. Anthony. The windows are already building this century.

The interior of this temple is composed of a single nave and choir, based in Ionian columns supported by three arches.

The decoration of the presbytery is made with panels depicting passages from the life of St. Anthony, and the panels can still see two sets of carved reliefs of St. Anthony.

In the interior of the temple there are the panels, one representing the 'Assumption of the Virgin' and the other the 'Holy Family'.

In the sacristy, are stored great chest of black wood and a screen of the Virgin and Child.

Nikon D40X
2009/07/23 15:06:42.6
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/400 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium high

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