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Hoje, 1 de Dezembro, feriado em Portugal: Dia da Restaurao da Independncia (1640). [Mais detalhes na Wikipdia.]. Por irnica coincidncia, no mesmo dia em que se celebra a restaurao da independncia de Portugal, entra hoje em em vigor o tratado constitucional europeu (chamado Tratado de Lisboa), que um importante passo para a reduo da independncia e soberania dos estados-membros da Unio Europeia. No sou contra a ideia geral da Unio Europeia, mas a realidade esta.
Esta foto mostra um braso de Portugal no Chafariz d'El-Rei, localizado no limite sul de Alfama, em Lisboa. Este fontanrio um dos mais antigos de Lisboa, eventualmente do perodo muulmano (719-1147). Foi restaurado em 1864.
V outra escultura, mais moderna, do braso de Portugal na foto Banco Nacional Ultramarino.
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Location: 38.7097109, -9.1294912.
Today, December 1st, is an holiday in Portugal: the Day of the Restoration of Independence (1640). [More details in Wikipedia.]. By ironic coincidence, the same day that celebrates the restoration of Portuguese independence, enters into force today in the European constitutional treaty (officially Treaty of Lisbon), which is an important step towards reducing the independence and sovereignty of member states of the European Union. I am not against the idea of the European Union, but there you are.
This picture shows the coat of arms of Portugal on the Chafariz d'El-Rei ("King's Fountain"), on the southern edge of Alfama district in Lisbon. This fountain is one of the oldest in Lisbon, possibly from the Muslim period (719-1147). It was restored in 1864.
See another, more modern, sculpture of the coat of arms of Portugal in the photo Banco Nacional Ultramarino.

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