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Took this during my college trip to 屴ora. This is the view from Monsaraz, a village nearby. Above all, I love the contrast between the white walls and the brown and blue landscape. Since these are Earth's colors, the architectural elements in the photo look like a barrier between what is natural and what is human.

(From now on, reading is optional! :D )The site http://portugal-info.net/alentejo/monsaraz.htm describes it this way: "Perched on the top of a hill, this little known small town is a jewel in the crown of the Alentejo, if not Portugal itself. It is a small walled group of dwellings that preserve most of their original charm by retaining the old exteriors and the original quaint slated streets. The inhabitants of the town take particular pride in maintaining its somewhat medieval atmosphere with its few narrow streets that are often quite steep as they fall away to the defending walls."
Here we can see the white architecture that characterizes Alentejo. This region is so dry (almost a desert in fact) that the lake you can see in the background is far from your usual landscape - this is the Alqueva lake, a huge dam project in the Guadiana river intended to create a complex infrastructure, which includes a dam, hydroelectric power production, irrigation systems to a large arable land area, and formation of an extensive reservoir. Aldeia da Luz, a small village, fell into the flooding zone of the projected Alqueva dam and was completely rebuilt on a safe new site, as on February 8th 2002, the 96-metre-high floodgates of the Alqueva dam were closed and the reservoir started to fill.

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  • Copyright: Isabel Coimbra (Naiini) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 2 N: 37] (147)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2006-07-02
  • Categories: 建築
  • Exposure:f/22, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version:Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-07-05 13:13
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