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Photographer's Note

The Monumental Fountain located in Santo Ant緌 do Tojal was destinated to receive the water from Pint徼s and was transported by the Aqueduct and is an integral part of the Palace of the Archbishops also known as The Mitra's Palace.

The event which runs at the site consists of a recreation of s fair of the XVIII century accompanied by a procession with the presence of King John V on a Royal Coach, the Patriarch of Lisbon D. Tomas de Almeida and the people. When the procession arrives at the Monumental Fountain Square, it takes place the blessing of the bells for the Convent of Mafra.

There's three WS with diferent views. Hope you like it.

Update history like Filipe requested:

I arrived at the village and made a few shots on the square; after a while I had the luck to discover that the entrance to the tower of the church (photo one of these days) was open and I climbed the stairs all the way up. When I arrived at the top there were three persons there, one of them, a camera man of Loures TV with his arsenal mounted under one of the bells. They were talking, nothing was happening, so I aproach the balcony and stood right below the big bell to see the view; without further notice the man I show in the WS starts ringing the bell and so did the third person present with the other bell. I must have made the quickest jump of my life; for 20 long minutes (the duration of the procession) they hit the bells over and over and I was standing 1 metre from each one; it was one the worst experiences of my life, I can assure you; after twenty minutes I decided that I couldn't take it anymore (my ears were ready to explode) and I decided to go down; after four or five steps, they finally stoped and I went bak to do what I was supposed to: Present all of you with this nice image (in my humble opinion) that I hope you enjoy. So remember: When you go to a church tower, always ask first if those guys are ready to rock; You never know...

Camera settings
Nikon D40
2008/09/28 16:24:01.2
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: 3014 x 2009
Color
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 22mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/100 sec - F/9
Exposure Comp.: +1.0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: More Contrast
Hue Adjustment: +3
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: High

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