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In passed times Valença was an extremely important city both financially and militarily. The incredible fortress that surrounds it is the proof of that.

This fortress was built between the XII and the XIII century and had as main purpose to protect the river boat sailing (on the portuguese side) and the border itself. Among many other interesting facts, this fortress was one of the very few places that Napoleon managed to conquer in his 3 attempts to conquer Portugal (which he allways failed…).

Valença – Portugal


Canon EOS 550D + 50mm lens + CPL filter
f3.5 opening / 1/320 sec exposure

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Coming from Portugal, established in Sweden since 2010. “I tell what I see, I see what I tell.”

Self tought. I am still learning, I allways will be! Landscapes and nature were, are and allways will be my favourite thing to shoot. Other motifs? Yeah, they will come as well…

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  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago

    Splendid scene, great capture!

  • Danke John!! Much appreciated!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Fara
    Faraabout 2 years ago

    This is a terrific scene……………I want to go wandering here Joao…………………….Joyce

  • Be my guest Joyce! :) Thanks so much for the fave and the wonderful comment! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 2 years ago

  • Muito obrigado Maria!

    – João Figueiredo

  • CanyonWind
  • Cheers for that!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 2 years ago

    Wow, absolutely beautiful, Joao!!!

  • Thank you Laurie! Much appreciated for so much kindness and the fave as well!!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamabout 2 years ago

    love everything about this – wonderful pic joao !

  • And I love that you love it so much!! Thank you so much Dean! Very much appreciated!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you Marie!! Very much appreciated!

    – João Figueiredo

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 2 years ago

  • Um grande obrigado Tereza!

    – João Figueiredo

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosabout 2 years ago

    Awesome, great capture and excellent light,clarity and detail !

  • Thank you so much Carlos! It was quite hard due to the sunlight that was so hard and strong… Much appreciated!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenalmost 2 years ago

    Another great composition and wonderful colours

  • Thank you once more! Allways nice to have great photographers that compliment my work and fave it! Have a nice week!

    – João Figueiredo

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