Magnificent Peacock at Castle of São Jorge

Dear Friends and Readers,
When I saw this magnificent, eye catching colours of a peacock which graced the entrance of the Café in Castle of São Jorge in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Watching the unique grace and significant impact of a peacock, later I penned down:

Bright Eyes of Life

May your cheerfulness rise from compassion.
May an indefinite thread of patience keep you company.
In every human heart you encounter, if possible embrace to share kindness.
Don’t wait others to be compassionate, show them how.
Go and wake up, unlock the door of luck for deep within you is an answer.
Generously share that luck to light up other potentials and beings of light.
Deep within you is an incorruptible particular state of awareness of a beauty
that can be achieved when you improve yours and reach out for others’ lives.
Deep in your heart carries an emblem of love and nurturing.
A nature of your mind, heart and soul passing through life’s struggles and renewal.
With Faith we pray for guidance, protection, forgiveness and gratitude.
With joy and glory, love and hope as the vault of heaven
and the all-seeing eyes watch our unfolding experience in our daily lives.
Live with integrity, watchfulness, kindness, compassion and patience.
Share that beautiful, meaningful, bright eyes of life!

Have an inspiring moments of your day!

© 2013 Angelica Hopes Bright Eyes of Life
Ana Angelica Abaya van Doorn
Landscapes of Inspirational ThoughtsPhotography by Camiel van Doorn
Video by Ana Angelica Abaya van Doorn
All Rights Reserved
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While walking around Castle of São Jorge & after catching the weight of chains that little Elisa (3 years & 10 months old tried to lift),  I asked Camiel to take this funny shot as deep in my thoughts whispered:
“Do you pull the chains from the past or have you unchained yourself from its weight?”
Castle San Jorge

Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today.
Não deixes para amanhã o que podes fazer hoje. – Portuguese proverb
Looking outside the arch of Moorish window, you can’t help but be curious and wonder how it was like during the medieval times and what was its significant role in the Portuguese history.
at Castle Sao Jorge
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3 thoughts on “Magnificent Peacock at Castle of São Jorge

  1. Saint George Castle – Castle of São Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal

    On the highest hill overlooking the Tagus Estuary is the Castle of São Jorge. It is the oldest historical monument in Lisbon. It has the commanding magnificent views over the city of Lisbon.

    The castle was built by the Moors in the 10th – 11th century before Portugal had been founded as a nation. Alfonso Henriques conquered it from the Moorish occupants in 1147 and the castle became the royal residence from that year until 1511 when Manuel I transferred his residence to Praca do Comercio.

    St. George (São Jorge) Castle conserves the robust ancient walls, several fortified buildings, the Moorish palace, the sentry walk and eleven towers, one of which is known as the Tower of Ulysses, and now the main tower has been converted into a viewpoint.

    Inside the castle walls is the English garden and the statue erecged in honour of Alfonso Henriques, the first monarch of Portugal. The door known as the Porta de Martim Monix commemorates a mortally wounded nobleman on the very same portal, Martim Moniz.

    At the foot of the castle is the Mouraria district, an area which after the Christian conquest, the remaining Moors lived.

    The first fortification of the castle was presumably erected in 48 BC when Lisbon was classified as Roman Municipality. It was used by indigenous Celtic tribes, then Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians as a defense outpost that was expropriated by Roman, Suebic, Visigothic and Moorish people. During the 10th Century the Muslim forces built the walls “Cerca Moura” or Morrish Encirclement.

    As Royal Palace, the castle was the setting for the reception for the navigator and national hero, Vasco da Gama, who had returned from discovering a maritime route to India: King Manuel I received him at the castle in 1498. The castle also served as a theater in 1502, when pioneering playwright Gil Vicente, staged his Monólogo do Vaqueiro, to honor the birth of Manuel I’s son and heir, the future João III

    References: 1. de Haro, Carlos, Escudo de Oro – All Lisbon; 2. Silva, Joao, Rodrigues, Albertina, 2002, Castelo de Sao Jorge e restos das cercas de Lisboa

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