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More than 850 years separate these three great Lisbon monuments. You can see from left to right: Dona Maria II National Theatre, São Domingos Church and São Jorge Castle. The buildings in front are part of the eastern side of Dom Pedro IV Square (Rossio).

This photo was taken at the corner of Rossio Square just in front of the Rossio Railway Station.

Dona Maria II National Theatre was built in 1843-1846 by order of King D. Fernando II who named the theatre after his wife. This neoclassical building opened in 1846 during the celebrations of Queen Dona Maria II 27th birthday. The highest statue on top of the columns is Gil Vicente, the creator of Portuguese Theatre in the 16th century.

The São Domingos Church was built after the 1755 earthquake on the same site where the São Domingos Convent one day stood, the same place from where the Inquisition read their sentences. The church was almost totally destroyed by a fire in 1950. It is an impressive place where the smell of smoke seems to fill its grey and pink interior and still show signs of great destruction.

São Jorge Castle has its origins in the 6th century, when the place was fortified by the Romans, Visigoths, and eventually the Moors. It served as a Moorish royal residence until Portugal's first king Afonso Henriques captured it in 1147.

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***NOTE ADDED AFTER THE FIRST CRITIQUES***

My friends, you are all right. I did overlook my work and failed to correct the perspective of the main façade. The horizontal line of the roof looked pretty good and I thought the windows were OK for this particular POV. It is now obvious that I was wrong. Please check the corrected version I am posting in WS.
Finally, I could have reposted it but in doing that I would also eliminate your valuable critiques which I really do not want to happen. Many thanks for you understanding.

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