15yearold:

*dramatically falls down on my bed after a long day of sitting on the couch*

(Source: 16yrold)


littlelimpstiff14u2:

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on July 25, 2014
Kiev-based photographer Oleg Oprisco’s works modify small details in their real-world settings to convey the essence of fantasy. It is as if his photos give off the fresh, dewy aroma of a wild escape to a desolate countryside that seems to belong to no specific time or place. In one piece, a girl holds up a rolled-up piece of a grassy lawn. Though anyone could do this in real life, in the photograph she seems to wield a sort of power over the land with her powerful, summoning gaze. In another, a model holds a stained umbrella that briefly gives the impression of a multi-colored rain shower before Oprisco’s process of dousing the set in paint gives itself away. These small details invite viewers to indulge Oprisco’s innocent, storybook-like fantasies.

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Portuguese history meme — seven places/buildings [3/7]

Park and National Palace of Pena

Located in the Sintra hills, the Park and Palace of Pena are the fruit of King consort Ferdinand II’s creative genius and the greatest expression of 19th-century romanticism in Portugal, denoting clear influences from the Manueline and Moorish styles of architecture. In 2013, it was the most visited monument in Portugal.

In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which had been built by King Manuel I in 1511 on the top of the hill above Sintra and had been left unoccupied since 1834 (suppression of the religious orders). The monastery consisted of the cloister and its outbuildings, the chapel, the sacristy and the bell tower, which today form the northern section of the Palace (the Old Palace).

King Ferdinand began by making repairs to the former monastery, which was in very bad condition. In roughly 1843, the king decided to enlarge the palace by building a new wing (the New Palace). The building work was directed by the Baron of Eschwege. The 1994 repair works restored the original colours of the Palace’s exterior: pink for the former monastery and ochre for the New Palace.

In transforming a former monastery into a castle-like residence, King Ferdinand showed that he was heavily influenced by German romanticism, and that he probably found his inspiration in the Stolzenfels and Rheinstein castles on the banks of the Rhine, as well as Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam. These building works ended in the mid-1860s, although further work was undertaken at later dates for the decoration of the interiors.

King Ferdinand also ordered the Park of Pena to be planted in the Palace’s surrounding areas in the style of the romantic gardens of that time, with winding paths, pavilions and stone benches placed at different points along its routes, as well as trees and other plants originating from the four corners of the earth. In this way, the king took advantage of the mild and damp climate of the Sintra hills to create an entirely new and exotic park with over five hundred different species of trees.

The Palace of Pena was designated a National Monument in 1910 and forms part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995. In 2013, the Palace was integrated into the Network of European Royal Residences. [x] [x]

photos: x/ x/ x/ x/ x/ x/; the last one is mine.