Photographer's Note

Can you FEEL the mood of this amazing place??!!

Wow... i can tell you: this house is really something!! I have founded it by mistake past month (december) and toke a few shots at daylight...then, past week had the oportunity to pass nearby by night and on the full moon day (or close...dont know exactly when it was but looks full to me :))))

After arriving home (steel shaking my legs and and with my heart beating fast :)))) i did my homework and went to discover this place history since this is a outsanding abandoned building, the most spooky i saw in my life...because of its arquitecture, because of the way the elements play together (the cross, the shadows, the silhouettes, the trees, the bushes, the broken wall...)...because of the strange noises you start to "imagine" a few minutes after you arrived the place...well, because everything!!!

I found that this house belonged to Aristides Sousa Mendes, a portuguese (or world if you like...) HERO, since he was a portuguese consul in Bordeus (France) at the 2nd World War time...well he became a hero since while he was working on this consulate, he signed thousands of passports for the Jews to escape from Hitlers carnage...

Then he obviously had to face Salazar forces in Portugal, since he was pursued and punished by the portuguese regime and ended his life in misery and pain, only because he saved thousand of jews of dying by Hitlers hands...

In this house he and his wife had received hundred of jews in escape...nowadays this is what rests from a fabulous building and history :(
As it hapened when he was alive, nowadays the portuguese governments still havent done any diserved tribute to this mans work in favor of human basic rights :(

but in the place here, we can see a posted sign that says "Future Instalations of the Aristides Sousa Mendes Foundation" :))) Which can be a sign that finally this men will have his work rewarded...

But the main reward from this, i know what it is: the thousands of people that where able to keep their lives and human rights :))

Croped on the bottom to eliminate some trafic signs along the wall, sharpened a bit and runed on NeatImage (my first try on this software: thanks Jose Elias:)))

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Additional Photos by Marco Neves (Eagle78) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 23 N: 382] (1933)
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