Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal, 1988

AUGUST 1988 – The busy Rossio Square in Lisbon, Portugal, with the Coluna de D. Pedro IV (Column of Pedro IV). Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here’s a photo from one of my best trips ever. I had completed my civil service in Germany (as a First Responder) and had a bit of money and a lot of time. This was true for my girlfriend as well, and so we decided to drive from Kiel in Northern Germany to Portugal – a distance of 3,100 km (1,900 mi). Back then, it was mostly unspolit by tourism, and it was exciting to spend six to eight weeks in this beautiful country.

We headed for the Algarve first and spend a long time exploring the aera. On our way back to Germany we did a stop-over in Lisbon for a couple of days. It was fantastic!

This photo shows the busy Rossio Square in the center of Lisbon. The statue is the Coluna de D. Pedro IV (Column of Pedro IV). Wikipedia knows more. Since 1988, Rossio Square has changed a bit and presents itself still busy but much more tidy today.

I took this photo with my old Canon AE-1 Program on negative film, but I scanned a 13×18 cm print I found in an old shoe box.

The high resolution image

Capture DateAugust 1988
LocationLisbon, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 28mm f/2.8
Image Source13 x 18 cm Print from Original Negative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions8311 x 5541 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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