November 21, 2009

The castle and the lion

The abbreviated Spanish coat of arms above the main entrance of Fort Santiago, built in the late 16th century soon after the conquest of the islands. The major elements are the Pillars of Hercules, the Spanish royal crown, the lion rampant of the Kingdom of León and the tower of the Kingdom of Castile. Philip II was the king of Spain at the time, which is why the islands were called Las Islas Filipinas.

the Spanish coat of arms above the main entrance of Fort Santiago

27 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

It's really beautiful.They also like to represent important families with lions in their coat of arms.
Beautiful shot!
Léia

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gibbs cadiz said...

hilda! wow, beautiful, beautiful pics! and great blog! :)

Stine in Ontario said...

So elegant!

Even though I knew the Spanish conquered your islands, I had no idea the Philippines were named for Philip II. Duh! It seems so obvious now that I see it on your blog.

Thanks for the ahha moment. :)

Leif Hagen said...

Great detail! Good luck with your work during this busy 150th anniversary!

tapirgal said...

What a beautiful piece of architectural detail. It must be amazing to live someplace with such a long history (one that leaves artifacts).

Paula said...

You know, I had no idea that's where the name Philipines comes from. Seems so obvious now that you've told us. Thanks for the geography lesson and the great photo, Hilda.

Jacob said...

I like it! And thanks for the history! I never knew how the Philippines got their name.

permenmint said...

What a great achitecture place. Wonder what the rest of Fort Santiago look like.

George said...

Thanks not only for a great picture but for some interesting history.

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

This looks like a herritage building.

Cher said...

i am re-learning Phillipine history here, thank you for the infotext and the photo.

have a great weekend, Hilda! :)

Dina said...

That lion rampant sure has a big tongue!
Thanks for the history. Duh, I never thought about where the country's name came from.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Very good photo the shield is so clear and the detail! Lions seem to be very popular with many countries.
Melbourne Daily Photo

Pam said...

Your camera takes extraordinary photos, Hilda. It is so perfectly clear, I can see every detail. Well done.

Ebie said...

Our country has a great history and works of art, influenced by their conquest.
Very detailed shot of the coat of arms!

marley said...

Nice coat of arms. Great details.

Don and Krise said...

What a beautiful coat. Such detail.

Vogon Poet said...

Great! I really like all the stuff related to coat of arms. I didn't know that the columns represented the Pillars of Hercules.

JM said...

Wonderful detail and very interesting information.

AB said...

An interesting of the Philippines colonial past. I wonder why the lions have such snake-like tongues

White Oleander said...

It seems like most European countries have lions on their coast or arms.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I guess there were two. The king and queen. Two castles and two lions rampart. Nice photo.

The people are out in the photo, but most people cannot see them. The time when they were out was sad and they were killed. Thought you should know.

James said...

I like it. I would have thought this was taken in Europe. So old and historical.

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful capture. It looks tack sharp.

glasgowdailyphoto said...

What a lovely photo. As you've probably noticed on Glasgow DP, our coat of arms is all over the place!

Jackie

jam said...

Manila is such a beautiful city! Wish to travel there in the near future! And thanks for the wonderful photos on Manila too! Shall we exchange link?

http://lifeislikethat.net

the donG said...

the beautiful emblem in fort santiago but im not sure if it's still the original.