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After showing an abstract vision of this building, now I show you its interior.

I think this is my first indoor panorama and my first vertical panorama. It is a stitch of 3 hand held shots stitched together with Hugin. As usual, I didn't plan for having enough horizontal space, but the truth is that I had so little faith that something could came out that I didn't take much care when shooting.

This is the furnace room of a former electricity power plant that operated from 1909 to 1975, having been the main supplier of electricity to Lisboa in the first half of the 20th century. The energy came from burning coal in this room (the paraphernalia on the right are furnaces). The proximity of the river, which is just 50 mt (180 ft) away provided the water, that was used not only for producing steam, but also to refrigerate the various mechanical and electrical machinery.

In 1991 it was converted into Museu da Electricidade (Electricity Museum), which displays the history and daily life of the plant, the history of Electricity in Portugal, the use and the research on Electricity throughout time and it has also some interactive scientific experiments aimed at children of every age. Its ample spaces are often used for many exhibitions and other cultural events of various kind, the last of big one having been one of Maria Callas. Another one, one of the most successful and the most impressive I visited there, was one of the Star Wars film saga, co-produced by Lucas Film and featuring a vast array of objects used in the films shootings; the "antique industrial" atmosphere of the place could hardly be more appropriate to the theme of such exhibition.

Location (latitude, longitude): 38.69589,-9.1955

Update 16-Nov-2008:
I posted a WS showing the furnaces seen on the right here from a frontal upwards PoV.

Links to my other posts of this place: 1, 3.

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Additional Photos by Jose Pires (stego) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
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