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Basilica da Estrela


Oops, had some busy days, so I skipped my usual Wednesday post.


In the neighbourhood of Estrela in Lisbon, one finds this church, opposite the Jardim da Estrela (jardim = park). Lisbon has many churches and this is one of the two I visited.


This neoclassical beauty was built by order of Dona Maria I, in gratitude for a male heir. She is also entombed inside the basilica. Wait until I show you the interior of the place - she was very grateful. Heck, I don't think many people appreciate how rich Portuguese royalty was, before they fell in love with Brazil in the 19th century. In general, the country was also prosperous.


Now, that is what one call BOLLARDS, eh?



comments (14)

Quite a collection of statues...
Louis: They are some saints of importance in the Portuguese RC.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 24 Aug 2017, 04:21
It is a fine beauty of a building, Louis, and...yes...those bollards are impressive!
Louis: Designed by some school of architecture in those days, Ray. The longed for male heir died (aged 27) two years before completion of the basilica.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Aug 2017, 04:59
This is a very impressive looking church. Maybe she ordered too much stone and thought those bollards were the right solution to the problem....
Louis: Heh, heh - that could be the reason, Astrid.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 24 Aug 2017, 05:59
Magnifique église, j'aime les deux clochers.
Louis: Merci bien, Martine.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 24 Aug 2017, 06:45
A fine and wonderful building Louis
Louis: In a city full of various types of religious buildings, this one drew my attention.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 24 Aug 2017, 08:39
I note that it is a semi-detached Louis.
Louis: The yellowish part is where the 'workers' have their offices and quarters, as I remember.
Some of the most stylish bollards ever Louis
Louis: Not easily dented by an errant car, or stolen and carried away by some late night miscreant.
A beautiful church frontage like that deserves to have artistic bollards outside.
Louis: Absolutely, I agree, Brian.
The towers are very ornate.
Louis: Wait until you see the Manueline style of some other buildings, when I get to them, Mary - that is ornate in overdrive smile
that is certainly an impressive amount of gratitude, Louis. and yes those are the objects that can come handy to stop the criminally insane from driving any manner of four wheeler and plow down innocent pedestrians.
Louis: The longed for male heir died (aged 27) two years before completion of the basilica. Building the basilica took a long time, from order to completion. Interesting thought about the barrier value of the bollards. I read somewhere that some cities don't see their way open to install effective barriers at the entrances to pedestrian streets - crazy politicians.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Aug 2017, 13:29
Oh, I thought of a Baroque church which looks rather pompous, built to the glory of God.
Louis: Late baroque, they say. God granted her a male heir and she was very thankful. The longed for male heir died (aged 27) two years before completion of the basilica.
i am looking forward to seeing the inside Louis....petersmile
Louis: You probably did, by now, peter smile
As you say, Louis - a fine building. Pity about all the overhead cables, but getting those out would take time!
Louis: Thank you Tom. Yes, it is a pity and at places, it will be impossible to remove the tram cables without a trace. Earlier this week, I read an article by some professional photographer that says we worry too much about the clutter in pictures. Personally, I believe it depends on the picture, whether lines could be considered to be in the way. This one would have been better without them, in my opinion.
It certainly has some style! Nice Louis!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth, I agree.

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