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Basilica Estrela - interior 2


On the left is the part of the basilica where Dona Maria I is buried in the tomb with the black box. The sacristy entrance is behind the tomb.


In the sacristy one finds this magnificent nativity scene commissioned by the Dona in 1781 and took Joachim Machado de Castro five years to build, with the help of his followers/assistants. The scene itself is an elaborate set-up on a wooden frame, covered in virgin cork with 480 terra cotta figures in the scene. The scenes of the Baby in the manger, the angels, the shepherds, the 3 wise men and the soldiers coming to slaughter all infant boys in Bethlehem; are all included. The scene is completed with a lot of people engaged in everyday life activities, mixed into the array.


To provide an idea of size: the top end of the third row of window panes, from the bottom, is about the height of the eyes of mr Average Man.


On Wednesday I will show some detail of the nativity scene.


comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 28 Aug 2017, 00:46
Mind-boggling interior!
Louis: I too thought it is rather special, Ray.
Amazing isn't it! Very nice photo's to show it off, Louis!
Louis: Thank you kindly, Elizabeth.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Aug 2017, 06:19
Heel indrukwekkend!
Louis: Ik ben het met je eens, dankjewel Philine.
It has the kind of extravagance I'd expect for a basilica, Louis. But that nativity scene...I've never seen anything like it elsewhere!
Louis: Thank you Ginnie - it is rather special, I agree.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 28 Aug 2017, 06:31
C'est de toute beauté !
Louis: Oui, je suis d'accord, Martine.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 28 Aug 2017, 06:56
This is ornate and fascinating stuff Louis
Louis: Probably what a basilica should be, Chris.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Aug 2017, 07:10
This is highly fascinating. Never saw such decorum. Looking forward to your next picture.
Louis: Thanks a lot, Astrid.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 28 Aug 2017, 08:24
That nativity scene is quite incredible, Louis
Louis: Extraordinary indeed, Lisl. Apparently, it was also used as teaching aid for novice nuns.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 28 Aug 2017, 09:12
Quite a feast for the eyes Louis. Thank you for showing this, I might never see it had you not.
Louis: Thank you gutteridge. Yes, viewing pictures does add content to the old memory vaults.
Superb shots, Louis!
Louis: Thank you, Tom.
Dona Maria's tomb in the sacristy is in a very is a great honour Louis... this is the first time that i have seen this Louis...

the nativity scene must be something that would take hours to see all that is in it....petersmile
Louis: I agree that the basilica is not your everyday church, peter.
This ia a beautiful and fascinating buulding, thanks for these lovely images Louis.
Louis: My pleasure, Brian. I thought you may enjoy them.
What glorious details...
Louis: Indeed yes, Larry.
Not exactly lowly stable
Louis: I believe that shod horses will slip on the marble floors, Bill smile
lovely couple of shots, Louis. i am fascinated by the right one.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. You will see some detail on Wednesday.

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