Right - my first picture of the interior of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a collage, showing the cloisters and some detail in and around it. It is going to take forever to run these pictures and all the others I have, one by one. The added advantage, is that the viewer may end up with a better idea of the whole.
Clockwise, from top left:
1. The cloisters are built around a square. One has to bide your time, to catch a moment with less tourists. Again the Manueline architecture is evident.
2. Portuguese caravel relief - they were the ships that sailed in the wealth.
3. Portuguese cross. See the passage in the photo, bottom right. The ceiling knots are mostly Portuguese crosses like this one.
4. A gargoyle from above. They are actually gutter spouts. There was this young US citizen behind me in the queue to gain entry. One could see many of the decorations from the outside. Young man (18 or so?) went on about the value systems of those involved in buiding the church - having gargoyles to ward off the evil and not trusting in God. So, after listening to this head talking (I almost participated, but thought better of it) one of his companions asked him how does he know this and what is his source. The young man started spluttering, upon which his friend in a friendly way asked him to shutup, as they were not prepared to listen all day to him gargling nonsense. I lifted my imaginary hat to this friend. What a play of words! For those who don't know, the word gargoyle stems from French/Latin and the rootword 'gar' that refers to throat actions, e.g. to swallow. If one would apply a proper translation to gargoyle, you will probably end up with something like 'waterspout' or 'protruding gutter'. The word 'gargle' is also derived from the same root as 'gargoyle'. By the way - gargoyles warding off evil? It is probably an urban legend - those who chose the design is buried long ago. Maybe the legend is true, maybe not. I did love the guy's choice of words.
5. Cloister passage ways.
6. A decoration which I liked.