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Cloisters - Mosteiro dos Jerónimos


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.



comments (12)

C'est un endroit magnifique.
Louis: Il est certainement en valeur une visite, lorsque vous êtes à Lisbonne. Merci, Martine.
Terrific montage - what a beautiful place. Thank you for the explanation of each image. I had no idea where the word gargoyle came from - and why they're often used for water spouts
Louis: Thank you, Elizabeth. I was unsure how this style of montage would go down. At least somebody likes it smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Oct 2017, 03:17
I love the veranda, Louis. If I was to modify my house it might be to graft a veranda on it.

I enjoyed your anecdote about the roof gargle, and recall having a debate with a Pommie bloke about this some years ago.
Louis: In our Karoo area, which is dry and hot, most farm houses are built with a covered stoep or veranda right around the building. That was in the days before aircons and other types of home coolers. With the veranda, the sun never could shine into the house and the temp is always cooler than the outside. The downside of this practice was that houses were also darker than outside and in winter it was a regular fridge. Visiting family on those farms, we always gathered on the shade side veranda - like being under a tree.
I am such a huge fan of cloisters, Louis, so this is a treat for me.
Louis: Yep and there are some more treats in store for you, as we travel through Portugal.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 9 Oct 2017, 06:38
Well you've taught me a thing or two here Louis. It all looks charming and very visit-able I must say
Louis: This is the one not to miss out, if you were to visit Lisbon, Chris.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Oct 2017, 06:59
A wonderful montage - a famous cloister as I heard!
Louis: Bedankt, Philine. Ja, een bijzonderse gebouw en de moeite waard voor een bezoek.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 Oct 2017, 07:11
Superb place Louis, and I do like the angle from which you took the top left picture. I enjoyed reading your 6 pieces.
Louis: Thank you, gutteridge. It is a pity that some of the pics can't be shown on their own - but if I do that, I may still be posting Portugal two years from now.
I didn't know that. This is a beautiful building
Louis: Thank you Bill. I agree.
This is right up my street, as they say over here, I often produce collages when I present churches so the series doesn't go on too long. I especially like the quadrangle top left and the cloister is beautiful as is the decoration bottom left.
Louis: We use the same expression and its cousin (it is right up my alley)smile I have 1800 pictures of Portugal, so I have to hurry up and also leave a lot out.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Oct 2017, 18:00
These are a wonderful series of pictures and I really like the #4 write up... gorgelen.... je weet wel, als je verkouden bent dan ga je gorgelen met één of ander drankje in de hoop dat het over gaat...
I love the top left picture. You had some great weather.
Louis: Op zijn Afrikaans zeggen wij "gorrel" voor gorgelen. The weather was great most of the time. Warm, not too much rain and some days clouds for shade.
  • Anne
  • France
  • 10 Oct 2017, 10:04
I enjoyed the visit. Nice shots!
Louis: Thank you very much, Anne
Lots to see and appreciate here, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Mary, I believe a real student of old buildings may get lost in time.

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