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Manueline medley at Tomar


This is the church part of the Convent of Christ at hilltop stronghold complex in Tomar.


The picture on the left: The charola or rotunda (a round church) built in the 12 th century, just shows with its battlements on the right of this picture. The ornate part on the left now forms the nave and houses the Convent Chapter. This part was added early in the 15th century and is another shining example of the Manueline style, named after King Manuel I, who commissioned the building of this addition. 


The picture on the right: Manueline extravagence decorates the Chapter window of the church. My abillity to make a good picture of this window was severely restricted by the trappings of a crew, busy shooting some film in and around this part of the building complex.



comments (17)

Superbe détails.
Louis: Merci, Martine
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 5 Feb 2018, 00:27
Extraordinary...I love it!
Louis: Decorations in the Manueline style is quite extraordinary. Thanks Ray.
Wonderful shots to illustrate the history!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. The place is steeped in history.
Nicely done, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Frank.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Feb 2018, 06:18
A wonderful montage - you cannot tire to see all these decorations at portals and windows.
Louis: Very special, indeed. Thank you Philine.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 5 Feb 2018, 06:36
This is marvellous Louis, the artistry of the carving is a delight to look at
Louis: Thank you, Chris. It was also a surprise to walk in the Renaissance style cloisters and then suddenly to see that window.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 5 Feb 2018, 06:57
Architecture extraordinaire, Louis
Louis: For sure, Lisl.
You clearly did well, Louis, under the circumstances. I can see why you'd want to visit such a church.
Louis: Thanks. You will understand even more, once we get inside.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 5 Feb 2018, 08:25
I quite like the colours on the stone from all those centuries Louis.
Louis: Very striking, yes. Thanks gutteridge.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Feb 2018, 11:10
I love the presentation and what a beautiful architecture and decorations. Wonderful details.
Louis: Thank you Astrid. The place is quite special.
A fine way of presenting this Louis. A few miles from where I grew up, and where Richard Trim grew up, is one of only four round churches in England, this one being in Cambridge, the famous university city. You can read about it here http://www.victorianweb.org/art/architecture/salvin/1.html
Louis: Thanks Brian. The round church at Tomar us very much like the one in the drawn plan - only the inside is very special - you will see when I post the pictures.
i am awed how much of the exterior is richly stacked with all the details and features, Louis.
Louis: A lot of time and money spent on it. Thanks Ayush.
I like how you have presented this Louis
Louis: Thank you Bill.
There is such controversy about removing moss from stone works. I would do it with the one on the right.
Louis: The stone work is intricate and deserve to be cleaned out once in a while.
Amazing workmanship!
Louis: Very true, Tom
it's a very well done collage Louis... thanks for the description....petersmile
Louis: Thank you, peter.
Most ornate and eye catching, the craftsmen of old had great skills
Louis: I agree. Stone cutting is probably not even a craft anymore.

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