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Marble madness


The main picture is of the Igreja de São João Batista (Church of St John the Baptist) in Vila Viçosa a marble town in the Alentejo province of Portugal. Marble town? The place is surrounded by marble quarries, with the result that a lot of marble is used in building projects in the town. Maybe the residents get it a good price. Even modern houses have marble highlights. The church in the main picture dates from somewhere in the early 1600's and the exterior walls (wasn't inside - too late on a Saturday afternoon) are built of or cladded with marble.


The second picture shows the extensive use of marble in the main town square. The walking pavements are done with marble chips. These features, as well as an enormous Ducal Palace, the church and a castle; makes the town well worth a visit. Oh yes, they are famous for their red wines as well.


If the picture is not visible just above, you may view it at http://louis.shutterchance.com/image/2018/06/09/dscn6007blogjpg/ 


Marble is recrystalised limestone, so if you would heat marble chips in an clay oven for 3 days, they turn into calcium oxide. This is then mixed with water to become a splendid whitewash, which is cheaper than paint. Many residents touch their houses up annually.



comments (12)

This makes a great photo in B&W, Louis! Interesting about the whitewash process.
(I didn't get the second picture...) :-(
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. That second picture is on Google+ and loaded as 'public'. Last year and before, the routine worked, but now - something is wrong. The picture is at http://louis.shutterchance.com/image/2018/06/09/dscn6007blogjpg/ if you would still want to take a look.
This has a Mexican look to it I think, Louis, unfortunately I haven't got the second picture either.
Louis: The Mexican look, yes. The other picture is at http://louis.shutterchance.com/image/2018/06/09/dscn6007blogjpg/ if you still want to take a look. Google+ is not working with linking anymore.
Jolie photo sépia.
Louis: Merci beaucoup, Martine.
How to get your education on SC: read the text! Gotta love it, Louis. Thanks.
Louis: That text. Most of the time, I write something that I have learnt myself and it is fun to share.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 9 Jul 2018, 07:11
Well I bet these places are cool inside during hot summers with all that marble used in construction
Louis: It was my experience, Chris.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 9 Jul 2018, 07:38
Even a little marble would cost the earth here, Louis
Louis: Same here, Lisl. Mostly just kitchen and bathroom cabinet tops, in domestic applications.
You can imagine the locals having something done in concrete just to be different grin.

I can't see the second picture either
Louis: Hah, that could be the case grin If you want to take a look at the other picture, I loaded it at http://louis.shutterchance.com/image/2018/06/09/dscn6007blogjpg/
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 Jul 2018, 08:19
Marble can look clean, light and bright, but your picture of the church looks dark and forbidding.
Louis: The church dates from the early 17th century and is in dire need of a clean-up.
These buildings must look terrific with their Marble coating.
Louis: Even the houses in the new areas have marble highlights, Brian.
My eyes are drawn to the cloud formation on the right, Louis. In deep contrast to the marble clad church.
Louis: The clouds were friendly to photography all day, thanks Beverly
Great clouds in the background, Louis!
Louis: The clouds were friendly to photography all day, thanks Tom
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 10 Jul 2018, 18:47
your processing makes the top shot riveting, Louis. i was able to view both pictures.

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