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Alcobaça monastry - cloisters


Top right - cloisters of the monastry. The top level was added later. The white tower thing on the left is just outside the refectory and houses the baptismal font. The picture top left is of the baptismal font from inside the cloisters.


Bottom right is the interior of the top floor cloisters, showing off the Cisterian austerity.


Bottom left is a azulejos (tiled) scene of the first Portuguese king, Afons Henriques, vowing the monastry to be built if his side was to win the battle of Santarém in 1147 AD.



comments (14)

Makes me want to see more!
Louis: Such a lot to show - not enough days in a year. But there will be more.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Dec 2017, 02:47
Montage is a fine format for showing these things, Louis, and you have done it well.

{Philine does this a lot, and I find it effective.]
Louis: It is effective for showing a lot of attributes at once, but some pics included are actually worth showing on their own - not for touristic value, but just because they are good pictures. This time around I was in a bit of a hurry and used a website that does the bigger part of the job via templates - but I can see that there was a loss of quality - mostly sharpness.
A beautiful collection of images! I especially like the shadows in the bottom right.
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth - that one is my favourite as well.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Dec 2017, 04:58
I think you were short of eyes walking around is this fabulous building. The things to see....
Wonderful collage.
Louis: Thank you Astrid - there is a lot to see.
Astrid and I both are such huge fans of the monasteries/abbeys of Europe, Louis. I especially have a weakness for the cloisters.
Louis: I like the places, but have to restrict myself, since there is so much more to see and experience when visiting a country.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Dec 2017, 06:31
a wonderful montage - each photo is worth to be shown on its own.
Louis: Ik ben het met je eens dat ze de moeite waard is voor individuele aandacht. Maar ja, anders ben ik met volgende kerst noch bezig met Portugal.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Dec 2017, 06:34
Very nice too Louis. I bet the place has a nice feel to it
Louis: Thank you Chris. Big and roomy.
I love the bottom right pic which deserves to be a solo. A fine montage though
Louis: I agree with you, Bill. Thank you.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Dec 2017, 08:35
I am trying to imagine the Cloisters peopled by all those many monks, Louis
Louis: Difficult to imagine, mainly because the place is so big and roomy. I think that even 999 monks wouldn't fall over each other. Personally I would have liked to listen to their evening songs, if they were still there.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Dec 2017, 08:50
I particularly like the bottom right picture with the shadows Louis.
Louis: My favourite as well.
Another fine looking building.
Louis: Seeing a place like this, I think about how buildings of the 1950's are torn down in many countries - unfit or unsightly. This building still stands and need painting and filling attention at times.
I like the dark photos with the sunlit cloisters.
Louis: Cool, while the sun is baking outside. Thanks Mary.
cloisters are an intricate part of a monastery Louis... good collage... the bottom right is my favorite image....petersmile
Louis: Thank you, peter. Well it seems every one, including myself, likes that bottom right.
A nice collection, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Tom.

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