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photoblog image Porto-São Bento station

Porto-São Bento station

 

The São Bento station has 20,000 tiles, produced by the artist Jorge Colaco over a period of 11 years (the station opened in 1916) - this is one scene, which many Portuguese believe to be an historical event but which, in fact, records a story invented by a 13th century troubador, a descendent of Egas Moniz, a Portuguese crusader knight who is shown here, bearing a rope, presenting himself and his family to King Alfonso VII of Léon and Castile - offering up the lives of himself and his family, as penance for breaking his word that what was then the county of Portucale and part of Spain, would remain under the control of Spain - a promise broken by the man who had sent him originally, Afonso Henriques, who subsequently achieved independence for Portugal.  The story says that Alfonso was so moved that he forgave Egas Moniz and sent him back.

 

 

 

Porto-São Bento station

 

The São Bento station has 20,000 tiles, produced by the artist Jorge Colaco over a period of 11 years (the station opened in 1916) - this is one scene, which many Portuguese believe to be an historical event but which, in fact, records a story invented by a 13th century troubador, a descendent of Egas Moniz, a Portuguese crusader knight who is shown here, bearing a rope, presenting himself and his family to King Alfonso VII of Léon and Castile - offering up the lives of himself and his family, as penance for breaking his word that what was then the county of Portucale and part of Spain, would remain under the control of Spain - a promise broken by the man who had sent him originally, Afonso Henriques, who subsequently achieved independence for Portugal.  The story says that Alfonso was so moved that he forgave Egas Moniz and sent him back.

 

 

 

comments (8)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 20 Aug 2016, 05:25
Très jolie scène.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine.
What a terrific scene Tom!
Tom Wilson: I think the next one is even more impressive smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Aug 2016, 07:28
There's a lot to be said for invented history Tom, you can make anything happen. Actually this is a fine looking thing
Tom Wilson: Next up is even finer, I think smile
It is a splendid piece of tileage Tom
Tom Wilson: The artist knew what he was about, Bill smile
I love way the Delft blue is used so beautifully
Tom Wilson: The tonal variation is very effective, isn't it?
Once again beautiful handiwork.
Tom Wilson: Fine work.
i adore the blue of the mosaic and the wonderful art of Jorge Colaco...
i have a blue painting of the walled city of Dubrovnik Tom...
it is one of my favorite pieces....petersmile
Tom Wilson: I hope to get to Dubrovnik one of these days, so far, I've been to Pula and Zadar, but I've yet to get to Dubrovnik.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Aug 2016, 07:11
Quite beautiful!

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