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Batalha - Manueline door

 

A close-up of the door of the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  As one may see, the Manueline style was highly decorative, and influenced by the discovery of new plants and fruit in the course of the early expeditions to Africa, India and South America.  The "Master Boytac", referred to yesterday, was a master stonemason who had previously worked on the Jeronimos monastery in Lisbon and who came to Batalha to work on the Unfinished Chapels - perhaps one reason for them being unfinished is that he died before they were completed.  As he was engaged to work on the monastery, this was presumably done in his 'spare time' :-)

 

En route to Sweden today.

 

 

Batalha - Manueline door

 

A close-up of the door of the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  As one may see, the Manueline style was highly decorative, and influenced by the discovery of new plants and fruit in the course of the early expeditions to Africa, India and South America.  The "Master Boytac", referred to yesterday, was a master stonemason who had previously worked on the Jeronimos monastery in Lisbon and who came to Batalha to work on the Unfinished Chapels - perhaps one reason for them being unfinished is that he died before they were completed.  As he was engaged to work on the monastery, this was presumably done in his 'spare time' :-)

 

En route to Sweden today.

 

 

comments (10)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Oct 2016, 01:04
It is an impressive portal, Tom, as one might expect when passing through to another World.
Tom Wilson: That symbolism probably occurred to the stone-mason!
En couleur, elle est encore plus belle.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine
A door by any other name! Amazing craftsmanship, Tom.

Travel mercies today.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ginnie - no problems in travel yesterday - smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 Oct 2016, 07:15
Almost like old icing on a cake, Tom
Tom Wilson: It is, isn't it!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Oct 2016, 07:27
Wow - now this really is a door Tom!
Tom Wilson: Yes, to have something like this on a small parochial church is quite astonishing!
The sumptuously carved stone around this door seems organic Tom, a bit like Guadi's work. It seems to be growing and slowly covering this entrance.
Tom Wilson: Yes, the Manueline style does have that organic character - and, as Gaudi was a devout Catholic, I guess he had probably seen Batalha.
Doing a foreigner for cash in his spare time....there is nothing new
Tom Wilson: Nothing in the world, Bill
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Oct 2016, 10:15
Doing work like this in your spare time. Just imagine, what the work will look like, that he gave his full attention.
Tom Wilson: He, he - then it would have covered the entire facade!
You are lucky to see them and thanks for sharing.
Tom Wilson: Happy to do so, Mary.
What a magnificent doorway.
Tom Wilson: Truly stunning - I love the red door, too.

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