Author: José Custódio Vieira da Silva
Publisher: Scala Books
Release Date: 2007
The Monastery of Batalha was founded to commemorate victory at the Battle of Aljubarrota, fought close to the present site in 1385. It quickly became one of the most important monastic establishments in Portugal, housing the pantheon of the newly established royal house of Aviz. Built in European Late Gothic style, and strongly influenced by contemporary Mediterranean architecture, it contains fine examples of the flamboyant decorations of the period and the elegant, slender lines - clear to see in the Afonso V Cloister - that preceded the formal austerity of the mid-fifteenth century and the new forms of the Renaissance. These are not much in evidence here, since, after King Manuel's death, his successors lost interest in the building. There is no finer example of the imaginative exuberance of the architects and sculptors who worked on the Monastery of Batalha than the famous Unfinished Chapels. Here, the complicated stone lacework has captured the curiosity and romantic imaginings of many generations. Visitors have always been equally fascinated by the fact that, because they were never completed, the chapels remain open to the sky.
When, in the middle of the twelfth century, the Cistercian Order was grained a vast area of land extending to the limits of what was then Portuguese territory, the White Monks set about building a monastery. According to Cistercian rule, it was modelled on the order's French mother-house. It marked the introduction to Portugal of the Gothic architecture that was soon to spread across the country.
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Author: Luisa Maria da Silva Gonçalves
Publisher: CRC Press
Release Date: 2017-10-02
Genre: Technology & Engineering
New technologies play an increasingly important role in the analysis, monitoring, restoration, and preservation of historic structures. These technological systems continue to get more advanced and complex, for example: 3D digital construction and documentation programming, 3D imaging data (including laser scanning and photogrammetry), multispectral and thermographic imaging, geophysical data, etc. This book will present the latest nondestructive technologies used in the characterization, preservation, and structural health monitoring of historic buildings. It will include numerous case studies, as well as theoretical explanations about each of the methods and technologies used in each.
This survey presents a fresh chronicle of a largely overlooked subject as well as hundreds of images, many of them newly photographed, of more than 150 of the most interesting and best preserved monasteries in Spain, Portugal, France, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Italy - all of which are accessible to visitors. Over the centuries a number of buildings, including churches, in these monastic complexes have been masterworks of architecture. Among the notable places shown here are Mont-Saint-Michel, a wondrous Benedictine sanctuary off the coast of Brittany, Alcobaca, a treasured Cistercian monastery in Portugal from the early Gothic period, and the fabled pilgrimage site in Assisi founded by St. Francis. The author relates the rich cultural heritage of each monastery featured and provides a detailed architectural portrait. He also contributes an introduction to monasticism and a concise history of the various orders dating from the early Christian era to the present. In addition, the volume includes plans of the sites, a glossary, and a bibliography. Architects, historians, and art lovers will be captivated by the collection of photographs in this volume and will find the text an invaluable account of the artistic glory of European monasteries.
Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Rick Steves
Release Date: 2017-05-30
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Portugal. With this guide, you'll explore this relaxed country at the western edge of Europe. Tour Lisbon's cobbled lanes and grand squares, reminders of Portugal's seafaring glory days. Step back into history at the palaces in Sintra and the bone chapel of Évora. Soak up the sun at the Algarve beach of your dreams. When evening comes, enjoy a dinner of fresh seafood stew, and raise a glass of port wine in a toast. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
The eleventh edition of this highly respected guidebook that has earnt a reputation for its balance of practical detail and informative cultural background. The full-colour opening chapter gives the reader a feel for the different regions, sights and activities before travelling and the clear and accurate maps and plans throughout the guide help the reader on arrival. There is also detailed listings reviews to suit every taste and budget and enlightening accounts of attractions and sights both on and off the beaten track. Finally, in the contexts section there are authorative accounts of Spain's history, music, art and architecture.
Author: Museum With No Frontiers
Publisher: Museum With No Frontiers
Release Date: 2002
This text reveals the splendours of an era that skillfully brought Portugal into the Modern Age. Alongside the formidable adventures of the Great Maritime Discoveries, King Manuel I (1469-1521) included the related fields of both Church and State in artistic activities that were without precedent. What resulted was a style which was not only historically unique, but which was emblematic of its country of origin and of the monarch after which it was named.