Wallpaper Monday

Alcobaca dormitory

Today’s wallpaper is one of mine, from our visit to the Alcobaça Monastery. What a place! I should have brought a tripod for more f-stop options, but still, it’s hard to take a bad shot in the glorious rooms of Mosteiro de Alcobaça.

This is the Dormitory, where the monks slept. In keeping with the austere ideals of the Cisterian order, they did not have their own cells, but slept en masse. As it stands now, empty of any furniture (or people, for several minutes while I was there), it’s an imposing and massive space.

The stairs lead down to the Cloister of Silence and the Monk’s Hall, the latter located beneath the Dormitory. (The Monk’s Hall housed the apprentices.) The arch in the far wall looks onto the transept of the church, which holds the tombs of Dom Pedro I and his great love, Inês de Castro. And on the left, the windows look out onto another cloister (of the Cardinal).

More to come on this monastery, and that of Batalha, during the next week.

(Click the image to grandify, but be aware that it’s a 2MB file.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to Wallpaper Monday

  1. This is gorgeous. Nice shot i adore old buildings but particularly churches and church related buildings.

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

  2. Ana_ñ says:

    SUPERB!
    I’m looking forward to those promised posts.

  3. Cathy White says:

    My first thought, now that autumn is here, is how the heck did they heat it? Lol . Excellent picture

    • oregon expat says:

      Heat? They don’t need no stinkin’ heat!

      Actually, the only heat source I saw was in the kitchen, where the GIANT fireplaces could roast entire oxen. But visitors aren’t allowed in much of the monastery, so perhaps the smaller, closed rooms had fireplaces.

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