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.
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