Monday, January 12, 2009

Broken stork

Gardens of Cascade at the Royal Country Estate of Caxias (18th century).
A fortune was spent to restore the site and yet the cascade is not working and everything seems to be broken and falling apart! I don't get this... (click on the photos to enlarge)
All statues on the ponds have been replaced by ugly bidimensional replicas in some white material. I think (and hope) they are still working on the originals so the statues will soon come back to where they belong.

28 comments:

brattcat said...

This is a beautiful series of photos. Thanks.

Craig Wilson said...

What beautiful old buildings! Would loved to have been there to take some images.

Olivier said...

elle est belle, on dirait un temple.

it is beautiful, it looks like a temple.

Hilda said...

It doesn't look like the water's running yet in some of those fountains, but JM, the gardens are gorgeous! And so is the old stone building.

Sharon said...

Such a beautiful place. I hope you are right and they are continuing the restoration work.

Peter said...

Most renovation works that I see are done fairly well I feel, but you should find out about this one! I can perfectly understand if originals have to be preserved to avoid that they are being destroyed by the time, but if replicas are needed, they should be done correctly, I agree!

This place is just so beautiful!

Tanya said...

Wow, these are gorgeous! The texture is wonderful. I also think the statues are a bit cheesy and hope they bring the originals back. They do look temporary so possibly that's the plan?

Destitute Rebel said...

Wow, you live in a beautiful place, love the great photos.

Virginia said...

The first word I thought of was "crusty"! Sad that this place isn't up to par yet. It is too beautiful to let it go. Keep us posted.
V

Marc said...

Still looks like a lovely place to visit. Hope it will be restored to its old glory.

willow said...

Interesting texture of the main building with the stork. What is the material? Very crumbly and magical looking.

Lois said...

Your pictures are still beautiful even though the restoration has been disappointing.

Ms. Hays said...

I'd love to see this place in person! You've taken some nice shots here!!!

Marie-Noyale said...

The gardens are already beautiful if the cascades were working it would be a little paradise!!!
What's the material or stone of that tower in the first picture looks like lava or sea rocks...

Jarart said...

I hope the restoration is ongoing. The place is exquisite.

JM said...

Marie-Noyale and Willow,
I think it is limestone sea rock as it seemed to be very fashionable on the post-baroque 18th century gardens architecture. It was also used in the construction of other cascade at Oeiras Palace. You can check it here: http://oeirasdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/09/poets-cascade.html

Julie said...

The limestone searock has a wonderful texture, JM. And, I agree, the gardens have been trimmed and look terrific. It is strange if the government has spent so much money in upkeep, to suddenly let it slip. It would be different if they had always been crumbling. But to start and not to continue ... sad.

Walker said...

Great pictures, thanks.

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

Too bad about the statues but such an interesting garden. Lovely pics.

Jackie said...

It does look like an amazing garden - hopefully the original statues will be restored and returned soon.

JT said...

Amazing detail and beautiful shots. It deserves better than the slipshod "bidimensional replicas"

Ken Mac said...

simply stunning. What luxury for past lives.

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" has been so busy with his new espresso shop, he's had little time to visit - but he appreciates your visit to San Francisco Bay Daily Photo.

Joan Elizabeth said...

An amazing place. I would love to visit it. If I ever get back to Europe your part of the world will be on my list.

april said...

What a strange building. It looks like covered with thousands of dark shells.

mkhansen said...

This is, as they say, "just the sort of thing I like." Captivating garden, with its combination of rough and polished elements; high and low elevations. It needs the water (and the statues) to make it complete.

Your photos are so evocative, JM. In these you certainly capture the sensibility that must have existed when these gardens were first built. I look forward to more when (if?) the restoration work is complete.

Lynette said...

Nice series of photos. I also hope that they are still at work on the statues.

Tash said...

The gardens are beutiful. The 1st building looks like a temple in India. I hope the real statues are back soon.