Friday, January 1, 2010

January Theme Day: CHANGES

The Carmo Convent dates back to 1389. The building didn't collapse during the great earthquake in 1755 but the church was severely damaged and has never been restored. The place is now an Archaeological Museum displaying, among others, pieces found in the debris all over downtown Lisbon.
Below is a picture of how it looked like before the... changes.

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26 comments:

Tricia said...

Happy Happy New Year

Julie said...

A magnificent song to the changes that time makes, Jose.

Once again, my best wishes to you for twenty ten.

Hilda said...

Damaged it may be, but it still shows the church's old magnificence. The columns and arches are gorgeous.

Wishing you and your family a new year blessed with joy, peace, good health, prosperity and much love.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

the changes to the building are quite surprising. very interesting post for today. Happy New Year!

Laurent said...

Happy New Year JM !

B SQUARED said...

Hard to believe it's still standing. A beautiful testament to those early builders.

brattcat said...

Wonderful interpretation of 'change,' JM. Happy 2010!

Dina said...

Losing your roof is certainly a major change.
But the convent is so impressive, even without a roof.
A good new use for it.

Small City Scenes said...

What a masterpiece. It is still beautiful in it's own way. Excellent topic for Theme Day. MB

Virginia said...

The shell against the blue sky is lovely. Great idea for theme day today.
Hope you have a great new year!
V

slim said...

I like your interpretation. Thanks for sharing this masterpiece with us. I would want to spend days there photographing this excellent subject. Wishing you the best in 2010.

Jarart said...

Wow, this is great. Unbelievable that such an ancient structure is still standing at all.

Sharon said...

This is a beautiful building, both past and present. Such amazing skill in building in such early ages always surprises me.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

It is amazing that the arches have remained standing in such a delicate fashion after the massive 1755 earthquake.

Gena @ thinking aloud said...

I adore old buildings and architecture and this is testament to how well they were constructed - to endure this long!! this one is particualrly pretty - I have a pic taken from Rossio square I think it is, but have not had the time to get to see it first hand, hopefully in 2010!!! Feliz Ano Novo!!! Gena

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Wow, it is amazing how UNchanged the structure is, especially the delicate-looking arches. Nice photos and a fascinating sequence of pictures.

Three Rivers Daily Photo

VP said...

A great structure, still standing after these ungentle changes...

Andreea said...

It looks beautiful, despite all the damage. Nice entry for theme day

Tinsie said...

Stunning shots. Sometimes ruins are very photogenic.

Happy new year!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Lots and twists and curves here ... hopefully your new year will be straighter than this but as beautiful.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

I expect the changes over several centuries would be very great indeedn. It's a credit to the workmanship of those old masons and builders that their works are still standing, regardless of the state they're in.

Happy New Year my friend and many thanks for your support and comments over the months. Best wishes for 2010.
Cheers.
Melbourne Daily Photo

AB said...

The lines of the architecture seem all the more beautiful for being half in ruin.

Leif Hagen said...

It's a CHANGED convent! Great snap for THEME day, Jose'! Any rumors of it being restored to its former glory? I guess the cost would be exorbitant!

IamMBB said...

I love your top image. Even destruction can create beauty!

Dean Grey said...

JM!

Oh wow!! This convent looks stunning!

Am I the only one who thinks there's something sooooooo romantic about seeing the arches exposed to the sky?

Amazing!!

-Dean

Marie-Noyale said...

As amazing as beautiful!!
A great interpretation of the theme.