Friday, August 13, 2010

Carmo Convent


The Carmo Convent dates back to 1389. It survived the great earthquake in 1755 but the church was severely damaged and has never been restored. The place currently is an Archaeological Museum displaying, among others, pieces found in the rubble at downtown Lisbon.

28 comments:

Joan Elizabeth said...

I was thinking of your shots of convents and churches when I was taking a photo of a church today.

Genie said...

JM, from the first photo you can see the detail of the church and a glimpse of its former beauty. Great angle with contrasts and shadows -- It is hard to beat that blue sky!

brattcat said...

These are two truly beautiful compositions, JM. Have an excellent couple of days.

Dina said...

Somehow it is appropriate for a convent to be roofless and open to the heavens.

Have a good time away.

B SQUARED said...

Hard to believe the ruins are still standing. Enjoy your weekend.

Kate said...

A fascinating photo of form and light.

becky said...

Beautiful architecture...

Leif Hagen said...

They seem to have wonderful "air-conditioning" in the church! Such a heavenly place!
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joo said...

Fabulous church and great photos!
Have a nice time and take many photos:)

Halcyon said...

I love these old ruins. You got some nice shots of them.

Jarart said...

I like the way you framed the top shot to capture the lines and the light.

Cezar and Léia said...

This is a quite impressive memory of the earthquake, I remember well this site.
God bless you!
Cezar

Francisca said...

It's hard to imagine that this beautiful structure just sat there untouched for 255 years! Enjoy your weekend, JM!

VP said...

I remember other pictures of this and always like some more.

Babzy said...

the ruins are beautiful against the blue sky !

jennyfreckles said...

I've got a ruined abbey on my blog - snap! The stone arches look great against the blue sky.

Hilda said...

Even damaged and missing its roof, it is easy to see the beauty of the architecture. It must have been stunning in its prime.

Have a safe trip and a wonderful weekend!

Randy said...

Amazing photos. I love old architecture.

T. Becque said...

What a fabulous convent!

Boom Nisanart said...

JM, This is cool angle ! my favorite is the first one ; )

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Small City Scenes said...

Enjoy your time away. MB

tapirgal said...

That is SO spectacular. I'm glad it has a new life as a museum and is being preserved. It reminds me of places in England I still want to visit. Of course, Portugal is now on my list, too :)

Dean Grey said...

Magnificent!

-Dean

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is so beautiful and fantastic !!Great Architecture !!Fantastic as always !!

Jill said...

Very cool place. Is the sky blue-er there than anywhere else?

Photo Cache said...

pretty details. enjoy your time off.

crocrodyl said...

It must be very interesting and secret place!

Virginia said...

I can just imagine all the wonderful things to see and photograph in here. Love the arches open to the sky. Lovely shot . Hope you had fun!
V