Thursday, April 21, 2011

Decay (XXIX)


Paço de Arcos
The Arcos Palace was rebuilt in the 18th century according to the original design of the former palace where King Manuel I watched Vasco da Gama's caravels depart for India in 1497.
I don't know if this is a state-owned building or if it's still private, eitherway it's unbelievable it has not yet been restored and opened to visitors.

26 comments:

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Your decay series always fascinates me and this is no exception. The magnificent color of this palace is hidden beneath the centuries of neglect. Like you, I would hope that it is restored.

Bises,
G

Olivier said...

beau jaune délavé, cela devait être une superbe propriété

Sharon said...

What a grand building this would be with some loving care.

Sylvia K said...

I can only repeat what Genie has written, your decay series is indeed fascinating! Marvelous captures but it is a shame these incredible pieces of history are being allowed to decay and not being restored! Hope your week is going well, JM!

Sylvia

Halcyon said...

It's beautiful, even in the decayed state.

Lois said...

It looks magnificent even in decay. I just love that yellow!

Jarart said...

Again you show how there is beauty in decay. I do wonder how it would look if it were restored to the grandeur of the past.

Kate said...

It is an impressive structure as is, but I can just imagine how gorgeous it would be if restored. The arches, balcony, and iron work are terrific!

Mary Ann said...

This is really beautiful. I love it when places like this are open for visitors. Maybe someday.

GW Bill Miller said...

The yellow and white is wonderful. I would like to see it with a fresh coat of paint.

Irina said...

Amazing. And breathtaking. Want to touch it someday.

Sailor said...

And again this picture reminds me of Goa. One of the house I was staying in Goa was as old as vasco da Gama and it look exactly same like in your picture.

VP said...

You said it: unbelievable! I hope the damage is mostly outside, the windows look intact...So sad, anyway!

Inger-M said...

It must have been a beautiful building in it's time, and I'm with the others, I hope it gets restored! Great photo!

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

What a history! I agree. How in the world can the authorities allow this place to go to ruin?

It may take a lot of work to renovate it, though...lots of mold at work there!

Gunn said...

Location-location....
This would have been perfect for fashion shoots and for film making.
Wonderful building!

Francisca said...

What a pity it hasn't been restored. She's a beauty.

Sérgio Pontes said...

Subscrevo o teu ponto de vista

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Lets not clean the dirt... great like that !

Randy said...

What great color. A little TLC and then it's party time.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Love those colours. I a decay with similar colours next on SW.

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

Jm this decay series gives a new synonym to the word. This palace is just gorgeous and the way it aged is just beautiful! But you're right! Even if it looks so good, it would be better if it would be restored to some point to preserve its beauty! I really loved it JM!

Steven^^

Cildemer said...

Que desgraça e que pena ver coisa tão linda a cair!
Até dá vontade de chorar.
O nosso património a ir pelos ares!

Amin said...

Beautiful!

T. Becque said...

It's beautiful!

Marie-Noyale said...

Already beautiful as it is!