Monday, May 23, 2011

Decay (XXXIV): At the Top of the Stairs



Pombal Palace, Lisbon
(Check the previous post)

30 comments:

Joan Elizabeth said...

Wonderful. I love decay that is not so decayed as to be destroyed. That shows age and wear.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Why is it that even the decay in Europe is charming?

brattcat said...

I can imagine the sound of your footsteps as you move through these amazing rooms.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I wonder if there will come a time when you regret using Roman numerals for your series on decay. Sort of like the Super Bowl in the USA. Roman numerals seemed like a good idea 50 or so years ago.

Amin said...

Beautiful photos!

Rachel said...

What a cool place to get to explore! I hope that they will be able to restore all of it and yet be able to keep it looking slightly scruffy. That rundown appearance gives it so much character.

Jack said...

This is hard to see, JM.

JM said...

@Dave: I'm afraid I'm not following you... Why should I regret using Roman numerals on the decay posts? :-) I think they fit in as they were used in architecture for centuries until not long ago. :-)

Virginia said...

Ohhh but what lovely decay it is JM! :)
V

Sharon said...

Restoring this beautiful place will be no small task!

Randy said...

Wow this place is amazing. I would live there even in the state it's in.

Kaori said...

There is such a striking difference from the beauty of the ceiling and the aged walls. Great shots! :D

Sylvia K said...

The Roman Numerals are perfect for your posts as far as I'm concerned, JM. I, too, can almost hear your footsteps and such a hauntingly beautiful place! I do so hope it gets the care that it needs!! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Jarart said...

Even in decay it is stunning. I can only imagine what it must have been like living in a place like that.

Woody said...

While definitely decayed, it's still in remarkably good shape.

jennyfreckles said...

Such elegant decay.

Photo Cache said...

these walls sure could use a little fresh paint to restore it's glorious look.

Lois said...

What an amazing place! I certainly hope the rest of it can be restored. You definitely have to go back!

VP said...

Let us hope that this decay is temporary and you will (relatively) soon be able to post some new pictures of this beautiful palace.
I can't see any problem with Roman numerals, an elegant and perfectly reasonable choice on your part.

brattcat said...

JM, I have seen Attenborough's Plants...but my all time favorite of his is the series on Birds. Amazing. Thanks always for your thoughtful comments.

cieldequimper said...

I'm all for Roman numerals for lots of things.
These photos could make me scream do something, leave it to future generations...

Babzy said...

such a beautiful place ...

Sérgio Pontes said...

Na primeira nota-se bem a degradação a que o mesmo chegou

Abraço

Julie said...

I think what Dave is indicating about the Roman Numerals is that very quickly it will dominate the image due to the sheer size of the RN number. But it does seem to me, to be a good partner in your series.

I think this sort of decay could be termed tawdry, or blousy. I instantly see Blanche du Bois.

JM said...

I see your point of view, Julie, actually both of them (Blanche included)! :-)
In what concerns the Roman numerals, it will be easy when I get to the 50th post but a bit messier if I ever post decay #88! LOL!

Jacob said...

I just made a comment, then got Error 503...that's been happening a lot today! Again!

What I said was that even the evident decay cannot deny the understated elegance of this place way back when!

J Bar said...

Fantastic decor.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Cezar and Léia said...

A decoraçao é maravilhosa! Que parede imensa!
Léia

Fabien said...

J'adore la patine des vieux murs

Francisca said...

Past splendor is somehow sad.