Saturday, January 7, 2012

Church of the Holy Mary of Belém



Jeronimus Monastery (the construction started in 1501), Lisbon

30 comments:

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Amazing 500 years of history !

Dina said...

Even the columns are magnificent!

VP said...

Wonderful church, the interior is magnificent!

Woody said...

Wow, check out that ceiling, a sort of spider web!!

Gine said...

Je reste sans voix - et sans mots - devant tant de grandeur.

Cezar and Léia said...

My mind is playing tricks on me... :) I can't remember whether I visited this church or not... Anyway, the views you offer us are great!
God bless you!
Cezar

Carolina Tavares said...

Um dos lugares que quero muito conhecer.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

We visited here 10 years ago. The entire monastery complex was wonderful. I seem to recall that there was a tomb of a famous person in this church, but I could be wrong and can't remember for sure.

JM said...

@Dave:

Great memory! :-) Vasco da Gama's and Luis de Camões' tombs are there.

Sharon said...

This place looks so huge. An amazing place indeed.

Lowell said...

What an intricate ceiling! Your photos of this monastery have always intrigued me so I'm especially happy to get a look inside. Comparing the construction, I'd say the church is part of the monastery.

The did build things to last back in the days!

Stickup Artist said...

That stonework just blows me away! It's so hard to imagine how this was accomplished. These images really capture the scale, height, and detail of this architectural marvel.

Halcyon said...

Wow! This is magnificent. I can sometimes understand why people liked to go to church in the old days. ;)

Sylvia K said...

What a gorgeous, incredible place, JM, and as always your captures are superb! The detail, the columns are amazing! Terrific visit to start my weekend! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty!

Sylvia

crocrodyl said...

Amazing! Wonderful ceiling!

JM said...

@Lowell:

The building was severely damaged buy the 1775 earthquake, but it didn't collapse! :-)

T. Becque said...

The places you show JM, they are so cool! This is gorgeous!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Superb images JM, how on earth did they succeed with such an undertaking so many years ago, even today that would be such a challenging project.

LadyFi said...

Wow - that is magnificent!

RedPat said...

Wonderful! And your shots are great - it is so hard to get details like that lit up nicely.

Leif Hagen said...

Fantastic architectural details in that cathedral!
Heavenly!

Ron said...

You're convincing me to go one day to Lisbon.

Jack said...

Well, JM, if they need help dusting this place, I am not going to volunteer!

Andrew said...

Wonderful to see...

Lois said...

Magnificent ceiling! I think my neck would be hurting if I was in there for too long just from looking up.

magiceye said...

impressive!

Randy said...

Oh my God that has to be the most beautiful church I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing these shots! Happy Sunday.

Joan Elizabeth said...

When I go to church in places like this I always find myself looking up into the ceiling ... I would sure do it here.

Arija said...

The gothic arches and romanesque windos make a nice melding of styles. A beautiful church indeed.

Genie said...

These are the churches I adore. Having been a church organist, I can just imagine sitting at the organ and the pipes blasting forth the notes from my favorite hymns. A stunning capture. genie