Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Devout


(Old) Church of Our Lady of Conception, Lisbon
 
This was my first visit to this church and I have no idea 'who' is inside the glass box - creepy! -, some saint I guess. I could have asked the woman but she was so concentrated that I didn't want to bother her (actually she didn't even see me).
 
This is just one more church that collapsed after the 1755 Great Earthquaque. However, the stone elements of the façade were reused in the reconstruction and are a great example of the original Manueline style. Unfortunatelly I didn't manage to get a proper shot - narrow street, tram cables and much traffic - but you can check it here.

19 comments:

Olivier said...

le bon moment pour la photo, le moment de la priere, bien vu

VP said...

A wonderful picture in many ways. I have the same problem taking pictures inside churches, but the temptation is often too strong...

Sami said...

The church really looks old inside. I wonder if it´s someone inside the box or maybe just a figurine?

JM said...

@Sami: I'm sure it's a figurine but, nevertheless, it's creepy!

Kathy said...

I agree, that is creepy. You should resurrect the Taphophile Tragics meme which Julie had to abandon.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I would rather see a plaque, photo or sign with inspirational information about a person's life than a body or figure of a dead body that leaves visitors wondering who the person was.

Sharon said...

I have seen this type of saintly memorial before and usually there are hundreds of notes, photos and trinkets strewn around the glass case or attached to it. I was told they were prayers for a person's health. Beautiful front door to this church.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh so much restoration after the 1755 Earthquake JM, thank goodness they did restore and not rebuild! This church has the most intricate and fabulous facade, thanks for the link!

Lowell said...

Aw...nah, I'd better not.

Great photo, though. I'll bet the place smells musty. That glass box on the original altar is godawful!

Sylvia K said...

Yes, definitely creepy, but whatever works, I guess???? Terrific, interesting capture though, as always, JM! Hope your week is going well as we slip into Christmas mode!!

ladyfi said...

Love the old church but it's a bit strange to see a figure of a dead body.

cieldequimper said...

I can't help taking pictures as discreetly as possible...

Re. the Christmas trees: I think that 99.9% of them aren't potted. That's if 100% aren't.

tapirgal said...

Creepy is right, but fascinating. I lacked the courage to take a similar photo in Ravello.

Julie said...

If they can display the real (dead) Lenin in Moscow, then I am all for believing this is a real (dead) person.

Taphophile Tragics was taken over by another blogger to run on her own site. I will check out how she is traveling.

Kay said...

There's an anchor at the foot of this person, making it a little odder still.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

What a fascinating photo! I'm sure it must be a model of someone important inside there..
Duncan In Kuantan

Randy said...

What a beautiful and peaceful photograph.

Joan Elizabeth said...

It certainly begs the question of who is in the box.

Kate said...

This kind of devotion is a mystery to me; I agree, it is creepy!