Thursday, December 13, 2012

National Pantheon


Church of Santa Engrácia, Lisbon
 
Building work proceeded from 1682 through 1712, when the architect died. King John V lost interest in the church, concentrating his resources in the gigantic Convent of Mafra. The church was left unfinished until the 20th century when it has been converted into the National Pantheon, in which important Portuguese personalities are buried.

22 comments:

Olivier said...

waouhhh elle est magnifique cette eglise, un vrai temple

Dina said...

The would-be church had an interesting conversion.

Hilda said...

Such a shame. It's a grand building and I'm sure the interiors would have been magnificent too.

Lowell said...

From a church to a tomb. Or maybe they're the same? Just kidding! Or not!

Anyone buried there that did any good for Portugal?

Beauty of a photo, JM!

JM said...

@Hilda: The interiors ARE magnificent! :-)

@Lowell: Yes, mainly great writers and Presidents from the first years of the Republic before Salazar's dictatorship (far from the scumbag politicians we have had lately).

Halcyon said...

I love the white building against a blue sky! You have so much fantastic architecture. :)

Kate said...

Very symmetrical facade.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Julie and I visited here during our too-brief stay in Lisbon. Thanks for bringing back memories.

TexWisGirl said...

a beautiful building!

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful building and intriguing history, JM! And, of course, I love your blue skies!! Thanks for sharing it all! Have a great weekend!

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

I'm glad it eventually got completed - it's a great looking structure!

Sharon said...

What a grand looking building. It's hard to imagine that someone would lose interest in its completion.

VP said...

Great church, but I understand the king: I am still wondering about the huge stone of Mafra so well described Saramago's book...

cieldequimper said...

Well, I think it's more beautiful than the Parisian Panthéon...

Kay said...

Hard to imagine that interest could wane for such a magnificent structure.

Shaun Gibbs said...

That is a stunning building, and very well captured. I like its symmetry.

Jack said...

It is a serious building, with a quiet dignity.

Randy said...

So much beauty.

ladyfi said...

Wow - that is amazing!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

What a fascinating history

tapirgal said...

This style is so interesting. I've never seen anything like it. Beautiful pic!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So glad it wasn't abandoned forever JM, they did a wonderful job when they completed it, would love to see inside.