The Monastery of Alcobaça was built following an early Gothic style, and represents the arrival of this style in Portugal. The church and other main buildings were constructed from 1178 until the end of the 13th century. The church was consecrated in 1252. Following the precepts of the Order of Cistercians, the original monastic buildings were built under clean architectonic lines, without any decoration apart from some capital sculpture and a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Interior of the church
The first architect(s) of the church, most probably of French origin, followed the design of the Abbey of Clairvaux (now mostly demolished), which had been founded by Bernard of Clairvaux in 1115. The church is a Latin-cross building with pronounced transept arms and three aisles. The lateral aisles of the nave are as high (20 metres) as the central one, which together with the relative slenderness of the church (17 metres) and large length (106 metres) conveys an impression of monumentality. Alcobaça remains, after 800 years, the largest Portuguese church. The vertical emphasis observed in the building is a typical gothic feature.
Columns and walls are devoid of decoration, as required in Cistercian churches, and the interior is very brightly illuminated by rows of windows on the walls and rose windows on the main façade and transept arms. The main chapel, like in Clairvaux, is surrounded by a gallery (ambulatory) and has a series of radiating chapels. The aisles are covered by simple Gothic vaulting.
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kayahannacar (107) 2007-02-05 18:09
good composion very nice shot
rcamberos (60) 2007-02-05 18:10
Excelente, me encanta la profundidad que le da el techo.
Cara (2059) 2007-02-05 18:11
A simetria e grandeza do mosteiro está retratada na perfeição, belo efeito da silhoueta num P&B bem realizado e muito definido.
Sem tripé ainda tem mais mérito :)
Olof (135) 2007-02-05 20:10
Very well done. Very well composed. I like the silhouette of the cross. Great!
prezntime (3946) 2007-02-05 20:55
Quite a remarkable B&W shot. The silhouette of the cross with Christ is very well handled. There is excellent repetition and texture...great depth and symmetry...this shot holds a number of excellent examples of what makes a superb photograph.
VeeJayCee (2410) 2007-02-06 9:40
Hi Antonio. It is of course a matter of taste but I feel this needs more contrast between the cross and the arches. I've done a quick WS.
Aline_N (3175) 2007-02-09 14:18
I'm very happy to meet you on TrekEarth. I deeply appreciate your culture, your humanism, and of course your photograph's work.
Je t'embrasse, as you did some weeks ago for me.
MIG13 (0) 2007-02-22 20:31
Olá, António! Mais uma bela foto em B&P, tirando partido da beleza do interior do Mosteiro de Alcobaça. A simetria da composição valoriza ainda mais a silhueta do Crucifixo. Bom trabalho! Abraço! Miguel.
- Copyright: Antonio Coutinho (ajcoutinho) (562)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-07-25
- Categories: Ceremony, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H5
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2007-02-05 17:55