Work on the vast square cloister (55 x 55 m) of the monastery was begun by Boitac. He built the groin vaults with wide arches and windows with tracery resting on delicate mullions. João de Castilho finished the construction by giving the lower storey a classical overlay and building a more recessed upper storey. The construction of such a two-storey cloister was a novelty at the time. Castilho changed the original round columns of Boitac into rectangular ones. He put Plateresque-style ornaments on it.
Each wing consists of six bays with tracery vaults. The four inner bays rest on massive buttresses, forming broad arcades. The corner bays are linked by a diagonal arched construction and show the richly decorated corner pillars.
The inside walls of the cloister have a wealth of Manueline motives with nautical ornaments, and European, Moorish ans eastern elements. The decorations on the outer walls of the inner courtyard were made in Plateresco style by Castilho. This ornamentation on the walls and the traceried arches of the arcades give the construction a filigree aspect.
The round arches and the horizontal structure are clearly in line with the Renaissance style, while at the same time there is also a relationship with Spanish architecture.
Two-storey cloisters.One of the arcades contains the sober tomb of the poet Fernando Pessoa. There are several tombs in the chapter house : poet and playwright Almeida Garrett (1799–1854), writer-historian Alexandre Herculano (1810–1877), president Teófilo Braga (1843–1924) and president Óscar Carmona (1869–1951). The refectory across the chapter house has several azulejos tiles from the 17th century.
The cloister had a religious function as well as a representative function by its decorative ornamentation and the dynastic symbolic motives, such as the armillarium, coat-of-arms, and the cross from the Order of Christ, showing the growing world power of Portugal.
Already declared a National Monument in 1907, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.
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Critiques | Translate
Royaldevon (27515) 2010-11-16 2:44
Good Morning Paulo,
I like your pov which incorporates the beautifully decorated walls as a natural border.
The exposure is good, revealing sharp details of the inner courtyard and the fine decorations.
The inclusion of the people gives a touch of human interert and a sense of the magnifecent scale.
Have a good day,
ikeharel (54117) 2010-11-16 2:53
A popular angel of the court in the Mosterio, Paulo. (I have to post one myself soon).
Fabulous architecture, many themes on scalptures carved arcs / each one is different.
However, It was impossible to take a picture with a wider view to include more - as human eye can do...
dta (64142) 2010-11-16 3:18
Hello Paulo ,
Excellent architecture picture , with agood managment of the light . Fine details in the FG , that provides a good frame to the main building .
asajernigan (20888) 2010-11-16 3:46
This is a fine shot of this monastery. The archway proivdes nice framing for the scene. The angle of the shot works well giving the photo a sense of depth and direction. The lighting and colors are fine and the photo has nice sharpness.
dino94 (822) 2010-11-16 5:56
great idea, but to use this framework to show the monastery as well as detailing the rich architectural ornaments.
In addition to the characters gives an idea of the size and splendor of this magnificent monument.
Sergiom (56521) 2010-11-16 6:45
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue. L'arche forme un très beau cadre èa l'ensemble et le petit chemin guide le regard vers cette trèes belle structure sous le soleil.
Longroute (19394) 2010-11-16 9:16
Waw! This monastery is fantastic!
I've never seen such rich and fine architecture in monasteries.
Your composition is really masterful and most appealing using the frame of the arch to show the cloister. Very good light management and a wonderful sky to complete this remarkable scene!
The clarity and colours are excellent as usual with you, and here there is the interest and importance of this outstanding work of art.
Compliments and TFS,
Bluejeans (64247) 2010-11-16 10:40
Oi Paulo ,
Muito bem conseguida esta tua foto com estes detalhes em primeiro plano , gostei das zonas escuras juntamente com a moldura , ficou um belo cartão postal , bom efeito visual com o V do relvado , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
npecanhuk (62498) 2010-11-16 13:17
Lindos detalhes arquitetônicos!
Uma foto maravilhosa com excelentes ponto de vista escolhido, nitidez, exposição, cores, formato horizontal, moldura em preto & branco, pp, contrastes e composição!
Parabéns, abraços e até logo,
PaulVDV (21127) 2010-11-16 13:58
The Monasterio de los Jerónimos is one of the highlights of a visit of Lisbon and this is one of the better photographs I've ever seen of it.
You show us a great view of the dome and the two-storey cloisters with their numberous decorations in
The framing is excellent with the close-up view of the wonderful motives on that column in a
golden brown colour.
Best regards, Paul
paninho (2931) 2010-11-16 23:46
Bom dia Paulo!
Uma boa ideia de criar um tema sobre os Gerónimos! A fotografia muito bem composta com o rendilhado dos altos relevos em primeiro plano. Luz bem gerida entre sombra e sol! Parabéns!
emka (75045) 2010-11-16 23:56
Fantastic Monastery of the Hieronymites, beautiful presentation. Nice composition with the column in fg.
dkmurphys (47666) 2010-11-17 0:55
A very picturesque scene here, impressive architecture. Great POV and well light managemen. Colors are incredible.
Have a nice day.
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-11-17 2:22
Bella vista del claustro de los Jerónimos, encuadrado por el pórtico de piedra con magníficos detalles.
Buena perspectiva y bellos colores y luz.
John_F_Kennedy (42048) 2010-11-17 4:39
Lovely church under this sunny sky. I like this POV showing the arcades here. Well done.
yeln (11504) 2010-11-17 8:19
zelo dober POV in DOF!!! odlična PP z izjemno ostrino in svežimi barvami. bogati detajli na mogočni zgradbi!! TFS!
lep večer, vojko
sabermonajati (9023) 2010-11-17 8:31
excllent architecture with splendid detail you captured in skilful frame.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-11-17 11:08
Ola Paulo! Wonderful and famous monastery. Excellent point of view and composition. Marvelous brightness and colours. Good exposure. Very good focus effect. Saude!
Urs (14082) 2010-11-17 16:17
This a stunning monastery, the details are really beautiful, even today it certainly is a master piece. Also your POV is very well selected to show the serene beauty of the complex. Excellent vibrant color hues and high sharpness. Well done. Thanks for your critique of my dragonfly. Actually I had tried lower F numbers, but I was not satisfied with the overall sharpness of the insect. Moreover the dragonfly was in a rather dark place.
s_lush (16134) 2010-11-17 22:21
It is a pleasure for me to criticize your shots, because they are very aesthetic and of highest quality, this one in particular. The beautiful architecture is presented here perfectly, with the highly interesting foreground, which simultaneously serves as a luxurious frame for the picture. Absolutely excellent job!
pablominto (53744) 2010-11-17 23:09
I can imagine this yard in medieval times, with the meditating monks strolling the paths..!
And nowadays a fine museum, showing this beautiful architecture to the world...
A clever composition, with this well framed view inside!
Graal (95982) 2010-11-17 23:52
beautiful details of architecture. Nice natural frame. Good informations. Well done photo. I like it.
Have a nice day.
kordinator (14831) 2010-11-18 0:35
Fine shot of this wonderful monastery.
The archway proivdes nice framing for the scene.
The angle of the shot works well giving great depth to the image.
Warm colors are fine and the photo has nice sharpness.
Excellent light managment.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-11-18 3:16
Excellent presnettaion of this famous and nice monastery. The framing is excellent and give depht to the image. details and colors well collected. The peoples give an interestiong idea of the important scale of the edifice.
BennyV (13548) 2010-11-18 6:10
Excellent sharpness and colours on this great Portuguese landmark. Great use of the door frame. Thumbs up from me too, Paulo.
Silvio1953 (118221) 2010-11-18 6:34
Ciao Paulo, great frame for a fantastic architecture, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
ManuMay (34411) 2010-11-18 7:07
Another great work, where HDR works really well, enhancing colour tones and contrasts, a point of view really well choosen in order to compose this great image...Very good textures and colour tones...Great!!!
Have a nice day...
sacimar (25975) 2010-11-19 4:04
beautiful image! I like it, the colors and sharpness are excellent, you chose a good angle to show this famous place, congratulations,
Have a good weekend,
pajaran (49630) 2010-11-19 8:28
Mnogo lepa arhitektura i tekst ...
Lep pogled na manastir sa mnogo lepim detaljima i dvoriste sa zelenom travom i fontanom, dobra kompozicija.
Dobar rad i prikaz detalja ostrim snimkom, lepim bojama i fotografijom, moje cestitke.
Svidja mi se dobar tekst.
Prijatno popodne i sve najbolje.
Lotes de bela arquitetura e texto ...
Bela vista do mosteiro, com muitos detalhes de bom gosto e jardim com grama verde e as fontes, boa composição.
O trabalho duro e detalhe nítido, cor agradável e fotografia, os meus parabéns.
Eu gosto de um bom texto.
Uma tarde linda, e tudo de melhor.
macjake (54000) 2010-11-19 8:29
its hard to do what you achieved here, standing in a covered area, and obtaining tremendous light on the side walls, and the background wall.
well lit, well exposed with lots of textured sharpness
hispic (9619) 2010-11-21 3:41
Depiction of the details with extreme sharpness and superb definition attracts me strongly. Composition making good use of the shade enhances luminous impression, and mild white clouds make the sharpness stand out further. you have a really beautiful architecture in Lisboa.
mkamionka (29748) 2010-11-22 9:03
very original presentation from this fantastic place.
I like the vivid colors which are very eye catching.
The processing is excellent. The details of the elaborate decoration of the walls makes an excellent foreground and framing here.
Very well done,
adramad (36271) 2010-11-23 14:54
Wonderful composition, in which you have chosen a beautiful POV, showing in the foreground and beautiful artistic lintel of the door, which in turn provides a framework to show the elegant and beautiful cloister.
A magnificent image quality, perfect lighting and perfect color. A great job again, congratulations.
Have a nice day. Best regards.
jmdias (53503) 2010-11-26 6:05
uma lindíssima vista do claustro, tão famoso. a luz está magnífica aqui, aidn amais com este foco indireto que deixa ver todos os detalhes platerescos na coluna. excelente trabalho, parabéns
fabianoleite (9373) 2010-11-29 8:33
Essas colunas na frente formaram uma excelente moldura. A nitidez ficou ótima e o céu muito bonito. Ótimo trabalho,parabéns!
sacavem (18610) 2010-12-03 9:06
Fantástico os pormenores/detalhes da arquitectura.Cor e luz muito bem conseguidos. Enfim um bonito postal para turista recordar deste belo monumento.
maloutim (9633) 2010-12-06 1:10
I really like the POV of this photo ! It's not always easy to get good lighting when you photograph a building through an archway ! But you managed very well with the golden colour of the arch showing the elaborate sculptures, in the foreground and the cloister in the background, of which you show the luxurious details like a jewel in its case.
This monastery is a masterpiece, as there are many in Portugal.
Thanks for sharing this great heritage from your country.
Angshu (55035) 2010-12-06 8:48
Superb exposure as we see the incredible details on the right. The framing is done very well and the colours are coming out very well. A picture which is really beautiful & technically proficient!
jemaflor (82098) 2010-12-15 10:57
Very fine architecture, well framed with this fg on the right side, good light on all your view, interesting monastery.
danos (84315) 2011-05-21 0:33
impressive the interior shot of the Monastery through the gate of it.I like the great decoration elements from the arches, as the clarity and the sharpness of the image.Well done.
Have a good weekend,danos
- Copyright: Paulo Goncalves (Juntas) (7958)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-14
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40, Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S 1:3.5-5.6 GII ED DX, Hoya 52mm Circular polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Lisbon views by Juntas, Churches by Juntas, Jerónimos by Juntas [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-16 2:32