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This is the most impressive and beatiful window in Portugal. We can have an idea of all the work given to it. This peace of art is situated in the back side of the chapel of the Convento de Cristo (Order of Christ)in Tomar, the second templar province in the world.
In the early sixteenth century, the Convento was extended greatly, illustrating the power and riches of the order at the time.It´s chief glories are the church and chapter house, built by John de Castillo in the exotic Manuelino idiom with luxurious carving - curiously nautical as well as oriental in feeling (presumably emphasising the order´s connection with nautical exploration, as Tomar is inland). Motifs of stones ropes and sails, bosses and spirals like sea shells, all with a quality of marine encrustation, are repeated throughout on walls, pillars and window tracery. It is perhaps the supreme architectural achievement of military Christianity.

You can see another pictures of the same place HERE:

Fachada Principal
Refeitorio dos Monges
Inner Courtyard, Monastery
Spiral Staircases
Detail
Ropes in Stones

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Additional Photos by manuel matos (efigesta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1958 W: 73 N: 2483] (12188)
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