sexta-feira, 26 de outubro de 2012

Mafra's Baroque royal palace

The words "massive," "monumental," "gigantic," "colossal," and "vast" fail to describe the scale of Mafra's Baroque royal palace. The grandiose monument was built in 1717 to celebrate the birth of a daughter to King João V and includes a convent and a basilica.

The extravagant king wanted the palace and basilica to compete in magnificence and grandeur with Spain's Escorial and St. Peter's in Rome, and at the time it seemed that such a huge project would never be completed. At one point there were 45,000 men working on it, and several artists came from abroad, with 7,000 soldiers overseeing the workforce. They ended up creating 5,200 doorways, 2,500 windows, 880 halls and rooms, 154 staircases, 29 courtyards, and two bell towers boasting the world's largest collection of bells (57 in each) that can be heard for 24km (15 miles) when they're played on Sunday.

In 1720 the French ambassador reported to his king that all the money in Iberia would be insufficient to pay for it, but the gold that flowed in from the rich mines of Brazil made it possible in 1735.

7 comentários:

  1. Gracias por tu visita, he oaseado por tu blog y a sido todo un placer.
    Un fuerte abrazo

  2. Very nice pictures with lovely compositions...... you have made excellent pictures Carla.

    Hugs, Joop

  3. Precioso y enorme, me encantan esas cúpulas. También las fotografías en blanco y negro son geniales. Un enorme fin de semana mi querida amiga. Besos. :))

  4. Spectacular sweeping images of this baroque masterpiece. It is especially perfect for your wide angle lens, which you used beautifully :^)

  5. Con lo difícil que es sacar este tipo de fotografías... te han quedado espléndidas. Y en blanco y negro se ven aún más grandiosas.

  6. Excelentes fotografias de valioso Património....

  7. Imponente e belo. Conseguiste ótimos ângulos.