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7.5 1 1.19%
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Old January 23rd, 2005, 09:24 PM   #1
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Palácio e Convento de Mafra | Mafra, Portugal

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It was close to Mafra (Mafara or Mafhara according to the ancients), a town in the province of Estremadura, that king João V of Portugal ordered the famous Convent to be built (1717-1730). The building taken as a whole, is a veritable classic, the grandeur and majesty of which are imposing. The severity of its art, in the most exalted sense, the unsurpassed perfection of its smallest detail, the variety of the designs to be met within its constantly changing style, reveal, in a very noticeable manner, the excepcional resources of its German Architect, Johann Friedrich Ludovici, as well as the merits of the Portuguese artists who were educated there and worked upon it.
Portuguese quarries (namely those of Mafra, Sintra and Loures) supplied the marble used and Brazil the very beautiful woods, while France, Italy, Belgium and Holland contributed with statues, bell, chimes, convent plates and lamps, as well as the most exquisite and skilfully-worked ecclesiastical vestments and carving.
The Basilica is composed of varioous marbles and is a standing proof of the excellence of the artists and the lofty aspirations of the architect. It contains 11 chapels, 45 tribunes, 6 large organs, 21 altar pieces and pictures carved in marble at the Mafra school of sculpture, 8 oil paintings and 40 large statues obtained from Italy. The interior of the imposing Zimborio, or cupola, is ornamented with the most beautifully blended graduations of colouring. The Towers contain two magnificent clocks, 4 chimes (2 of them controlled by hand, with finger boards of 4 octaves, each, and 2 mechanical) and 110 bells, of which 93 are connected with the chimes.
The Convent, which contains a central garden of a classis style, held at one time 300 monks and possesses a Library containing no fewer than 35000 volumes, a Chapter House, a Hall for Scholastic Exercises, Kitchen and Refectory.
In the Palace, which, together with the two Towers forms the front of the building, are to be found the Cloisters, and the Infirmaries and what is known as the Holy Field, a place set apart for burial purposes having a special chapel for funeral services.
The Convent with its dependencies, the garden and grounds, the many attractive shady places and the great Park to the north, in adition to other delightful spots, excellent water, pure air and the mildness of the climate contribute to make the town of Mafra a veritable pleasureground for touring and rest.
















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Old January 23rd, 2005, 09:37 PM   #2
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cool pics Phobos
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Old January 23rd, 2005, 09:54 PM   #3
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Old January 24th, 2005, 01:41 AM   #4
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Now that it undergone total cleaning and restoration it definetely deserves 10.
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Old January 24th, 2005, 02:11 AM   #5
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this building deserves a clear ten-out-of-ten mark, for its grandeur... Stunning!
I've never seen anything like it! Amazing! Outstanding! Unique! Fantastic!
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Old January 24th, 2005, 07:25 AM   #6
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Old January 24th, 2005, 11:29 PM   #7
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Old March 9th, 2005, 03:21 PM   #8
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This is one of the biggest barroc buildings of the whole world! A tremendus and monumental architecture piece! The church is also enormus and has the biggest zimbory (says like this? zimbório in portuguese.) of hte world!
Great library that it also has!
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Old March 9th, 2005, 06:09 PM   #9
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10/10. One of the most fantastic buildings in whole world.
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Old March 9th, 2005, 07:19 PM   #10
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Old March 9th, 2005, 08:29 PM   #11
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the churche (basilica):











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Old March 10th, 2005, 01:49 AM   #12
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Old March 14th, 2005, 07:42 AM   #13
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Stunning! 10/10
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Old March 15th, 2005, 02:58 AM   #14
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 06:36 PM   #15
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A master piece of Portugal
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 06:38 PM   #16
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Awesome 10!
where in Portugal is this city?
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 09:17 PM   #17
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^It's about 50 km north of Lisbon.
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 10:23 PM   #18
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wow this is amazing....
SO MASSIVE! Great detials and design
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Old July 1st, 2005, 01:58 AM   #19
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10/10 of course

its seems to me to the Escorial Monastry, near to Madrid
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Old July 12th, 2005, 05:02 PM   #20
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more of the interior:
the corridor that separates the areas of the king and queen:

the room of the throne:


one room:


the library:




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