Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Pestana's Chapel #1

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As I said yesterday, new Gargoyles are to be shown now. These ones were “born”, almost half millennium after the ones from Monastery of Batalha. Sometimes people have the idea that Gargoyles are always very old, typically from Gothic period. But we have to remember that architecture works like art, in circles. These Gargoyles are from a neo-gothic Chapel in Porto, from the end of 19th century. Private Chapel of a Palace from the Pestana’s family also called: Chapel of The Holy Heart of Jesus.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Monastery of Batalha #11

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Today I present you the last Gargoyle from Monastery of Batalha, at least for the moment. Tomorrow there will be a Gargoyle from another monument. Until then, the Gargoyle “screams” Good Bye!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Monastery of Batalha #10

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At the same place (museum) it's possible to find old friends (like the one posted in Monastery of Batalha #2). It's good to know that someone is taking care of the statues, in order to keep them visible to everybody.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Monastery of Batalha #9

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At Monastery of Batalha, there is a museum were some Gargoyles are exposed. it gives you the opportunity to see face to face these mythical beings. There is also a permanent work in recovery of the damages statues.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Monastery of Batalha #8

Today I have seen a Dragon in a blog from Katowice - Poland it would give a very good chimera. In the mean time, I give you another happy Gargoyle from Monastery of Batalha.

Monastery of Batalha #7

The mane of a Lion, done like waves of the sea. In the best tradition of Portuguese history. We have discovered new worlds overseas. This Gargoyle looks like it came from another world...

Monastery of Batalha #6

Being a Gargoyle is probably a very lonely work. I’m sure it helps to have a Gargoyle neighbour to discuss something. Don’t you think?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Monastery of Batalha #5

The way I see it, some Gargoyles look like they are mean, others look like they are scary and others, like this one, looks happy. Maybe instead of sending away bad spirits, this one calls the good ones.

To learn more about Monastery of Batalha, take a look at the ICOMOS report that gave support to consider this monument World Heritage (source UNESCO).

Monastery of Batalha #4

Sometimes, appearances can be deceiving. What you see in the outside is different from the inside. If you are lucky, you will see the inside….. .

Monday, August 21, 2006

Monastery of Batalha #3

Another episode in the saga of Monastery of Batalha.
She's sitting in the bushes looking down to the visitors. What would be in the mind of the person who created her?

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Monastery of Batalha #2

Sometimes the gargoyle assumes the figure of a person, other times the figure of an animal. Many myths are associated with this aspect present in many cathedrals and other buildings.

To know more about this Monastery in Portugal, use this link :

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Monastery of Batalha #1

Here you have the first of a series collected at Monastery of Batalha.

39º39'32"N 8º49'33"O

Santa Maria da Vitória na Batalha is a Dominican monastery in the Portuguese town of Batalha, in the Distric of Leiria, Portugal, that was built to thank the Virgin Mary for the Portuguese victory over the Castilians in the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, fulfilling a promise of King D. João I. The battle put an end to the 1383-1385 crisis.The monastery took two centuries to build, started in 1388 by Afonso Domingues and succeeded by David Huguet in 1402, and several Kings of Portugal wanted to leave their mark on this construction built in pale stone. As Capelas Imperfeitas (The Imperfect Chapels) remain as a testimony of the fact that the monastery was never actually finished.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Number one

Gargoyle a day

Just a sketch but, it's the first one.

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