E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Capuchin Monastery, Sintra.

Capuchin Monastery, Sintra.

At the entrance to the Capuchin Monastery (Convento dos Capuchos) at Sintra, in Portugal, hangs this bell. I'm sure that many children visiting the Monastery take advantage of the rope to see if it still sounds.

The monastery is a magical place, deep in woodland. We visited it on an overcast but bright day.

There is limited information on the 'net, but Virtual Tourist, Portugal says this :-

"This little monastery, constructed amid the rocks of Sintra in fulfilment of a vow by Dom Álvaro de Castro (1560), its cells and dependencies lined with cork, is a wonderful example of Christian austerity in its simplicity of decoration and meagre materials and space. The little chapel, the refectory, the living quarters, almost troglodyte in dimension, are cut into the crags, and underline the intention of meditation inherent in the project. In the chapel are to be noted the altar with inlay work, some 17th Century frescos by André Reinoso and an 18th Century frontispiece of azulejos, the last named in the outer chapel."

I will share more of the Monastery as part of my "Sunday" pictures.

If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

Capuchin Monastery, Sintra.

At the entrance to the Capuchin Monastery (Convento dos Capuchos) at Sintra, in Portugal, hangs this bell. I'm sure that many children visiting the Monastery take advantage of the rope to see if it still sounds.

The monastery is a magical place, deep in woodland. We visited it on an overcast but bright day.

There is limited information on the 'net, but Virtual Tourist, Portugal says this :-

"This little monastery, constructed amid the rocks of Sintra in fulfilment of a vow by Dom Álvaro de Castro (1560), its cells and dependencies lined with cork, is a wonderful example of Christian austerity in its simplicity of decoration and meagre materials and space. The little chapel, the refectory, the living quarters, almost troglodyte in dimension, are cut into the crags, and underline the intention of meditation inherent in the project. In the chapel are to be noted the altar with inlay work, some 17th Century frescos by André Reinoso and an 18th Century frontispiece of azulejos, the last named in the outer chapel."

I will share more of the Monastery as part of my "Sunday" pictures.

If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

comments (23)

Have you seen the film 'Black Narcissus'?
If you have, you'll know why i mention it - if not, you really should!
Anyway - great composition with the rope nicely leading the eye.
EJWilkins: Yes I have seen the film, didn't think of that scene when I took the picture though.
Very nicely composed, and a pretty scene, too.
EJWilkins: Thanks Red Pen smile
Ellie, is very pleasant this photo by the so intense color of the green one, but something of light in the superior part exceeds to me [G]
EJWilkins: Thanks Jose, yes the sky is too bright. It might be fixable by somebody who knows how to do it, but I don't have the editing skills.
  • Robs
  • 18 Mar 2007, 04:17
If I was there, I would have tried to make it ring! grin
Nice picture Ellie!
EJWilkins: wink It does ring ...
  • dotun
  • 18 Mar 2007, 06:27
well taken Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks Dotun
What a wonderfully atmospheric place. Nice work,
EJWilkins: It's a wonderful place, pity this picture isn't a bit better. Will have to go there again and take some more wink
A place from a fairy tale. You captured it wonderfully.
EJWilkins: Thanks Julia smile
sky might be a bit overexpossed but at the same time its very picteresque...
EJWilkins: Yes, the sky is overexposed. My fault for not knowing the camera controls well enough and also for only taking the one picture.
Looks like something from a fairy tale, good catch Ellie smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Chris, an absolutely magical place to visit. It was very peaceful.
Love the subject, very good composition/perspective. Slightly over-exposed, not just the background, but still a good shot.
EJWilkins: Thanks David. Yes, it is overexposed. It's entirely my fault and I only took the one picture of the bell. Hopefully this sort of thing won't happen again because I now know a little bit more about using my new camera.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Mar 2007, 11:36
A beautiful image...rich in colour, texture and sense of history. In this case I feel the over-exposure in the top of the picture serves to highlight the bell-arch, the tree and the many shades and textures of green. The picture says "come and visit this place".
EJWilkins: Ha, you make it seem as if it was overexposed on purpose, which it wasn't .. it was lack of experience. But, if it says 'come and visit me' then I'm happy enough because it's a wonderful, peaceful and calm place to visit.
This looks surprisilgly much like the Japanese moss garden we visited today. Funny how the appeal of moss on old structures appears to be universal. Nice work as always, Ellie!
EJWilkins: You're right, there's 'something' very appealing about moss and old stone. The Japanese however, have the arrangement down to a fine art.
Just my kind of place. I could sit there all day.
EJWilkins: I could have done too Mary. But, it was a family day out so I wasn't able to linger as much as I'd have liked to.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 18 Mar 2007, 13:01
Oh, I love the angle on this bell from the perspective of its rope, Ellie. This makes for another Lovely Sunday meditation. I can hear bells ringing all over the world right this very minute. They are almost in our backyard in Hannover (but I'm in Atlanta).

I am so eager to see more of your pics from Portugal...with your new camera. smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Ginnie. To enter the monastery, which is quite high up in the hills but deep in woodland, you go up a steep path, then through a tiny gate that's almost hidden. On the right of the gate is this little bell, it did seem a good idea to ring it. wink
I really like the sound of church bells too, sadly their ringing is becoming restricted here ... because of noise nuisance!

With a bit of luck you'll see some more pics from our last visit soon, but I've got heaps of pictures already uploaded, from the other camera, that I would like to use first, although I may need to be a bit creative and combine them somehow, otherwise we'll still be seeing last autumn when this one comes around!
Love the rope leading my eyes in to the pic. Get this Lord of the Rings - Hobbit feeling looking at this smile
It's really nice and I don't know why even poetic smile
When I saw the thumbnail I thought how did she take a shot of a hobbit house ? That's what it looked like small. This is a wonderful shot exposure aside, the angle is almost perfect so very well done you.
What a magical photo! I love the moss on the side of the bell. It's so nice to see something in such great shape so many years later!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Mar 2007, 18:40
The backlight is a bit strong. Great composition and subject. On the overall I like this pic a lot.
la cloche de la délivrance...c'est très beau
Perfectly composed.
Great compo, but background a little blown out?
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 19 Mar 2007, 08:48
I really like the play of light on moss wherever it appears - in woodlands or, as here, on ancient structures. The rope makes a good lead in line to take your eye up to the bell, too.

Nicely done.

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