E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar

Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar


Ceilings of wood, stone, plaster and paint.

This is the fifth group of pictures from Tomar.

Ceilings, from magnificently decorated, gold-embossed through carved stone or wood, to plain, humbler, utilitarian, white-painted plaster - according to use. They'll guarantee you a stiff neck!

There are simple, almost plain stone ribs, but the masons had fun and carved the bosses (where the stone ribs meet/cross). It's a feast for the eyes, as long as you keep looking up, and don't get too interested in the lovely floors.

The painted arch on the lower right looks peculiar because the wall leading up to left of the doorway is not at 90 degrees to the opening, and opening itself is wedge-shaped. This is close to the Charola, which I will share with you on Sunday.

As an aside, I think it's brilliant to see that these wonderful Stonemason's skills are far from being lost, I found a ~ "Boss Carving Competition" ~ at Weymouth College, in Dorset.
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Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar


Ceilings of wood, stone, plaster and paint.

This is the fifth group of pictures from Tomar.

Ceilings, from magnificently decorated, gold-embossed through carved stone or wood, to plain, humbler, utilitarian, white-painted plaster - according to use. They'll guarantee you a stiff neck!

There are simple, almost plain stone ribs, but the masons had fun and carved the bosses (where the stone ribs meet/cross). It's a feast for the eyes, as long as you keep looking up, and don't get too interested in the lovely floors.

The painted arch on the lower right looks peculiar because the wall leading up to left of the doorway is not at 90 degrees to the opening, and opening itself is wedge-shaped. This is close to the Charola, which I will share with you on Sunday.

As an aside, I think it's brilliant to see that these wonderful Stonemason's skills are far from being lost, I found a ~ "Boss Carving Competition" ~ at Weymouth College, in Dorset.
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comments (27)

Great reasons to look up. Lovely details and shapes.
Very nice Ellie. I like it.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 6 Dec 2007, 04:58
I presume some of this must be part of the 16th century redecoration? This is an almost bewildering mix of styles. This place looks like one can spend hours in there and still discover all sorts of new things.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 6 Dec 2007, 05:13
*sigh* this is fabulous, in this building I would have had a stiff neck too, so beautifull ( NOW I do hope it rains tomorrow wink )
I love the collage and the borders!!!!!
  • Gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 6 Dec 2007, 05:19
Magnificent.Awsome. Love the ways you have presented this.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 6 Dec 2007, 06:29
You have become quite the expert, Ellie, at these wonderful collages! This one in particular is stupendous. I love everything about it! Definitely a feast for the eyes. smile
  • Roland
  • France
  • 6 Dec 2007, 06:37
Nice patchwork here Ellie ! Good work !
simple beautiful,well put together Ellie smile
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 6 Dec 2007, 07:46
Love these shots and how you have grouped them together.
  • Ann
  • 6 Dec 2007, 08:02
As I told Roland, It's marvellous imagining people who built all that ... Great tribute to them !!! Ann
  • Shakara
  • on the spot
  • 6 Dec 2007, 08:34
Nice work ...
This is simply marvellous. The colour, the composition, the presentation, and your obvious passion for this place. I have no doubt that these wonderful photographs, plus your obvious enthusiasm, knowledge, and elegant word-skills, would easily convert into a beautiful coffee table book.

Thank you for getting a stiff neck on our behalf. (:o)
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Dec 2007, 09:28
Great picture grouping making it a great collage. With all the detail on these ceilings you can hurt an ankle.
A few minutes in photoshop would have that wonky arch straightened! wink Well taken shots, lovely architecture and super collage- great stuff!
EJWilkins: Cheeky blighter! tongue
You'd have had a wonderful time there David, all sorts of lovely textures and geometry.
You are to be commended for taking these shots and getting a sore neck just for us.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Dec 2007, 11:12
All brilliant, Ellie, but the decorated barrel-vault ceiling on the left is exquisite.
That's so clever Ellie !
lovely collage
Definitivly conquered by this idea of montage ! Bravo !
Beautyful patchwork of ceilings Ellie
Nice set of images Ellie and superbly presented.
superbe!
Some great details here Ellie.
  • blackdog
  • Another World
  • 6 Dec 2007, 21:50
Incredible detail in the waulted ceiling - my neck feels stiff just looking at the photograph ;o)

The Michael Baignent book I mentioned is called The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail - covers the Templars early role in Jeruselem and their possible involvement with the Grail myth.
  • Chris
  • very wet & very windy
  • 6 Dec 2007, 22:15
Superb architecture Ellie smile
A nice set of details Ellie.
I am seeing all this series and I am astonished at all the details that samples. A very good work, Ellie!

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