E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar

Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar


Cloisters and Corridors

This is my sixth group of pictures from Tomar.

There are eight cloisters at the Convent, each is at least two stories high and has a function. For example there is the Washing Cloister, where clothes were laundered; the Cemetery Cloister, where knights and monks were buried - including Diogo da Gama, brother of Vasco da Gama; . The lower of the two I have shown was built following orders of King John III, in 1557 and completed around 1591 during Philip II's reign.

Surrounding each cloister, and linking rooms within the convent and long wide corridors, beautifully designed for their purpose, and also offering welcome shade from the hot sun.

When we were there in July the temperature was around 35 degrees Celsius.

There is a lot of information about Tomar on ~ Wikipedia ~ and also on the ~ Manorhouses ~ site, which contains information about other Unesco listings.
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Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar


Cloisters and Corridors

This is my sixth group of pictures from Tomar.

There are eight cloisters at the Convent, each is at least two stories high and has a function. For example there is the Washing Cloister, where clothes were laundered; the Cemetery Cloister, where knights and monks were buried - including Diogo da Gama, brother of Vasco da Gama; . The lower of the two I have shown was built following orders of King John III, in 1557 and completed around 1591 during Philip II's reign.

Surrounding each cloister, and linking rooms within the convent and long wide corridors, beautifully designed for their purpose, and also offering welcome shade from the hot sun.

When we were there in July the temperature was around 35 degrees Celsius.

There is a lot of information about Tomar on ~ Wikipedia ~ and also on the ~ Manorhouses ~ site, which contains information about other Unesco listings.
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comments (21)

  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2007, 00:24
I am so jealous this is outstanding. smile
EJWilkins: No need, you could probably do as well if not better wink
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Dec 2007, 00:28
A comprehensive Guide Book to this wonderful place, Ellie. They should incent you to publish.
EJWilkins: It's be nice, perhaps one day eh?
  • Les Auld
  • Southport with the christmas lights half up
  • 7 Dec 2007, 00:58
You're getting good at this presnetation Ellie, Good sharp pictures and good lighting, looks like you were there at the right time of day.
EJWilkins: It was sooooo hot that day, 35+ degrees according to the car, perhaps that helped, or maybe the place is just of excellent design - I don't know. Thanks Les.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2007, 04:00
Have you thought about presenting this series of photos for publication, Ellie? I think you have done a superb job and have much to offer. You're the kind of person who should be writing the travel books that Donica and I buy when we visit such attractions as this!
EJWilkins: It hadn't crossed my mind for a moment, but I'm sure there are people somewhere with exactly the same idea who are already on the way to publication. It's something I'd enjoy doing though.
  • Astrid
  • STORMY Netherlands
  • 7 Dec 2007, 05:17
Phenomenal Ellie, you made my day with these pictures, top left did you do HDR with it, could you tell what you did? I agree with Ginnie, the pictures from last week is an invitaion to go there and look for yourself! smile
EJWilkins: I'm pleased you like them Astrid smile No, none of them is HDR, I don't know how to do it.
Superb presentation again Ellie. What a great job you've done!
EJWilkins: Thanks Richard, I appreciate that smile
  • mick
  • 7 Dec 2007, 08:30
lovely piece of work ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Mick smile
I learn so much visiting here....and see lovely photos too.
EJWilkins: I'm glad you enjoy visiting Mary, thanks
  • Urv
  • California
  • 7 Dec 2007, 10:00
These could easily be postcards. If I was traveling and saw these, I'd buy em!
EJWilkins: Hmm, you're not the first to say that. Thanks Urv smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 7 Dec 2007, 10:28
I've been following the series too and learning so much through your photos and text.

Have you though about producing this as an instructional tool for kids...perhaps web-based?
EJWilkins: Nice idea, but I wouldn't know where to start and know too little about marketing. I'm glad you've enjoyed this series Kathryn, only a few more to go wink
They have all said it for me- these are publish-standard images, perfectly exposed, straight verticals and, most important, make the place look seductive and inviting. A tour-de-force. I'm off to find out about Tomar now on the strength of these!
EJWilkins: Thanks David, nice idea too, wouldn't know how! Enjoy rummaging around the net, there'll be some more links to follow tomorrow and Sunday wink
There's also the lovely town of Tomar, another day's worth of visiting, we simply didn't have enough time.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Dec 2007, 11:11
Great combination here. That fountain is begging for special attention by a photographer smile
EJWilkins: Yep, and there were loads of people taking pictures of it too. smile
Some more great detailing Ellie.
EJWilkins: Glad you like them Bernie
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2007, 14:17
Another nice collection of architecture shots.
EJWilkins: Thanks Martin smile
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich. Windy and rain is forecast
  • 7 Dec 2007, 16:57
Another superb set Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks Bill smile
I agree with Ray! I am learning more from your photographs and text, than I would find in an afternoon of googling! Four more spectacular shots. (:o)
EJWilkins: Errm, that's why I won't be doing it too often. It's taken quite a bit of time to put each day together and to try to say what I want/need for each group of pictures. I'm glad it's been worth it. smile
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Dec 2007, 21:18
I love this style of presentation Ellie. It really suits these kind of building. Well done!
EJWilkins: Thanks Scarlet, I thought it was a reasonable way of showing a lot of pictures in a relatively short time.
  • Chris
  • very wet & very windy
  • 7 Dec 2007, 22:02
Could do with some of that heat right now Ellie sad lovely architecture again.
EJWilkins: Absolutely right, the weather's played havoc with car batteries this week too sad
  • Karen
  • 7 Dec 2007, 23:34
This is a great presentation. Was it difficult to get photos without people in them?
EJWilkins: It was a case of standing and waiting until there was nobody around, sometimes it took a while especially the corridors because there are so many doors and stairs leading off them.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 7 Dec 2007, 23:47
Really like your presentation of these photos.
EJWilkins: Thanks Aussie smile
Personally, these runners and cloisers are specially charming for my. I like this quadruple presentation of them!

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