Architecture of Light
I was in awe the moment I entered the Alcobaça Monastery, located in Alcobaça, Portugal. The simplicity and sense of lightness was such a contrast to other Gothic churches I had visited. Part of a large complex of monastic buildings, the church was the first Gothic style building in Portugal, following the precepts of the Cistercian Order, with its clean lines, void of decoration except for column capitals and illuminated by rows of windows. The rational style of Cistercian architecture was intended for utilitarian and liturgical purposes, without distractions. The church was consecrated in 1252. Alcobaça is the largest church in Portugal. Click for information on Cistercian architecture.
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