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Sé Velha

Transept Dome, Coimbra, Portugal

Sé Velha, or the Old Cathedral, is a Romanesque church dating to the late 12th and early 13th centuries when Coimbra was still the capital of Portugal.  Instead of a dome,  a Romanesque lantern-tower surmounts the transept crossing. The tower windows are one of the main sources of natural light in the cathedral.  Sé Velha is the only Portuguese cathedral built during the Reconquista era which has survived relatively intact.

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Fortitude and Justice

My Arm Is Tired, Can We Trade For a While?

Allegorical Statues of  Fortitude and Justice,18th Century, Via Latina, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

 

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It’s All In The Details

Architectural detail, Organ, 1737, Saint Michael’s Chapel, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Architectural detail, Chapel, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Details of the 18th century Baroque organ in Saint Michael’s Chapel at the University of Coimbra, in Coimbra, Portugal. Note the  Chinese  (chinoiserie)  motifs  between the floral moldings.  Painter Gabriel Ferreira da Cunha decorated the organ in 1737.  It has about 2,000 pipes and still works. The Chapel itself was designed in the 16th century as a royal chapel, before the palace became a university.

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