Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
I’ve been meaning to visit the ruins of the Convento do Carmo for years and this year took a detour on my way home to explore it from the outside. It’s situated in the Largo do Carmo, off course 🙂
It now houses the Lisbon archaeological museum.
The ruins are bold and imposing, dominating the upwards vista on one side of Rossio Plaza looking up the hill towards Bairro Alto.
Built in the Gothic style from 1389 to 1423, the Convento do Carmo (Carmo Convent) was mostly destroyed on 1 November 1755, the date of the catastrophic earthquake that razed Lisbon to the ground.
Despite the destruction, the ruins are breath-taking. I didn’t go in, choosing instead to explore the exterior. I am leaving that for the next visit.
The Castelo De S.Jorge is visible through the flying buttress. The convent has five flying buttresses.
It was one of the largest and most ambitious architectural projects Lisbon had undertaken up until that time, both in terms of complexity of design and the numbers of people needed to construct it.
There were more than a few technical difficulties, starting with the foundations but also with the flying buttresses which collapsed twice.
It was commissioned by D. Nuno Álvares Pereira and handed over to Gomes Martins (no relation) to complete.
After the initial technical difficulties, it was handed over to three brothers to complete – Eanes, Afonso, Rodrigo and Gonçalo – who were master builders and stone masons.
One of the best preserved parts of the convent is the facade.
After years of looking up at the ruins, what I eventually found was certainly a surprise, especially the views of the Castelo de S.Jorge and downtown central Lisbon.
When you visit Lisbon it has got to be on your itinerary. I insist 🙂
Walking down Rua do Alecrim in Lisbon I passed a derelict building and had to look at it twice to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me – and was taken by surprise – a very pleasant one because the statement made by the artist is right up my street.
Street art is not elitist and reaches all kinds of people, according to the artist. Some people are touched by the statement and stop and think, while others walk on by.
The artist says that his work is sometimes unauthorised. He is inspired by outdoor spaces, where his art resides. Some of his exhibits last a few hours and others a few weeks.
He likes being anonymous because it gives him more freedom of expression.
The artist says he’s been changing streets to the way he wants them to look like for a long time.
Quote by the artist:
Lately, I’ve been feeling that the world is being searched by fear. Governments choose intolerant and discriminatory measures and police practice invasive attitudes on the minorities. The word SECURITY nowadays can knockdown the concept of individual privacy. This control freak machine keeps working as the tank is constantly refilled with fear, should we keep lowing our heads and spread our hands against the wall?
Info on the artist obtained from this article – Meet Forest Dump – The Nature Fan.
For this week’s WordPress challenge I searched through my archives and found this pic. I battled a bit finding a photo that means security for me. All I could think about was burglar bars and electric fences. Now if you’re South African, you’ll resonate I’m sure. And that’s not a happy photo at all.
So I chose this one – of the brass bell and I think lighthouse (although it does seem a bit small) at the mouth of Kalk Bay harbour. I don’t think it is to warn ship out at sea, but rather to guide the fishing boats into the harbour, the bell on the one side of the harbour wall, and the light on the other, keeping them safe and secure.