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WordPress Weekly Photo: Focus

This week, the challenge is all about my favourite in-focus and out-of-focus moments. I have loads of the latter, as you can see from the gallery below. Imagine if we didn’t have digital cameras…this would turn out to be a very expensive post – enjoy 😉

Focus.

 

Gallery: Frankfurt Am Main – Order

(Scroll down to see the gallery, click on any photo to enlarge).

I got blissfully lost in Frankfurt whilst searching for the Goethehaus. Enjoy the gallery of the pics I took – living in Johannesburg, Frankfurt is deliciously orderly.

Order.

 

River Artist

A stroll next to the Tagus River in Lisbon is very interesting. I never know what I’ll come across. This time it was river art – an industrious artist, using river rocks to create sculptures with a theme.

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Tall and thin, stonehenge-like, maybe?
©2017 Regina Martins

Look carefully, the scene below is of The Last Supper.

Look carefully, this is The Last Supper
©2017 Regina Martins

And here is the artist himself…

The artist himself
©2017 Regina Martins

A pretty lady.

Face
©2017 Regina Martins

This is an interesting picture because it has so much in it. Firstly I’ve tried to include the whole exhibit. And secondly…can you see the green frog on the right of the photo? Surprise…..!

Can you see the green frog on the right of the photo?
©2017 Regina Martins

A red velvet lined rock repository for his funding…

Every artist needs to fund their artistic endeavours
©2017 Regina Martins

Each collection of colour representing an inspiration.

Colourful rocks turned into art
©2017 Regina Martins

A message of welcome to the Pope who will be visiting Fátima soon.

A message of welcome to the Pope who is visiting Fátima in Portugal soon but is not coming to Lisbon. 
©2017 Regina Martins

I don’t know who the artist is. While tourists marvelled at his rock art he carried on, never looking up, piling rock upon rock, creating new works.

 

Photo Essay: Convento Do Carmo In Lisbon

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 🙂

Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins

It now houses the Lisbon archaeological museum.

Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins

The ruins are bold and imposing, dominating the upwards vista on one side of Rossio Plaza looking up the hill towards Bairro Alto.

Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins

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.

Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins

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.

Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins
Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins
Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins
Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins

The Castelo De S.Jorge is visible through the flying buttress. The convent has five  flying buttresses.

Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins

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.

Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins

There were more than a few technical difficulties, starting with the foundations but also with the flying buttresses which collapsed twice.

Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins

It was commissioned by D. Nuno Álvares Pereira and handed over to Gomes Martins (no relation) to complete.

Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins

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.

Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins

One of the best preserved parts of the convent is the facade.

Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins
Convento do Carmo, Lisboa
©2017 Regina Martins

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 🙂