Jan 27, 2011

tHe endleSS CaTheDraL ...

Welcome back!!!  (:)
Once again.... Manu was busy shooting around....Especcialy now with this super new toy... my new camera... here we go again... Ah!!

... God's lighT!!! :)

Now we are visiting the Cathedral... my city Cathedral, OPORTO Cathedral....
We gonna fly around.... we will certainly do!!!!

Manu shadow...my shadow!!... :)

U probbaly recognize this...don't u? |:D

My handmade cards.... China Ink wonders.... ((:-)

(This pic above was taken with my Sony Cyber shot W50... ... all the others at this post, were taken with my Nex 5...... Just in case somebody play the funny one with me!! Grrrr lol  ) 

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Muy linda nuestra catedral...no hay dudas, caray..... Manu en el paraiso.... >:-D

The Porto Cathedral (Portuguese: Sé do Porto), located in the historical centre of the city of Porto, Portugal, is one of the city's oldest monuments and one of the most important Romanesque monuments in Portugal
The current Cathedral of Porto underwent construction around 1110 under the patronage of Bishop Hugo and was completed in the 13th century, but there is evidence that the city has been a bishopric seat since the Suevi domination in the 5th-6th centuries.
The cathedral is flanked by two square towers, each supported with two buttressesand crowned with a cupola. The façade lacks decoration and is rather architecturally heterogeneous. It shows a Baroque porch and a beautiful Romanesque rose windowunder a crenellated arch, giving the impression of a fortified church.

The Romanesque nave is rather narrow and is covered by barrel vaulting. It is flanked by two aisles with a lower vault. The stone roof of the central aisle is supported by flying butresses, making the building one of the first in Portugal to use this architectonic feature.
This first Romanesque building has suffered many alterations but the general aspect of the façade has remained romanesque.

The rose window and central aisle… :)

Around 1333 the Gothic funerary chapel of João Gordo was added. João was a Knight Hospitaller who worked for King Dinis I. His tomb is decorated with his recumbent figure and reliefs of the Apostles. Also from the Gothic period is the elegant cloister, built between the 14th and the 15th centuries during the reign of King John I, who married English Princess Philippa of Lancaster in Oporto Cathedral in 1387.
The external appearance of the Cathedral was greatly altered during Baroque times. In 1772 a new main portal substituted the old Romanesque original and the tower cupolas were altered. Around 1732 Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni added an elegant Baroque loggia to the lateral façade of the Cathedral. During the War of the Oranges whilst the battle at Amarante was taking place a group of Spanish soldiers briefly took control of the Cathedral before being overcome by the locals of the town. A marble plaque with aMagnetite backing now hangs up behind the altar in order to remind everyone of those who lost their lives whilst regaining control of the chapel. The magnetite backing was chosen in order to remind those travelling near the cathedral by interfering with the direction in which their compass points.

The interior was also altered during the baroque era. In one of the chapels there is a magnificent silver altarpiece, built in the second half of the 17th century by Portuguese artists. Also in the 17th century the romanesque apse (which had an ambulatory) was torn down and a new one was built in baroque style, later decorated with new wall paintings by Nasoni and choir stalls. The altarpiece of the chapel, designed by Santos Pacheco and executed by Miguel Francisco da Silva between 1727 and 1729, is an important work of Portuguese Baroque.
The three red marble holy-water fonts, supported by a statue, date from the 17th century. The baptistery contains a bronze bas-relief by António Teixeira Lopes, depicting the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist.

The South transept arm gives access to the Gothic cloister, which is decorated with baroque azulejos by Valentim de Almeida (between 1729 and 1731). They depict the life of the Virgin Mary and Ovid's Metamorphoses. The remains of the Early-Romanesque ambulatory contain a few sarcophagi. The terrace is decorated with azulejos by António Vidal. The coffered ceiling of the chapter house was painted with allegories of moral values by Pachini in 1737.


Romanesque architecture is an architectural style of Medieval Europe, characterized by semi-circular arches, and evolving into the Gothic style, characterised by pointed arches, beginning in the 12th century. Although there is no consensus for the beginning date of the style, with proposals ranging from the 6th to the 10th centuries, examples can be found across the continent, making Romanesque architecture the first pan-European architectural style sinceImperial Roman Architecture. The Romanesque style in England is more traditionally referred to as Norman architecture.

Combining features of Western Roman and Byzantine buildings, Romanesque architecture is known by its massive quality, its thick walls, round arches, sturdy piers, groin vaults, large towers and decorative arcading. Each building has clearly defined forms and they are frequently of very regular, symmetrical plan so that the overall appearance is one of simplicity when compared with the Gothic buildings that were to follow. The style can be identified right across Europe, despite regional characteristics and different materials.

Many castles were built during this period, but they are greatly outnumbered by churches. The most significant are the great abbey churches, many of which are still standing, more or less complete and frequently in use.


Ahhh já assisti aqui a belos concertos, sim senhora!!! Keruuuuu maizzzzzzzz!!! (:)

Tia Lolita, uma portinha destas pa je aki, cumbinaduz??!!

Tourist Office in front... located beside the Cathedral door...

Oye...  Manu atacado mas unos cuantos folletitos del Turismo!!!!
Caray!!!  Asi, si, eso me gusta!!  ((:))
Clock me!! :)

Manu playing around with sweep panorama ....That's really fun this new toy!!

U can see other OPORTO photos i took at:


Portugal at:

Architecture Manu pics at:

And ... and ... and ...  Uffffffffffff...............
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.... i just can't stop shooting inside churches/catehdrals ... ... it's stronger than myself... even if it's forbidden to take shoots there.... lol

I'll b back soon...u know i'll!! :

Ahhhhh  finaly....  I concluded this post....  Buhh Buhhhhh ...  Hope u enjoy my info & pics... :)