Sunday, June 19, 2011
Portugal - Monastery of Alcobaça
Alcobaça - Portugal.
Monastery of Alcobaça, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sent by Carlos, a postcrosser from Portugal.
By virtue of its magnificent dimensions, the clarity of the architectural style, the beauty of the material used and the care with which it was built, the Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria d'Alcobaça is a masterpiece of Gothic Cistercian art. It bears witness to the spread of an aesthetic style that developed in Burgundy at the time of St Bernard and to the survival of the ascetic ideal which characterized the order's early establishments such as Fontenay. The tombs of Dom Pedro and Doña Inés de Castro are among the most beautiful of Gothic funerary sculptures.