THE DOORWAY OF THE TOWN HALL

Braga. Although Braga doesn’t have a Baroque urban layout like the Sicilian Southeastern towns, its center is a crazy amalgamation of the wildest 18th century designs and, like the Noto Valley, all keeping reasonably within the same language. The Town Hall has the largest scaled volutes around a door ever, inverted and massive. Diagonally placed in plan to welcome the visitor as if with open arms, a scheme widely used throughout the Baroque. The whole composition right up to the complex pediment is an essay on absurdity and plays of scale and distortion. But Trystan Edwards would approve – everything is tightly tied together.

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