In Guarda, the highest-altitude town in Portugal, stands a great cathedral made of granite which is barely seen in the above photo behind the derelict house this post is about. Right in the center, the ruin is half eaten by trees and climbing plants. One day, alas, it shall be “renovated” or most likely torn down for some monstrosity or government-funded white elephant.
But we are not about being nostalgic or critical here. We do love the house, ruin or not, and especially its back porch, clad in slate shingles and supported by simple columns with granite capitals. Behind the slates the traditional wood bracing of a light garden wall is visible, with the probable double hung windows above long gone. At the ground floor an existing sash window is protected by an elegant iron grate.