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Prado do Repouso, Porto

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Prado do Repouso, Porto

“The gigantic mausoleum of the wealthy businessman” reads the ugly modern plaque put by the city hall to identify this tomb, in the Prado do Repouso Cemetery in Porto. It is almost comic book-like in its “awesomeness”. Except for the flimsy cross and snake ornaments, everything about it is massive and manly, and the theme is basically a diamond-shaped urn of gargantuan proportions. A rusticated base, complete with slanted plaques and guttae, and projecting panels at the broad middle section and above, are equalled only by the ridiculously large metaphorical rings at the sides, implying that if a couple of Giants came by they could carry it away.

To top it off, the elegant iron railing around is not only a great neoclassical example but has, of all things, bats as crossing ornaments.

Cemitério do Prado do Repouso, Porto

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