LORD OF MEASURE

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O Senhor do Padrão, Lord of Padrão, is a religious monument celebrating an apparition in the 18th century. It is a cross between the four-sided arch of Leptis Magna and a domed folly. The dome is covered in tiles, with plaster inside – otherwise, all is in granite worked in the typical North Portuguese Baroque fashion of the times, with heavy projecting panels at pilasters and arches. A smaller structure is part of the complex, more ornamented with scallops and swags. Note the pebble paving.

The monument sits not far from the sea and used to stand alone in the middle of the beach, now gone. On those days it was highly visible from land and sea, earning it the name of Padrão, or standard measure.

archived in EXTERIORS ArchesBaroque & RococoCupolasFences & GatesMonumentsPavingPedimentsPilastersPortoStonework
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