FLAMBOYANT MANUELINE UNWRAPPED

Batalha Cloister Elevation

Batalha Cloister Elevation

Batalha Cloister Elevation

Batalha Cloister Elevation

Batalha Cloister Elevation

Batalha Cloister Elevation

Batalha Cloister Elevation

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Batalha Cloister Elevation

Batalha Cloister Elevation

Batalha Cloister Elevation

Here they are, in all their glory, the complete elevations of the Royal Cloister at the Monastery of Batalha. I remember an exam in College about this: how the structure was typically  Portuguese Gothic, squat and heavy, and then Huguet the French (or Catalonian) master mason came along and added all the fine and intricate flamboyant work at the parapets (note the Fleurs de Lys along the top edge). Only about 100 years after the cloister’s foundations were started were the cloister’s arches filled in, with colonnettes and tracery in the Manueline style. Increasing the geometric complexity, but with heraldic, exotic and naturalist motifs brought about by the Discoveries: our national precursor to the Renaissance.

Claustro Real, Mosteiro da Batalha.

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