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Batalha Sala do Capitulo

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Batalha Sala do Capitulo

Batalha Sala do Capitulo

Batalha Sala do Capitulo

The magnificent chapter house in the monastery of Batalha houses the tomb of the unknown soldier, hence the several servicemen seen on the photos. I was always intrigued by the large span of the ceiling vaults and why they couldn’t cover the “Imperfect Chapels”, a different space behind the apse of the church, as they were seemingly too large.

The French master builder Huguet was the man in charge, and the chapter house is a magnificent testimony to his dare. Permanently dark, with only one window facing the street, it contrasts starkly with the cloister beyond.

archived in EXTERIORS ArchesBatalhaCeilings: VaultedCloistersColumnsGothicManuelineMonasteries and ConventsPavingStonework
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