The day we arrived at Grijó, tablet in hand (our camera was out of reach that day, so we had to make do) there happened to be a Boy Scout gathering at the monastery. Which in the end proved to be a blessing, as most spaces were open for visit and the very kind caretaker could give us plenty of Biblical explanations while they all sung Kumbaya together (not quite, but not far).
The great monastery of Grijó has obviously a great big cloister. This one is in fully articulated Ionic and Composite orders, enriched with details such as protruding stone panels and gargantuan corbels in the shape of triglyphs. Of course, triglyphs are a bit out of place in a classic Ionic entablature, but that wouldn’t stop anyone working in a Mannerist context in the outskirts of civilized Europe.
Technicalities aside, we are especially fond of the great proportions and fascinated by the broad frieze of azulejos. It depicts the four Evangelists at each center, with other Saints on their side, interspersed with geometric patterns of varying sizes.
Mosteiro de São Salvador de Grijó.