If the Grijó cloister is robust and heavy in its lower half, it certainly feels airy and elegant at the top floor. Slender, composite order columns stack above simple pedestals, which progressively thicken as you descend into the frieze and the lower order. The balusters disappeared a long time ago. Strangely enough in these safety-crazy times we could roam around freely with no proctection, and so do the children who have catechism here during the week! The missing balusters surely help with making it so much more diaphanous and even (gasp) modern.
Note the old wood ceilings, their paint almost completely chipped away, and the simple Mannerist detailing on the inside of the stone lintels.
Mosteiro de São Salvador de Grijó.