The porte cochere of the Palácio do Correio-mor. Behind its flamboyant, pink façade this open room is austere and cold – no doubt providing great respite against the elements, especially the merciless Lisbon Summer.
There are two rooms, in reality. The paving of the first, where carriages would come, is cobbled in a simple geometric pattern. Its ceiling is in painted wood boards, and the arches are cut at the sides to ease circulation.
In the second (top two images) the main stairs arrive and so limestone slabs become the floor material. The ceiling is a shallow, plastered dome which brings a stronger Architectural quality to the space and transitions to the public rooms above.
Palácio do Correio-mor, Loures