Saturday, 26 May 2007

Azulejos



Examples of the tile decoration of the monastery of S. Jorge de Milreu, outside Coimbra. These examples, part of a complete cycle in a small chapel off the upper cloister, portray 'The Israelites in the Desert' and 'The Flight into Egypt'.

Saturday, 19 May 2007

'Temple of Diana', Evora




The temple, sitting on a high podium, is a significant remnant of the Roman heritage of Portugal and was probably dedicated to the imperial family cult. It was liberated from its medieval accretions in the mid-nineteenth century after it saw service as a municipal abattoir.

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Subterranean Trastevere: VII Coorte dei Vigili, Rome









Adjacent to Viale di Trastevere, within the depth of the block to the south of the basilica of San Crisogono are a subterranean set of rooms. They are the remains of Roman civic infrastructure in the barracks of the VII cohort of ‘vigili’ or fire watchers discovered by accident in the mid nineteenth century and important evidence of the daily life of lesser functionaries in the ancient city. Presently roofed by a concrete slab and stripped of its decoration which survived burial, it is difficult to discern the historic situation, except to realise how the process of urban sedimentation has raised the street level of the ancient Via Aurelia eight metres to the present Via Lungaretta, the medieval pilgrimage route to the Vatican.
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