Batalha Monastery
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The Ceiling of Batalha's Founder's Chapel
In the Founder's Chapel of the Batalha Monastery, you can see the tombs of King John I and his wife, Philippa of Lancaster, and four of their sons. One son was Prince Henry the Navigator his marble tomb is in this chapel. The massive marble tombs are ornate and beautifully carved with figures of angels. The architecture is awesome. The proportions are immense and also ornate. The room as well, as the rest of the church, is huge and very vast. Batalha's church, monastery, and grounds are well kept. Very impressive after almost 700 years. I walked around with my travel book and read the history of this imposing site. I checked out each tomb and the plaques stating the history and identity of the famous royals buried within. The stained glass windows way up near the top of the walls were intricate. The marble floors were perfect and shining. The columns were decorated and remain as they were when the room was constructed. Then I looked up... and I noticed the magnificent vaulted ceiling with its star rosette in the center and arches radiating from it toward the flowers at the end of each arch. I thought about the artisans who completed such a work of art. Such skill and patience. It had to have taken a great deal of time and effort. The artists who completed this work must have been very proud of the gorgeous results. Imagine the satisfaction of knowing that your works of art would remain hundreds of years later.
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