portuguese ceilings

I found the ceilings throughout Portugal to be quite elaborate and beautiful, so I thought I’d assemble some photos of them from my trips in 2013 and 2018.

“Ceilings must always be considered. They are the most neglected surface in a room.”  ~ Albert Hadley


main chapel of the Cathedral of Evora 2013


Igreja da Conceicao Velha in Lisbon 2013


ceiling in Blazons Hall at Palácio Nacional de Sintra 2013


ceiling in Blazons Hall at Palácio Nacional de Sintra 2013


Blazons Hall at Palácio Nacional de Sintra 2013


the Palatine Chapel at Palácio Nacional de Sintra 2013

The Palace of Monserrate in Sintra had some gorgeous ceilings and intricately carved arches.


Palace of Monserrate, Sintra 2013


Palace of Monserrate, Sintra 2013


Palace of Monserrate, Sintra 2013


ceiling at Palácio Nacional da Pena 2013


ceiling at Palácio Nacional da Pena 2013

The Sé of Braga showcased some fine painted ceilings.

“Fear sees a ceiling. Hope sees the stars…” ~ Colton Dixon


Paço dos Duques de Bragança in Guimarães 2018


Torredos Clérigos in Porto 2018


Sé de Porto 2018


Sé de Porto 2018


Livraria Lello in Porto 2018


Igreja do Carmo in Porto 2018


Igreja & Museu São Roque, Lisbon, 2018

“Not every wall needs a ceiling”  ~ Munia Khan


Convento do Carmo in Lisbon 2013


“PHOTOGRAPHY” INVITATION:  I invite you to create a photography intention and then create a blog post for a place you have visited. Alternately, you can post a thematic post about a place, photos of whatever you discovered that set your heart afire. You can also do a thematic post of something you have found throughout all your travels: churches, doors, people reading, people hiking, mountains, patterns, all black & white, whatever!

In my case, my intention was to look for thematic possibilities during my trip to Portugal and I found the country’s ceilings quite elaborate and unique.

You probably have your own ideas about this, but in case you’d like some ideas, you can visit my page: photography inspiration.

I challenge you to post no more than 20-25 photos and to write less than 1,500 words about any travel-related photography intention you set for yourself. Include the link in the comments below by Wednesday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m. EST.  When I write my post in response to this challenge on Thursday, August 1, I’ll include your links in that post.

This will be an ongoing invitation, every first, second, and third (& 5th, if there is one) Thursday of each month (I’ve now added the second Thursday). Feel free to jump in at any time. 🙂

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