A different perspective


The way I see it when you’re visiting a monument it’s interesting, and educational, even, to notice all the “big and important” things that come in guides and books. But, as the saying goes, “the devil is in the detail”.

More often than not, while walking around in old monuments, if you care to pay attention, you’ll find intriguing features, puzzling peculiarities – or just a window in the right angle and a tree in the right spot.


Today I’m bringing you some of those details from the Convent of Christ in Tomar, which I mentioned several times before on the blog. Actually, I believe this is one of the most enigmatic places in the country. Not all things are mysterious, though – some are just curious!

The most famous window in the Convent can also be seen from another window.


Then, there’s a big belt carved in stone (the esoteric crowd will have something to say about this one).


The dorm floor – am I the only one who sees this as a little bit creepy?


Entwined cords on a corner? Heck, why not?


Either this is a funny angel or his head got stuck in that ladder!


And why not a silly hat?


Enjoy! 🙂

Oh, before I forget, there’s a surprise on the way! 😉

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  1. Visiting Tomar was one of the highlights of our trip to Portugal in 2011. We were fascinated by the place and we did spend a lot of time observing the details. It was truly amazing. Thanks for bringing back nice memories of our trip to Portugal. (Suzanne)

  2. Very exciting about the surprise – I hope for your great success at telling the world about your beautiful place. What I really want to talk about it your exceptional eye for detail! This post was so much fun. I think I like the ropes in the corner the best. I can’t imagine why to so much effort into such a complicated piece, when there would be other beautiful designs to choose from. The upright pieces seem to be trees, with the bottoms ending in tangles of roots that fall down the wall. I also enjoyed the angel goofing around with the ladder. 🙂

    • Glad you liked it! 🙂 The rope was actually a fairly common decoration motif during the Discoveries – besides that, almost everything in this convent has a symbolic meaning!

  3. Oh I’m so glad you’ve shared this again on twitter as now I get to enjoy it too! Great post, and like you my attention is always caught by the details ☺️

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