Friday, August 28, 2015

Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks are balancing rock formations on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England. I fell in love with these rocks when I first saw photos of the place!!! 

I was stunned by many variations of rock formations there and the weather was beautiful.

I will post more photos. Stay tuned!

This is a Skywatch Friday entry.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

The Jerónimos Monastery/Hieronymites Monastery is located near the shore of the parish of Belém in Lisbon. This is probably the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of DiscoveryIn 1983, along with Belém Tower, it was classified a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The construction of the monastery and church was inaugurated on the order of King Manuel I in 1502 and the initial planned construction period was only 8 years, however in reality, it was completed 100 years later!!! Thanks to unprecedentedly rich influx from tax on commerce from Africa and Orient, the architects were not limited to small-scale plans.

Soon after entering western portal of the Church of Santa Maria, there are two stone thumbs, Vasco da Gama and  Luís de Camões who is the greatest poet and chronicier of the Age of Discoveries. Both tombs were sculpted by Costa Mota, tio in a harmonious neo-Manueline style. The mortal remains of both were transferred to these tombs in 1880.

On December 13th, 2007, the Treaty of Lisbon was signed at the monastery.