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Viseu, Portugal
May 21, 2008
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We climbed up into the old town toward the main square


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At the highest point of the Old Town is a large square. at the south end of which is the cathedral


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Nominally a 13th century Romanesque design the cathedral was somewhat debased by reconstructions performed during the 16th and 17th centuries


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Cathedral clock tower detail


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Viseu, in common with other Portuguese and central Sapnish cities, embodies much decorative tile in churches and other public buildings. The colonnaded cathedral cloisters are one example


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The cathedral is endowed with a huge rectangular cloister with elaborate tiled scenes depicting historical events


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The cathedral nave


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The high altar comprises a controversial inverted stone pyramid - a contemporary jolt quite out of character with the rest of the building


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For undetermined reasons, this 12th century artifact was highly prized


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A side aisle of the basilica cathedral format


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To the left of the cathedral is what used to be the archbishop's home. For many years this building has been the "Grao Vasca" museum - The Great Vasco is a revered 16th century local artist


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A gaggle of school kids being educated in the finer things of life


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Right across the square, is the "Igeja Misericordia" - Church of Mercy - a tidy fairy tale Rococo structure from the 18th century


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Misericordia portal


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High altar of the Church of Mercy


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The hill drops away quite steeply behind the church


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This old fella, Rei D Duarte, 1391-1438, was standing around in "Praca Dom Duarte", looking forlorn. Having his picture taken seemed to cheer him up


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Parts of the old city wall still exist. Here is the Porta do Soar leading out into the modern world


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Looking back into the old town from the Porto Do Soar


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Another, smaller, Rococo style church along the lane leading to the current city center


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Colorful church interior


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A resourceful way of adding additional space, this building on a building was at the back of the Bank of Portugal


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It would have been interesting to have seen the access path


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Grand building at the foot of the hill leading back to old town


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A section of a huge tiled mural around a traffic circle in the Praca da Republica - Square of the Republic - at the city center


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A panorama of the mural. Amazingly, each tile carries just a tiny fragment of the display and most of the displays are "one-off" designs. Emulsion paint seems so much more efficient


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"Camara Municipal", the Town Hall, complete with dilapidated red carpet


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In this area of town are a couple of large and pleasant parks accented by fountains. The town also has a charter for a street market that is held nearby


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In the same area, on a hillock, stands another Rococo church, Church of the Brotherhood of St. Francis


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The church entrance


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...and interior


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A tiny side chapel


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Half a mile to the east is the Igreja do Carmo, yet again in Rococo style


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The rear of the facade


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another colorful church interior, this one almost garish


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Ostentatious altar


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Flamboyant ceiling


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And, of course, lots of ceramic murals


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Personally, this treatment exudes the aura of a Victorian restroom rather than a place of worship


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A few hundred yards away stands this convent. I'd hate to guess at its architectural style


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Lumbering back toward Heidi, which entailed climbing back over the old town hill, provided many views along the ancient streets


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A few hundred yards away from the "attractions", reality is still moldering away as nature relentlessly reclaims the territory


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This door, on a once elegant, now crumbling building, could certainly do with a lick of paint


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Garden guardian, this puppy must be a neighborhood favorite, barking incessantly at anyone seen moving on "his" street
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