Thursday, December 08, 2011

More old stuff from Portugal

Roman mosaics under Banco Comercial Portuguesa in Lisbon. This video offers a tour, with some glimpses of the city above.

Retired monks, Igreja de São João Evangelista, Évora.

And finally, just because I liked seeing orange trees in December:

© Peter Rozovsky 2011

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Anonymous I.J.Parker said...


Bone houses were common all over Europe. The "memento mori" was often placed on the road to church to put the faithful in the right frame of mind. :)

December 09, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. I'd seen one previous bone house, in Alsace. This one was a bit different, though. The bones are underground, the photo shot through a grid that covers a hole in the floor of the nave. I don't know if the hole was original to the church, but in any case, the bones don't seem placed for prominent display. (A similar grid covers another hole with a view down into a Moorish cistern that predates the 18th-century church.)

December 09, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I.J., one of my previous Portugal posts invoked the memento mori, though probably not in the solemn spirit usual for such reminders.

December 09, 2011  
Blogger The Celtic Kagemusha said...

Lisbon's long been a city I've intended, and wanted to visit.
Hopefully, one of these days, Samuel Beckett might have said.

Peter, I did a search for Lionel White and saw no mention of him!!!
I've just watched a Marlon Brando film, 'Night of the Following Day', which was based on his novel, 'The Snatchers', and which made me want to check out the novel.

His 'Clean Break' was adapted by Stanley Kubrick for his 'The Killing', and, apparently he was known as 'The King of The Caper'

December 09, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Lisbon is worth a visit, but how did Lionel White's name come up?

December 09, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a little more reading on Lisbon, see "Lisbon:War in the Shadows of the City of Light 1939-1945" by Neil Lochery.

December 11, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

It looks like Lisbon was a real-life Casablanca. Thanks.

December 11, 2011  

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