MM 4-31 Up in the Air

Well, I’ve been pretty busy recently and I also caught a cold the other day. And I imbibed a little too much at the wedding I attended over the weekend. So even though everything has been a bit cloudy lately I still found some time to select a photo for Leanne’s Monochrome Madness this week. But this takes the cake: Then I forgot to send the photo to Leanne! Yikes! Oh, here it is, anyway:

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MM 4-30 The North Side of the Porto Cathedral

The Porto Cathedral was built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style but has been modified and restored many times over the centuries and in many different architectural styles. In 1736 an Italian architect named Nicolau Nasoni added a Baroque loggia to the north façade. I took a shot of the central portion of this loggia and thought it would look pretty interesting in black and white and so it is my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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The Santiago Cathedral’s Interior

OK, we walked all around the Cathedral and I showed you pictures of all four plazas (see here, here, here and here) and all four Cathedral facades. Now it’s time to step inside and see what the Cathedral’s interior looks like.

We began our tour by visiting the cloister on the cathedral’s south side and then we entered the Cathedral from the cloister entrance.

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MM 4-29 View of Central Porto from the Porto Cathedral

The Porto Cathedral (Se do Porto) sits on a hill overlooking the River Douro to the south and west and central Porto to the north and east. I took this shot from the Cathedral Square (Terreiro da Se) looking north to the central city. It will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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MM 4-28 View of Hotel Garden in Santiago

We stayed at the Smart Boutique Hotel Literario San Bieito during our three days in Santiago. My sisters stayed with their Road Scholar tour group at a hotel a couple of blocks away. We visited them one day and I took this shot of their hotel’s garden. It will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Santiago’s Praza da Inmaculada on the Cathedral’s North Side

The Praza da Inmaculada in Santiago de Compostela is bounded by the Monastery of  San Martiño Pinario on the north, the Santiago Cathedral on the south, a few stores along Rua da Acibecheria on the east, and a few archdiocesan buildings on the west, one of which provides an archway to the Praza do Obradoiro. The square is also called Praza da Acibecheria, named after the black jet stone used by craftsmen who set up their shops in the square and made and sold their crafts and jewelry there. The Spanish word for this jet stone is “azabache.”

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Santiago’s Praza da Quintana and the Cathedral’s East Side

The most famous of the many doors on the east side of the Cathedral facing the Praza da Quintana is the Holy Door. This door is usually open only during Holy Years, that is when the Feast of St James on July 25th falls on a Sunday. The last Holy Year was 2010. The next Holy Year is 2021. But Pope Francis called for a special Holy Year in 2016 and so the Holy Door was open last year, too.

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