Part three of my trip on Oct 1st.
As I went around exploring a new park yesterday I realized that I had not yet written part three of last weekend's trip. I think part of the reason I put off this post, is that I did not understand this guides talk at all. Monasteries are very echoey places and he was speaking in a low tone; which is good to convey reverance, but not to talk to tour groups of 60 people one of whom (yours truly) needs things spoken loudly slowly, and well annunciated. Since I did not learn much this post will be mostly pictures of pretty stone work. This monastery dates back to the 13th century and there has been a lot of repairs over the years. If you look closely at the pictures (click to enlarge) you can see the difference between the repairs and the original work.
|This is one of the most emotional charged carving I have ever seen|
|I love buttresses|
|You know where these rocks came from|
|I loved this courtyard that stone wrok details were amazing, and different. Not al lot of effort was put in to make things match.|
|There was old painting on the ceilings. Apparently these were no original because they had they painting style of a later century.|
|Have I mentioned how I love the light here?|
|Best things about Monasteries are the gargoyles! Check out the rain pipe in the corner. Also the fact that both of those stone faces are looking at each other.|
|Look at the face in the middle, was it worn away with time or is it suposed to be a skull? Also you can see that two of the carvings are completely gone, while the one on the far right is newer.|