Residencia do Sul
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... dress up occasionally. We have three formal nights on the 14 day cruise and this is the second.
At 7pm, we transited the Straits of Gibraltar and got a view of "The Rock". Unfortunately, the Captain could not pass closer than 6.5 miles to the southern side of the channel so we only got a distant misty view of this landmark – but better than the midnight view (we did not get) on our last passage back in 2008.
... though it was started in the 1500s, building and restoration work has continued throughout the centuries. The monastery was cared for by monks from the Order of Jerome until 1834 when all religious orders were disbanded and the government claimed the monastery.
The stone cravings in the monastery are beautiful and very delicate. Some craved stone looks like lattice. Many pillars have carved sea monsters on them. Other stone ...
... and climbing the chalet boulders for stunning views of the palace. (This park was unreal.)
Finally, we descended the hill back into town to visit Quinta da Regaleira, another Neo-Manueline wonder. This manor, chapel and gardens complex was built by a ridiculously wealthy businessman from Brazil. The complex was otherworldly. The villa itself was astonishing, especially the hunting-themed dining room with ...
... show any of the lavishness once bestowed upon the cathedral. The Ambulatory has nine Gothic chapels. The Capela de Santo Ildefonso contains the 14th century sarcophagi of Lopo Fernandes Pacheco, companion in arms to King Alfonso IV and his wife, Maria Vilalobos.
Another super cool thing about Lisbon is that the houses are all tiled, and the patterns on the tiles are pretty amazing. The tiles are called ...
battlements, looming over Lisbon’s historic central district. After
walking around on the castle walls and admiring the fantastic view
across the expansive bay of the Rio Tejo river, I walked down the
hill to the impressive National Pantheon, in which several important
Portugese are buried. I returned through the notorious, historic
Afalma area to the city centre, past the main square and up to the St
Roque’s Church, an ...