The monastery of Santa Maria de Vitoria in Portugal

Miscellaneous JustaSurname August 8, 2016 0 0
In 1385 they began the construction of the monastery of Santa Maria de Vitoria in Batalha. It was built over 200 years to realize the lime sandstone building. It was built in Gothic style and has many decorations by many turrets on the roof and gargoyles that decorate around the monastery. Naturally maintenance also belongs to such buildings and started in 2013 with restoration work carried out by local artists

Maintenance and Budget

Necessary maintenance
By influences of weather and traffic maintenance was necessary and was started with the necessary restoration work in the autumn of 2013 and around the monastery. The square on the side of the Unfinished Chapels has been refurbished and fitted with a special layer of gravel. The tower was completely covered in scaffolding and the wall at the edge of the square looked impoverished and has since been restored. In the spring of 2014, the last work has been completed.
B] Required Budget
There was a distinction in funding for the monastery and the surrounding square and the wall around the square. The budget of the monastery came from the cultural heritage in Portugal, called Direção Geral do Património Cultural. Everything outside the monastery, so the square and the wall around the square was borne by the municipality.
Monastery Tower
Restoration proved necessary because the limestone was pretty ratty making the tower was unstable and therefore dangerous. During restoration work proved more severe than expected so worked extra caution by the staff to save the tower and to ensure their own safety. In the future it is intended that the tower will be open to the public. If it is not yet clear. Besides the restoration, everything got a cleanup giving details of the towers were nicely visible again. The walls were given special treatment after cleaning to protect the weather.
116 French Lilies!
Work on the wall near the square was carried out by a local company where two artists were involved. They had been commissioned by the municipality to renew the French lilies of the wall and restoration. For years, these lilies adorned the wall but they were stopped by all influences or perish! This was precision work to bring everything back to its former state.

Machining process tower and lilies

First, all of the cement to the remaining parts of the towers and lilies removed. This cement layer appeared over the years the underlying limestone and wood eaten away to have. And this stone had just can breathe ?? ??, what with a cement layer was not possible. After the removal of the cement to the remainder of the lily or tower was processed so that it remains firmly in the future. It often rotted wood was replaced with lead. And after filling with lead object was rebuilt with limestone or cut.
Protective layer in the summer!
An extra layer of protection against algae was applied during the dry period. It had been dry for fifteen days because the protective layer must not have contact with water in order to do his job as well as possible.

Visit the monastery

When one comes to visit Batalha, visit the monastery. The monastery is just on 1st Christmas Day and New Year closed. All other days visitors are welcome. On Sundays and public holidays until 14:00 free entry, and then on other days costs a ticket ?? 6.00. Definitely worth and do not forget to watch the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier from the First World War.