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I am using the Papagolfade ritual as the main pretext to post this one, which is one of my earliest experiments with stitching with Hugin. I used 3 horizontal shots to make it and I still remember it was quite complicated to get rid of some distortions, a job that I couldn't do right.

This Monastery of Batalha is one of the most relevant pieces of Gothic architecture in Portugal. It was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castillians in the Battle of Aljubarrota, which took place nearby in August 1385 and was decisive to end a succession war that became known in History as the 1383-1385 crisis. All started because the Portuguese king Fernando I died leaving only one legitimate daughter, who had married the Castillian king when her father was already about to die. This marriage was a strong argument to the union of Castilla and Portugal, the most powerful kingdoms of Iberia (Spain only appeared as a country 100 years later), something with which many Portuguese disagreed. The result was a civil war that looked much more like a war between Portugal and Castilla because the Portuguese who sided with the Castillian king were outnumbered and had much less military power by their own (that is, without the aid of the Castilla crown).

The construction began in 1386, only one year after the battle and went on until the early 16th century, when all the construction work stopped completely, leaving unfinished one of the most amazing parts, the Capelas Imperfeitas (Imperfect or Unfinished Chapels) still have no roof. The skilled masons, sculptors and the main architect were needed to build another jewel of the Portuguese architecture, the Jerónimos Monastery, which was built to commemorate the discovery of the maritime route to India by Vasco da Gama in 1497.

The monastery is classified as "World Heritage Site" since 1983.

WS's: #1- the uncropped stitched image without perspective correction; #2- a closer view of the door.

Some months ago I posted a photo of a stained glass window, which has two attached WS's, one with a fountain in the cloister, and another one with the Capelas Imperfeitas (Imperfect or Unfinished Chapels).

Location (latitude, longitude): 39.6588,-8.8266

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