Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Palácio da Bolsa & the Arab Room

The attention to detail in the Palácio is amazing - it's hard to stop taking photos and even though there are a lot here, believe me that it's only a fraction of those I took... This first photo is of a ceiling detail, showing the coats of arms of countries Portugal had commercial relationships with in the 19th century. Notice the U.S. in the center.

The ceilings are beautifully detailed with plaster and the light fixtures are just yummy:


The floors ain't bad, either.

The Assembly and Tribunal Rooms:

But the jewel here is the Arab room, built between 1862 and 1880 in Moorish Revival style:

The attention to detail here is just magnificent. The Stock Exchange must have been doing very well when this room was constructed!

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