Friday, November 22, 2013
Mafra National Palace - PORTUGAL - UNESCO TENTATIVE
The National Palace of Mafra is a beautiful XVIII century building, with one of the most amazing libraries I've ever visited and a major piece of the novel "Baltasar and Blimunda" by José Saramago, Portuguese Nobel prize of literature. I really can't understand why this is not a World Heritage Site yet, I hope UNESCO correct that mistake soon. Thank you very much Paula for this beautiful card (you promised to send it almost 3 months ago, but better late than never). This postcard took 9 days to arrive!
On 17th November 1717, in the presence of the King and his court, the first stone of the Mafra Palace was laid at an uncommonly flamboyant ceremony celebrated by the Patriarch of Lisbon. The works employed 50 thousand workers, in addition to the seven thousand soldiers who were involved in auxiliary work. The building has an imposing monumental presence, which is the fruit of its outstanding architectural design, particularly of the central part, the Basilica, and a discerning choice of materials and decorative features, which provided it with an almost unique splendour in the Europe of its day: polychromatic marbles from different origins.