|Mafra National Palace - PORTUGAL - UNESCO TENTATIVE|
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Mafra National Palace - PORTUGAL - UNESCO TENTATIVE
My sweet friend Ana Paula went to Mafra on a field trip with her students and before the visit to the beautiful palace she managed to send me this postcard - it's funny, after spending several months waiting for a promised card from Mafra, suddenly I've got 2 with a few days interval. Thank you very much Ana for the surprise (it's really nice to get a card when you don't expect it). This postcard took 4 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.