Photographer's Note

Walking on the walls of Óbidos, this sequence of roofs ending up on Saint Mary’s Church, attracted my attention and remind me right way Led Zeppellin’s Stairway to Heaven
Hope you enjoy it

Church of Saint Mary
True masterpiece, this temple is one of the more extraordinarily beautiful of the West and of Portugal. It is supposed what will remount at the times of the Muslim occupation, having been rebuilt in the "Renaissance" period.

Of this monument, says José Saramago: " The Saint's Mary Church is, all links, a preciousness. is it immediately in the general proportion of the front, in the delicate doorway, in the robust and sober tower equipped with bells. And return it being there inside in the magnificent decorations of the ceiling, it celebrates of the eyes that are not tired of going through volutes, medallions and any more elements, where enigmatic and not much canonical figures are not lacking; is it also in the tomb of the "Alcaide mor" of Óbidos and of his woman, work attributed to Nicolas of Chanterenne and what is undoubtedly of the most beautiful of which the rebirth produced; is it equally for the paintings of Josefa de Ayala [Josefa d'Óbidos] (…) ”

Igreja de Santa Maria

Verdadeira obra-prima, este templo é dos mais extraordinariamente belos do Oeste e de Portugal. Supõe-se que remontará aos tempos da ocupação muçulmana, tendo sido reedificado no período renascentista.

Deste monumento, diz José Saramago: “A Igreja de Santa Maria é, toda ela, uma preciosidade. É-o imediatamente na proporção geral da frontaria, no delicado portal renascentista, na robusta e sóbria torre sineira. E torna a sê-lo lá dentro nas magníficas decorações do tecto, festa dos olhos que não se cansam de percorrer volutas, medalhões e mais elementos, onde não faltam figuras enigmáticas e pouco canónicas; é-o também no túmulo do Alcaide mor de Óbidos e de sua mulher, obra atribuída ao fertilíssimo Nicolau de Chanterenne e que é sem dúvida do mais belo do que o renascimento produziu; é-o igualmente pelas pinturas de Josefa de Ayala [Josefa d’Óbidos] (…)”

I stole this note from here where you can enjoy a picture from the inside of the church

Shooting Data
Nikon D40
2008/11/18 14:37:49.7
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/125 sec - F/13
Exposure Comp.: +0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Auto
Sharpening: Auto
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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