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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
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Invisible Waters of the Monastry of Jerónimos



Water was a critical element in the monastery life and its spaces, which have since been transformed. Can you imagine the cloister of the Monastery of Jerónimos, its central space, occupied by a large deep square tank? Behind the monumental building there was ‘the enclosure’, a large walled property, which spanned the slope of Restelo with agricultural fields, vegetable gardens, orchards, quarries, chapels and ‘invisible waters’. However, with the urbanisation of these lands during the 20th century, these monastic references have apparently disappeared.

Speaker: Fernando Teigão Santos

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