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Portuguese Architecture by Walter Crum Watson is an exquisite exploration of the architectural heritage of Portugal. With a meticulous attention to detail, Watson takes readers on a captivating journey through centuries of architectural marvels in this captivating book.

The author's passion for Portuguese architecture is evident throughout the pages, as he delves into the historical and cultural context that shaped the country's buildings. From the grand palaces and fortresses to the humble vernacular structures, every architectural style is carefully examined and celebrated.

One of the highlights of this book is the exceptional quality of the photographs and illustrations. Each image is masterfully composed, offering a visual feast that enhances the reader's understanding and appreciation of the structures. The intricate details captured in these images transport the reader right into the heart of Portugal's architectural landscape, showcasing the craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity of the architects.

Furthermore, Watson's prose is engaging and informative, making the book accessible to both architectural enthusiasts and casual readers. His writing style effortlessly weaves together historical anecdotes, technical explanations, and personal reflections, providing a comprehensive and holistic view of Portuguese architecture. The author's passion for the subject matter shines through his words, making the book not only educational but also a delightful reading experience.

What sets this book apart is its comprehensive scope. Watson doesn't limit himself to famous landmarks and iconic structures; instead, he delves into lesser-known gems and explores the significance of their designs within the wider architectural context. This approach lends a refreshing perspective to the subject matter, allowing readers to discover hidden architectural treasures that might otherwise go unnoticed.

While the book is undoubtedly a rich source of knowledge, it might feel overwhelming for those without prior knowledge of architectural terminology. However, the author's engaging storytelling style compensates for this, making it a valuable resource even for those less familiar with the technical aspects of architecture.

In conclusion, Portuguese Architecture by Walter Crum Watson is a must-read for anyone interested in the rich architectural heritage of Portugal. With its stunning visuals, meticulous research, and engaging prose, the book offers a comprehensive exploration of architectural styles and cultural influences that have shaped the country's built environment. Watson's passion and expertise shine through every page, capturing the essence and beauty of Portuguese architecture.

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[Illustration: FROM THE MARVILLA, SANTAREM.]

[Illustration: FROM THE MARVILLA, SANTAREM; ALSO IN THE MATRIZ, ALVITO, AND ELSEWHERE.]

PORTUGUESE ARCHITECTURE

BY

WALTER CRUM WATSON

ILLUSTRATED

LONDON

ARCHIBALD CONSTABLE AND COMPANY

LIMITED

1908

Edinburgh: T. and A. CONSTABLE, Printers to His Majesty

AOS MEUS QUERIDOS PARENTES E AMIGOS A ILL^{MA} E EX^{MA} SN^{RA} M. L. DOS PRADOS LARGOS E OS ILL^{MOS} E EX^{MOS} SNR^{ES} BARONEZA E BARÃO DE SOUTELLINHO COMO RECONHECIMENTO PELAS AMABILIDADES E ATTENÇÕES QUE ME DISPENSARAM NOS BELLOS DIAS QUE PASSEI NA SUA COMPANHIA COMO HOMENAGEM RESPEITOSA O.D.C. O AUCTOR

PREFACE

The buildings of Portugal, with one or two exceptions, cannot be said to excel or even to come up to those of other countries. To a large extent the churches are without the splendid furniture which makes those of Spain the most romantic in the world, nor are they in themselves so large or so beautiful. Some apology, then, may seem wanted for imposing on the public a book whose subject matter is not of first class importance.

The present book is the outcome of visits to Portugal in April or May of three successive years; and during these visits the writer became so fond of the country and of its people, so deeply interested in the history of its glorious achievements in the past, and in the buildings which commemorate these great deeds, that it seemed worth while to try and interest others in them... Continue reading book >>




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