Photographer's Note

I have choosen this title in Portuguese because "cu" means both heaven and sky and we can translate this therefore as "heaven as ceiling" or "the sky as ceiling".

I knew of this church in this pages thanks to a beautiful picture of Jose Elias (joseelias). I was so enraptured by it that I could not forget to visit this church when I was in Portugal in August.

Imagine how many times have you been bothered by the poor light when you try to photograph inside a gothic church. Here you do not have this problem and you can photograph these wonderful ribs "ad libitum".

But we must not forget that this church has a tragic story. In November 1st, 1755 there was a terrible earthquake in Lisboa. Of a population of 275'000 up to 90'000 were killed. The city should be reconstructed but these ruins of the Carmo Convent were preserved to remind Lisboners of the destruction.

It is remarkable to see that the structure was not damaged and this give us an idea of how solid was the gothic architecture.

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