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April 6, 2020

A Chapel of Bom Sucesso, Porto!

And here I am again, continuing my souvenirs of travels, all wonderful and bring many nice periods of my life. One of them was visiting Porto, Portugal. Always heard of Porto and love the drink, and finally was there. I have several posts but feels they have been too general, therefore, let me tell you about the Capela de Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso or Chapel of Our Lady of Success.

In the back of the shopping center (see later post) , there is a nice small Chapel, Capela de Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso, it dates from  1748, last renovated in 2005. It is done in a rectangular shape with two story façade. Stone staircase that give access to the balcony. Neo Classical in the façade with a portal with tympanum curved interrupted by windows. The Quinta do Bom Sucesso House and Chapel set is one of the few examples of 18C farm houses still in Porto, located close to the Rotunda da Boavista, in the city of Porto.

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The Quinta de Bom Sucesso was an old rural property on the outskirts of Porto. In the 18C and 19C, the area was still a relatively small city, and was surrounded by rural properties, belonging to the large families in Porto. This farm was built at the end of the 18C by António de Almeida Saraiva. This was one of the many wealthy merchants and bourgeois in the city, who used the country property for leisure. He built a nice house, with simple and slightly rural design and lines, and next to it, forming an L with the house, a baroque chapel, with a more elaborate design, which he dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso. He christened the farm as Quinta do Bom Sucesso. The chapel gained faithfuls, and according to the Parish Memories of 1758 , the chapel already had some devotees who came from the city of Porto to the chapel to pray and pray to the image of Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso . Today, the lands occupied by Quinta, formerly cultivated, are under the tar and cement of the streets and buildings of the urban Porto of our time, and the old property left the farmhouse and the chapel. These were in turn incorporated into the glass skyscrapers of Shopping Cidade do Porto. They are restored, they have kept their original exterior. The house is now a restaurant-bar; the Chapel was reopened for worship, in the care of the Missionaries of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity.

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The Cultural Heritage of Portugal on the Chapel House in Portuguese: Cultural Heritage of Portugal on the Chapel House of Porto

The Credit Agricole restaurant bar at the House in Portuguese: Casa Agricola restaurant at the House of Bom Sucesso

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This is a very nice monument in the middle of high rise buildings and blends well with the modernity of them . Hope you enjoy as it is a wonderful area to be at and I was just around the corner. Hope you enjoy the Capela de Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso and the restaurant too!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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April 6, 2020

The museums of Trier!!

Ok so usually when in Trier, Germany we go for the foodies and the old monuments in the oldest city in Germany. However, looking at the architecture of these monument we came into two we were nicely told worth to look into it. Of course, not seeing them all, but some and will have the will to come back and look for them more carefully. You like museums? These are worth the detour in lovely Trier our favorite city in Germany!

As to museums ,there are some nice ones as said, let me tell you a bit on them ok. The archeological museum and most important in Germany on the Roman period call in German Rheiniches Landesmuseum; and the City museum of Trier with a model of the medieval city or in German, Stadtmuseum Simeonstiff. 

The City Museum Simeonstift or Stadtsmuseum in Trier shows art and cultural treasures from the Middle Ages to well into the 21C. The exhibition is founded on a collection of valuable donations made by well-known citizens of the city. The artefacts on display are divided into a variety of sections, including paintings, sculptures, arts and crafts, Coptic textiles, furniture and small Oriental plastic art forms. The focal point of the permanent exhibition revolves around the history of the city of Trier. Regularly changing special exhibitions are dedicated to Trier’s native artists or to topics associated with the city. The collection is housed in the Roman building of the Collegiate of St. Simeon, which originates from the 11C and is directly adjacent to the Porta Nigra. Also worthy of note is the building itself, which boasts one of the oldest and rarely preserved two-story cloisters.

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The approximately 900 objects in the collection exhibition can be seen on 1000 m² of exhibition space. Models, interactive areas and a broad multimedia range of around 40 media presentations in the form of films, picture sequences and listening stations complete the visit. Visitors can discover the collection with free audio guides in different languages or organize a rally for children.

Tourist office of Trier on the City Museum in English: Tourist office city museum of Trier

The Archeological museum is a must; call locally the Rheinisches Landesmuseum was founded in 1877 as the Provincial Museum of the Prussian Rhine Province. In 1885–89 a proper museum building was built at the edge of the palace garden of the Electoral Palace (Kurfürstliche -see post) , just outside the Roman wall.   In 1904 the building was enlarged with three wings, and again in 1925–26, the south wing was replaced by a new office wing. In 1945 around 80% of the building was destroyed by bombs (WWII). The rebuilding campaign was finished in 1958. In the 1980s a new section was added.

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The Rheinisches Landesmuseum is one of the most significant archaeological museums in Germany, and is also one of the most important museums of Roman antiquity in Europe. The collection covers 200,000 years, from the Stone Age, the Romans and Franconians, to the Baroque period. Around 4,500 objects here tell the story of the region.

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Not only does the museum hold the largest collection of mosaics north of the Alps, but the largest hoard of Roman gold from Imperial times is also on display, with other coins in the museum’s coin cabinet. Another highlight is the gigantic stone sepulchres from Neumagen. The collection is focused on the Roman period, as Trier and the surrounding region acquired their greatest significance during this era. Augusta Treverorum, or Trier the oldest city founded in Germany, rose at this time from being a civil administrative centre to become the Imperial residence of the Late Roman Empire. This evolution is illustrated by the objects in the museum, making the museum a great addition to visiting the Roman buildings in Trier.

The official webpage of the archeological museum of TrierOfficial Archeological Museum of Trier

There you go two nice architecturally nice monuments and museums to boot in inner city Trier. A wonderful combination not to missed. And remember, happy travels, good health and many cheers to all!!!

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April 6, 2020

The Baths of Trier, Germany!

So let’s switch over to the neighbor and visit again my favorite city of Germany. Not only was the second city ever visited there it was the first one with the family and came back several times afterward; see my other posts on the oldest city in Germany, Trier!

However, as with so much to write in my Europe, often do so briefly and leave many places out or little shown me think. One of these was the Roman baths of Trier. This blog tells a bit more on them and we like it; hope you enjoy it too.

There are two major ones and we visited one but will give you both here, the Barbara and the Imperial baths of Trier. We visited the Imperial or Kaiserthermen. The Barbara baths have been closed to the public for a while now.

The imperial thermal baths of Trier (Kaiserthermen) are the remains of Roman public baths, impressive ruins still visible today. It seems that the thermal baths have never been put into service The preserved apses still present their Roman apparatus of white stones and red bricks which besides its solidity has a great aesthetic value.

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The site was built around the year 300 AD as a monumental complex dedicated to the emperor Constance Chlore and his son Constantine, who had made Trier their residence In accordance with Roman standards for such important public baths, they were fitted with numerous underground galleries for heating and draining water. The diameter of the masonry dome which overhangs the tepidarium reaches 16.45 meters.  After the transfer of the palace of Constantine to Constantinople these buildings remained disused, until the Valentinian emperor converted them into barracks in 360 AD. This new barracks could receive between 800 and 1,000 men of the mounted guard of Valentinien Only remained the primitive caldarium (hot bath), that is to say the eastern hall with its three apses and its entrance, a basilica with columns later used as a court.

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Later, the building was integrated as a fortified gate (Stadttor) in the medieval ramparts, one of the windows of the southern apse spanning the passage inside the city. It was only in 1808, when the old fortifications were demolished, that we fell on the foundations of the ancient baths, much larger than this gate.  Between 2005 and 2006, a reception hall for tourists and visitors was built at the site of the ruins to the north; it is also used for the seasonal entertainment that the site hosts , especially concerts and antique shows. The large palaestra or open-air gymnasium in the western part of the thermal baths, is today as a grassy area open to the public, still dotted with the ruins of the western part of the thermal baths, high in places of almost a meter. This palæstra occasionally hosts fairgrounds for the annual spectacle “Bread and games” or for other events, while the rest of the time city dwellers engage in various games and sporting activities. Today, you can visit the remains of the hall and the few underground galleries that have been cleared.

The tourist office of Trier on the Imperial Bath in English: Tourist office of Trier on the Imperial baths

The Center of Antiquities on the Imperial Bath in English: The Center of Antiquities on the Imperial baths

The Barbara’s thermal baths are the largest Roman thermal baths north of the Alps. Barbara’s baths were built in the 2C BC. When they were built, these baths probably extended over 172 × 240 meters. It is no longer possible today to recognize the initial hold of the building, because it served for centuries as a stone quarry for the houses and churches of the city before being finally mined with explosives .

The Barbara baths covered an area of 42,000 square meters, making them almost the size of six football fields. Here in the oldest public baths in the city, guests were offered wellness and relaxation at the highest level. In several baths some of them heated, and a swimming pool guests could spend time in an oasis of wellness with an adjoining cultural center, libraries, restaurants, shops and beauty salons.  The floor plan of the thermal baths is based on a North African model. Findings have shown that the thermal baths were richly fitted with marble and contained niches designed in the form of marine grottos. The facilities were used into the 5C, after which the baths were plundered for building stones. The baths were broken up and dismantled to make way for the creation of the suburb of Trier St. Barbara, which was named after a monastery that once stood on the site.

Only the foundations and the subterranean service tunnels have survived, but the technical details of the sewer systems, the furnaces, the pools, and the heating system can be studied better than in the other baths of Trier. Since 2000, the site has been closed to the public to carry out the preservation of the ruins. From 2009, a new presentation of the site will be offered to visitors. For preservation, the baths are closed to visitors as of 2014.

The tourist office of Trier on the Barbara Baths in English: Tourist office of Trier on the Barbara baths

The Center of Antiquities on the Barbara baths in English: The Center of Antiquities on the Barbara baths

So there you go finally shown these marvels in a beautiful city of Trier. Do not forget to visit the Imperial bath a wonderful area of history and ancient architecture. Hope you enjoy the tour of Trier and its baths.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

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