"Cloister of Dom Dinis" Alcobaça Favorite Tip by Martin_S.

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  Cloister of Dom Dinis, Alcobaca, Portugal
by Martin_S.
 
  • Cloister of Dom Dinis, Alcobaca, Portugal - Alcobaça
      Cloister of Dom Dinis, Alcobaca, Portugal
    by Martin_S.
  • Cloister of Dom Dinis, Alcobaca, Portugal - Alcobaça
      Cloister of Dom Dinis, Alcobaca, Portugal
    by Martin_S.
  • Cloister of Dom Dinis, Alcobaca, Portugal - Alcobaça
      Cloister of Dom Dinis, Alcobaca, Portugal
    by Martin_S.
  • Cloister of Dom Dinis, Alcobaca, Portugal - Alcobaça
      Cloister of Dom Dinis, Alcobaca, Portugal
    by Martin_S.
  • Cloister of Dom Dinis, Alcobaca, Portugal - Alcobaça
      Cloister of Dom Dinis, Alcobaca, Portugal
    by Martin_S.
 

Favorite thing: It is named after the reigning king of the time, the King Dom Dinis, the first Portuguese king who could read, an enlightened monarch who probably deserved the honor of having a monumental cloister with his name.

Please note that it said "the first Portugese king who could read"...back in 1300 or so. And here I always thought that the upper classes could all read, not necessarily "educated" in our sense of the word today, but at least they could read and were "informed".

The last photo shows a lavabo, now I had to go look that up and there is a complete and in detail explanation here:
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09044b.htm
But in short it means "a place to wash your hands". So why not call it a sink??

Fondest memory: http://portugal-discovery.com/2011/03/cloister-of-silence-dom-dinis-alcobaca-monastery/
http://www.pbase.com/joseelias/mosteiro_de_alcobaca

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 25, 2011
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