Missionary and friend, Doug Fry, gave Dad and me a tour of Mafra Palace and Convent. (Mom was not feeling well and couldn't join us.)
One of 29 courtyards
Part of the structure served as a convent, although nuns never lived here, only monks! This is this a penitence room for the monks - including a weight to put around their neck, the whip that usually hangs next to the weight is missing.
One of 13 kitchens in the palace/convent
Infirmary for the monks
It's blurry, but you get the idea.
Looking through a window in one of the halls into the chapel which has 6 pipe organs!!
The large blue and white urns can be seen throughout the palace. They are industrial size potpourri pots that were kept burning when the palace was occupied to cover the other "aromas" (daily bathing had yet to come on to the hygiene scene...so you can imagine).
Would this be referred to as a great-great grandfather clock?
Europe's largest one room library which holds 35,000 volumes
Can you tell what the theme of this room is???