Alexandre Gamelas & Catarina Santos created the Old Portuguese Stuff website back in 2010 while living in New York and working as architectural designers away from home.
“It represents our selected view of a beautiful and culturally rich old Portugal which inspires us every day in our own architectural practice.
“Old Portuguese Stuff is a photo library in blog format. We post about old Portuguese buildings, interiors and details, even food and books.
The website is fully searchable and organised by architectural features, places and building types, as an ever-increasing record of a huge traditional legacy.
“By sharing it freely we hope it will become a great tool for architects, designers, decorators and craftsmen, as well as a source of inspiration to all Portugal lovers and visitors.
algarvedailynews.com is delighted to feature updates from Old Portuguese Stuff with the kind permission of Alexandre Gamelas and Catarina Santos.
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THE IRON DOORMassive hinges and bolts and a date: 1872. Ponte de Lima…
TOWERA simple circular stair in stone, unpainted only at the treads. There are no landings so the spiral is continuous, something which would be impossible today but which gives it so much grace. Coimbra, Seminário Maior. Francesco Tamossi and Giacomo…
CHEVRONThe choir-loft contains the organ keyboard and its walls are painted with images of more organ casework and pipes. A lantern with pulleys and counterweights hangs from the ceiling. The floors are in a stone chevron pattern, which continues into…
BIG DOORA tour de force door in intarsio is surrounded by a monumental stone arch, with pilasters and columns of different sizes. They make it into an Architectural element all its own, so monumental it almost becomes too large for the…
NEAPOLITAN STATUESMade by Neapolitan sculptors, the statues are also lit in a dramatic way. Some are encased in plaster decorated niches at the corners under the balconies, others at the side altars in stone, all Baroque. Coimbra, Seminário Maior. Francesco Tamossi…