Monastry of Batalha - Unfinished Chapels
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Monastry of Batalha - Unfinished Chapels

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The unfinished Chapels of the Batalha Monastry in Portugal. An octogonal arrangement of chapels - but no roof. Daylight inside, still coloured glass windows. Inside a church, but the sun is shining on your head. You can see that this makes people wonder.

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