The tones and shapes through these arches at Chijmes in central Singapore caught my eye. A re-launched entertainment and dining complex, it derives its name from its original life as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ).
The Knights Templar had played a crucial role in Portugal attaining independence in 1139. Around 1190, they had already established their headquarters in the Castle of Tomar, the largest and best preserved European Templar settlement, recognized by UNESCO as a a Worl Heritage site.
The Mafra National Palace has one of the most important Portuguese libraries, with a valuable collection of approximately 36,000 volumes, true repository of knowledge. To highlight some rare works like the collection of incunabula (printed works until 1500) or the famous “Nuremberg Chronicle” (1493), as well as several Bibles or the first encyclopedia (known as Diderot et D’alembert), the illuminated books of hours. XV and still an important core of musical scores of Portuguese and foreign authors, as Marcos Portugal, j. de Sousa, João José Baldi, among others, especially written for the set of six historical organs of the Basilica. To establish the importance of this collection, a Papal Bull granted by Pope Benedict XIV in 1754, in addition to prohibiting, under penalty of excommunication, the deviation or loan of printed or handwritten works without a license from the King of Portugal, grants you permission to include in its collection the forbidden books by the Index.