November 2, 2009

An older door

The San Agustin Church in Intramuros, unlike the Manila Cathedral, was able to survive WWII. In fact, it is the oldest known church still standing in the Philippines. It was completed in 1607 and the magnificent carved doors, slowly and carefully being stripped of the grime of the centuries, bear the pierced heart of Jesus and bible symbol of the Order of St. Augustine. Through the door, you can see a portion of the arched vestibule. Looks like relief, doesn't it? But it isn't. The entire interior walls and ceiling of the San Agustin Church is covered with amazingly realistic trompe l'oeil ornamentation.

door and vestibule of the San Agustin Church

22 comments:

Jacob said...

Very intricate and very beautiful...and it's good to know that it's all being brought back to life...

James said...

Both the door and ceiling are wonderful works of art. I can only imagine the amount of skilled work that it took to make them. Like the saying goes "They don't make things like that anymore."

Don and Krise said...

You really went "all out" on the doorway theme didn't you? I'll assume the rest of the church is as intricate and beautiful as this door and entrance.

Nice theme day contribution Hilda.

Leif Hagen said...

Fantastic door - wowy details! Take us throw the doorway, inside with your lens . . . (hint, hint)

ellievellie said...

I've seen many carved woods, but this one is a true beauty. I like every curve and dimple on it! It is in great harmony with the ceiling!

Vogon Poet said...

Everything is beautiful in this photo, but the mind goes to those excellent craftsmen who carved this door. When I was much younger there was still some very capable artisan here in Tuscany, but they were already old and nobody then wanted to learn this craft anymore.

Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable details, this door is really beautiful!
Léia

Irredento Urbanita said...

A little universe in that big door. Lovely.

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Amit Gupta said...

awesome ...I love such huge doors with such intricate work ....
Re: Well the temple is in fact painted in cream and pink....but I grey scaled it to get the look....:D
Thanks for the comment
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Halcyon said...

That is a beautiful door - and with so much history. I'm glad it made it through the war. Thanks for sharing!!

Tanya said...

Amazing detail, I love it Hilda!

Frank said...

Wow, Hilda, those doors are fantastic...just beautiful. We don't see carvings like that from 400 years ago around here. You know I love trompe l'oeil. I can not get enough off it and look for it everywhere. Really terrific doors - I knew you would find extraordinary ones.

Nice post!

Lois said...

It is so beautiful Hilda!

BeachILike said...

It is very beautiful wooden craft.

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Corker2 said...

It's great that the church survived WWII. That door is one amazing carving! Can you imagine the time that it took to make it?

Les

Dina said...

Both door and ceiling are amazing.

marley said...

Such amazing carved detail. And the ceiling too!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and lovely !! This is so fine !!

JM said...

Great juxtaposition! Both carving and trompe l'oeil are gorgeous.

Avignon said...

It is a wonderful work !

the donG said...

i want doors like ths when i have my own house. and i want those made in paete.

George said...

This is a very beautiful door, and the vestibule looks beautiful as well.