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Enormous Camino (Francés) Mosaic at Poio Monastery

jungleboy

Nick
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 2017
Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
Português 2020
Today at Poio Monastery on the first day of the Variante Espiritual, I saw a huge and impressive mosaic celebrating various locations on the Camino Francés. It was designed by Czech artist Antoine Machourek and created from 1989-92 (unfortunately he died in 1991, before it was completed). The mosaic is 80 metres in length, going around three sides of one of the monastery cloisters, and contains 1 million tesserae.

Here are some photos of a few sections:

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jungleboy

Nick
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 2017
Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
Português 2020
Wow -- that is impressive! Is the Poio Monastery on the main route, or is it a side trip?

It’s on the main route so I was surprised that I couldn’t find a previous post here about the mosaic. The monastery was interesting for other reasons as well so for €2 it’s definitely worth going into.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
Today at Poio Monastery on the first day of the Variante Espiritual, I saw a huge and impressive mosaic celebrating various locations on the Camino Francés. It was designed by Czech artist Antoine Machourek and created from 1989-92 (unfortunately he died in 1991, before it was completed). The mosaic is 80 metres in length, going around three sides of one of the monastery cloisters, and contains 1 million tesserae.

Here are some photos of a few sections:

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Brilliant! Thank you.

samarkand
 

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