About The Palace of Shingles in Coimbra is one of the most remarkable civil buildings of the sixteenth century in Portugal. Have Manueline are few dwellings that remain in Coimbra, but this is quite remarkable. The Palace was built Sub-Shingles on the battlement wall and encompassed one of the towers. Is close to the Tower and Anto College of St. Augustine, which has a magnificent cloister Mannerist (*).
It is constituted by different bodies Dois: House of Cima, or the House of Arc for the nascent street and house or home Under the Tower.
The low house is older and Manueline, and was built at 1514 by João Vaz and only extended to the opposite side, connected by arch footbridge in 1542-47, Renaissance-style.
The main facade of the house down is embellished by a small portal but surrounded by large and elegant decor naturalist in a truly original (Twisted, Calabria with thick knots, with decreasing chain rings). Aesthetically integrates the manufacture naturalist Mark Pires, epitomized by the Manueline portal (*) of Chapel of St Michael (***) of University of Coimbra.
Besides the beautiful Manueline doorway or other windows of the same type; spread across the walls of the buildings several dozen Renaissance bas-reliefs with busts of warriors, fidalgos, ladies, mythical and biblical figures, coming from the sculptor Jean de Rouen workshop that faced the street from the New College, this house also highlight the patio to the Italian.
The house under Today belongs to the Institute of Archeology of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra and the upper house is private property.
"The construction of this palace, on the one hand gives, for its strength and roughness, an almost warrior aspect, as dependence of the wall and the tower which joined, on the other hand takes the graces and ornaments of a Renaissance residence. Your Manueline door, so rich and unique reasons crowned by graceful frame within which stands a corroded cross trunks, some of its lacy windows, slowly darkened tone of the walls, the scenic effect of the arc, to the narrowness of the street and the half-light that bathes, give this place its own imprint which still fits harmoniously, Anto Tower and the old building New College. The whole of this building, independent of seasons dating, old arch which gives passage to rare passersby, clarity of attenuated and dark days and lonely nights, everything there is so archaic, as they age sem, dir would even medieval, why is this word that best fits the context, by another band that offer delightful and lyrical frame panoramas that this high open the Mondego, Santa Clara, o Choupal, riparian fields long stretch and tireless beauty, especially when, bridges or the multicolored nacre moonlight illuminate the”.1
Some more cognizant reader will know tell me why it is called the Hall-ub-About Shingles Shingles or?
1-Alberto Oliveira- Chart I-Portugal Beira Beira-Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; 1940.