Freshly cleaned, the grave of D. Pedro I looks even more like a piece of stone jewelry. The delicacy of the curls of angels and the feathers of their wings, the draping of D. Inês de Castro’s dress in the scenes depicted in the Rodas da Fortuna and da Vida, or the wrinkles on the forehead of a demon in one of Die Segments that count are now particularly clear. The life of Saint Bartholomew.
Now that the initial work has been completed on this 650 year old burial arch, one of the jewels in the sculpture of the Alcobaça Monastery, it is time to wait for the report of its conservative restorer André Varela Remígio and begin planning the next phase.
Remígio removed all traces of silicone that had been created in 1991 by a grave form for an exhibition in Europália. Traces that corroded the stone by accumulating water and removed much of the mortar that covered the hole it was opened, according to local tradition, by the French who occupied the monastery during the Peninsular War (1807-1814).
What can now be seen in this segment is the masonry, made up of fragments of the tomb itself, connected by a mortar of lime and sand that will have been created immediately after the destruction, explains Ana Pagará, who has been the monastery for six Years ago. “Without the other mortars covering the hole, we can now identify volumes of figures and architecture that we believe came from the tomb itself,” says the Conservative, adding that she is the Director General of Cultural Heritage, Bernardo Alabaça asked. To approve the removal of these fragments, try to reconstruct “the possible” with them.
“We know that it will be like putting a puzzle together and that we cannot use it the way it was in the original, but we will try to restore what is possible to restore what is lost gone when the stone was broken. “”
The director of the Monastery of Alcobaça adds that before the removal of the mortars, a laser scanner of the tomb was made by a team from the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Lisbon and that “finally” a photogrammetric study of the fragments is then carried out (technique based on the measurement of dimensions through photographs and based on observing the same object from different angles).
The grave of D. Pedro is on the south arm of the transept of the church, on the side of which was originally that of D. Inês Daniel Rocha
Several stone and mortar samples were also collected for analysis at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. “We want to know whether the ark is made of the so-called Ançã stone, a limestone bank in the Coimbra region that was reserved for the royal family,” says Ana Pagará, guaranteeing that the studies and analyzes will remain outside the grave. contrary to what is happening in D. Dinis, D. Pedro’s grandfather, in the monastery of Odivelas: “Our intention is to stop at the ark. We know that there is wooden formwork inside, but we haven’t looked any further, no intervention is planned as with Odivelas. “Remember that the funerary arch of D. Dinis was recently opened and its contents are being analyzed by a multidisciplinary team.
The study, which Ana Pagará plans to start shortly, will be carried out abroad, but will also include researchers from various Portuguese and foreign fields of knowledge and will cover both the grave of D. Pedro I and that of D. Inês, the Galician woman that the king voted for his wife and that he wanted to be crowned in the monastery of Alcobaça.