Often regarded as the most influential architectural style
in Portuguese history; the Manueline style was seen heavily throughout Lisbon
during the 15th and 16th centuries. Named after the
Portuguese king, Manuel I, the style introduced greater ornamentation to
Lisbon’s architecture, and was used as a means of showcasing Portugal’s growing
wealth and prosperity.
What’s perhaps most fascinating about the Manueline style is
the incorporation of maritime elements, and depictions of great discoveries
across the seas. The Manueline tradition emerged just as Portugal was entering
its Age of Discovery, a time when Portugal was a world-leader in maritime
exploration – discovering Madeira, the Azores and a sea route to India.
Architects were quick to embrace the country’s growing
maritime influence and showcase this within their designs. Therefore, many
grand buildings were built around nautical themes, though sadly only a few