The impressive Tree of Life Chapel in Braga, Portugal

While searching on the internet, one day we came across a very interesting chapel. It’s not the purpose of this structure that was alluring but the actual design of the chapel. As you enter the chapel, you’re overwhelmed by the exquisite décor. Three words could be used to describe this structure and those words are wood, natural light and minimalism.

Tree of Life Chapel

By far the mos impressive detail about this chapel is the fact that it was made of 20 tons of unadorned wood and without suing not even a single nail or metal firring. I really don’t are about the fact that this is a chapel. I wouldn’t mind spending an entire day in there. I especially enjoy the fact that the décor is so simple, minimalist, without overwhelming decorations or religious objects.

Tree of Life Chapel

Tree of Life Chapel

The structure is called Capela Árvore da Vida- Seminário Conciliar de Braga. This could be translated as “The Tree of Life – Chapel at St. James Seminary in Braga, Portugal. The chapel was designed by architects António Jorge Cerejeira Fontes and André Cerejeira Fontes with some help from sculptor Asbjörn Andresen.

Tree of Life Chapel

Tree of Life Chapel

Tree of Life Chapel

The chapel is currently used as an intimate prayer room, a place for quiet contemplation, In this case the décor has been extremely well chosen. The wooden interior is very inviting and the atmosphere inside is cozy and pleasant. In there it’s just you and your thoughts.



Published by in Interiors, on November 9th, 2011

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