Sunday, October 19, 2008

Castrum Doloris

The castrum doloris or castle of woes was an often elaborate, theatrical structure, which shelters the catafalque of a deceased person of immense prestige or nobility. In the Philippines, the use of the castrum doloris persisted up until the end of the Spanish occupation. Seen here is a photo of the castle of woes built for the death of Alfonso XII of Spain, in the old Manila Cathedral.

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