Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Portuguese cards

4 wonderful cards i've received today sent by Ana "ninocas" from diferent portuguese places.

Some portuguese lighthouses and lighthouses stamps.

"Silves is a town and a municipality in the Algarve, southern Portugal. The city has a population of 10,800 inhabitants and the municipality reaches 33,830 (2001). The municipality of Silves is part of the district of Faro. Silves is the former capital of the Algarve and is of great historical importance."

"Cascais is a coastal town 30 kilometres west of Lisbon, with about 35,000 residents in the town. It is a cosmopolitan suburb of the Portuguese capital and one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Nowadays it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists."

"The Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) is a historical building in Porto, Portugal. The Palace was built in the 19th century by the city's Commercial Association (Associação Comercial) in Neoclassical style. It is located in the Infante D. Henrique Square in the historical centre of Oporto, designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The highlight of the Palace is, however, the Arab Room
(shown on the card), built between 1862 and 1880 by Gonçalves e Sousa. The room is magnificently decorated in the exotic Moorish Revival style, fashionable in the 19th century, and is used as reception hall for personalities and heads of state visiting Porto." - in: wikipedia.

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