Thursday, August 21, 2008

Portugal + Germany

Today was a nice day, 6 cards in my mailbox, 3 from Portugal sent by Américo "valdagua" and 2 from Germany sent by Phoenix.

An aerial view of Alcácer do Sal, a municipality in Portugal, located in the district of Setúbal.

Panoromic view of Palmela, gazebo, medieval castle and a fountain in S. João Square.

Palmela again with the castle, the gazebo and S. João Cinema, S. Tiago Church and garden.

"The Protestant Kaiser William Memorial Church is located in Berlin on the Kurfürstendamm in the centre of the Breitscheidplatz. The original church on the site was built in the 1890s. It was badly damaged in a bombing raid in 1943. The present building, which consists of a church with an attached foyer and a separate belfry with an attached chapel, was built between 1959 and 1963. The damaged spire of the old church has been retained and its ground floor has been made into a memorial hall." - in: wikipedia

"The Reichstag building in Berlin was constructed to house the Reichstag, the first parliament of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Reichstag until 1933, when it was severely damaged in a fire supposedly set by a Dutch communist, Marinus van der Lubbe, who was later beheaded for the crime.Today's parliament of Germany is called the Bundestag. The Reichstag as a parliament dates back to the Holy Roman Empire and ceased to act as a true parliament in the years of the Nazi regime (1933–1945). In today's usage, the German term Reichstag or Reichstagsgebäude (Reichstag building) refers to the building, while the term Bundestag refers to the institution." - in: wikipedia

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