Friday, October 23, 2009

Loulé - Portugal

Celina found out my portuguese blog and joined postcrossing a few days ago. She's still trying to figure out how everything works but we've already arranged a swap.

© Michael Howard photography

Loulé "is a rural administrative and active market town with some remains of a castle dating back to the 12th Century. The Arab castle has been virtually destroyed leaving some walls still standing that are now surrounded by modern buildings. Like most other towns in the Algarve, most of the older potentially interesting buildings have been destroyed in the earthquake that occurred in 1755. Within the remaining walls is a museum with an explanation of what was in the past the grandeur of the castle. The various earthquakes that it has suffered through its history have damaged the 13th Century Church of São Clemente. However, its Gothic arches and side chapels are remaining from the 16th Century have survived." - in: www.portugalvirtual/_tourism/algarve/index.html

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