Sunday, March 14, 2010

Minho cards - Portugal

Minho is a region in northern Portugal, Américo "valdagua" visit the region a few days ago and sent me thse cards from there.

"North of the Vez River, stands the Paço de Giela, an abandoned tower with commanding view. It is one of the few remaining examples of Portuguese noble residence of the late Middle Ages.

The tower looks as though it might have been built in the fourteenth century, but it was probably rebuilt about this time, when King Joao I gave it and the lands surrounding it to Fernao Aires de Lima.

Some of its architectural history can be seen in the configuration of the tower's perpendicular parapets. There are Manueline elements - including a fine Manueline window and an original door - as well as some later periods.

Although the plan of the Paço de Giela may not be perfectly regular, it remains a traditional medieval house and tower. Why many of these perished is open to speculation, but certainly one reason for the survival of this one is the durable granite construction. Because of the relatively date of its building and the fact that it remains almost fully intact, it is considered to be one of Portugal's great historic monuments." - in: http://www.castelos.org/giela.htm

"Valença do Minho is a historical village the North of Portugal, located right in the border with Spain, separated only by the lovely Minho river, and surrounded by defensive walls in the top of a hill, showing its ancient defensive facet.
The village is characterized by the stone-paved narrow streets that show history on every corner, where a bustling typical commerce with traditional small shops specialized in hand made products of this region, such as gold, linen, basketry and also ceramics and pottery." - in:
http://www.guiadacidade.pt/portugal/index.php?G=monumentos.ver&artid=15608&distritoid=16

"Lindoso is a small village located in the North of Portugal, in the Minho region, situated in the border with Spain, in between the mountain range areas of Amarela Mountain and Cabril Mountain, on the left River bank of the river Lima.
Lindoso has 1300 inhabitants that are mostly dedicated to agriculture and shepherding, in this lovely mountain area, reaching up to 1365,5 meters high in the Louriça peak.
The village is composed by typical old granite houses, some ancient agricultural buildings with straw’s ceiling. Lindoso was, since the beginning of the Portuguese nationality, an important defensive point, as it is attested by its Castle, nowadays transformed into an interesting museum space.
Other important monument in Lindoso is its “Largo dos Espigueiros”, a square with several Espigueiros (a typical granite granary, raised from the ground by pillars ending in flat stones, to avoid the access of rodents, with grooves in the walls for ventilation purposes), situated in between the castle and the granite pillory, yet many other Espigueiros can be found in the region." - in:
http://www.guiadacidade.pt/portugal/?G=monumentos.ver&artid=15597&distritoid=16

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