Sunday, July 11, 2010

July Alternative RR (1) - I

So i joined another monthly RR, this time the July Alternative RR (1). I'm supposed to receive 25 cards and 9 have already arrived.

This 1st card was sent by a dutch girl, Sheila, who lives in the Algarve region, Portugal.
On the card there's the Our Lady of Piety Chapel in Loulé. "It was built in the 18th century to replace an older construction, it is an excellent belvedere offering views over the city and the sea.
Of simple and humble architecture, the altarpiece of the main chapel, with a retable in carved wood from the 18th century, stands out. The image of Our Lady of Piety, from the 17th century, occupies a privileged position and is characterized by an intensely dramatic expression.
The origins of the local population´s devotion to the Sovereign Mother are lost in time. At Easter, there are feasts in her honour which culminate with a curious event: on the second sunday after Lent, a group of men carry the statue of the patron saint on a wooden framework, climbing at a running pace all the way that leads to the chapel." - in:

From Finland, a Suomenlinna card sent by Johanna "marnie".

Sauyee from Hong Kong sent this painting of the Liu Man Shek Tong Ancestral Hall. This painting was the 1st prize of the Historic Buildings Drawing Competition 2009 - junior category.
"This ancient historic building dates back to the 17th century. The family of Liu had migrated from Fujian province Sheng Shui way back in the 14th century. Fortune smiled on them and they became very powerful. They constructed the Ancestral Hall as a symbol of their good fortune.
The wall at the far end of this hall is lined with name tablets that pay homage to Liu ancestors through the centuries. Surrounding this shrine are painted murals, wood- carvings, stone sculptures and ceramic decorations.
The building itself is beautiful to behold. Built in the lines of Feng Shui, it boasts of green tiled roofs and low rise design. It stands out in sharp contrast to the surrounding buildings.
Hau Kui Shek consists of three main rooms and is the ancestral hall of the Hau Clan. The ancestral tablets of different generations are kept here and worshipped by their descendants." - in:

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