Tuesday, July 26, 2011

6h Postcrossing Anniversary Meeting

Like the previous 2 years, some portuguese postcrossers gathered in a meeting to celebrate another postcrossing anniversary. This year the meeting was in Tomar on July 16th, 2 days after the postcrossing anniversary. Unfortunatelly i wasn't able to celebrate with them but i've received this 3 lovely postcards.

The postcrossers there were: Paula "geminiscp", Ana "ninocas" and her son Dudu; Joana "joaninha", Carole "cloable", Vitória "blicas blocas", Helena "leninha", José "zepombal" and the other José "pilotOne".

This lovely card was sent by Paula and it shows the Church of Saint John the Baptist on a Tabuleiros Festival day. This is the main church of Tomar, was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and is located in the main square of the town.

The Tabuleiros Festival is an important festival that takes places every four years. The last one was the weekend before the meeting.

This festival is an ancient tradition of the city. It originally begun in a little village of the city, called Carregueiros. The population parades in pairs with the girl carrying a tabuleiro on her head.

One of the Josés, "pilotOne" sent me this card with a tabuleiro in detail. The tabuleiro is made of 30 bread, either 6 rows of 5 or 5 rows of 6 and its decorated with flowers. At the top of the tabuleiro one can find the crown which normally contains either the white fowl, symbolising the holy spirit, or the esfera armilar, a symbol revaluing the Portuguese maritime expansion.

The 3rd card was sent by Vitória and it shows the Church of Santa Maria do Olival. The church was built in the second half of the 12th century by the provincial master of the order of the Knights Templar in Portugal, Gualdim Pais. It was used as a burial place for the Knights Templar of Tomar and, later, by the Knights of the Order of Christ, which succeeded the Templars in the 14th century. Gualdim Pais is buried in the church, and his original tomb slab, dated from 1195 and bearing a gothic inscription, is still preserved inside.

The current building is mostly the result of a reconstruction carried out in the 13th century in early Gothic style. - in: wikipedia

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