Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mini Meeting in Porto - Portugal

I'm back from my wonderful holidays. After almost 2 weeks travelling i've tons of cards to count, organize, scan, upload.... I'd like a few more free days but i'll start working next thursday.

While i was out i've received a few cards, including 3 that i've sent to myself. The 1st one is this from Porto at the beginning of the month. I went there to meet 2 portuguese postcrosser friends, Joana "joaninha" and Miguel "leugim" and we had a great mini meeting.

We walked a bit around the city, visited a museum and a few of Porto monuments. One of those monuments was the S. Francisco Church, the city's most important Gothic temple. It's construction began in the fourteenth century. The extensive 17th and 18th baroque decoration is a profusion of gilt wood carvings in the vault pillars and columns: cherubs, plants, and animals dripping with gold -- note the "Tree of Jesse," dating from 1718.

The little that is not covered in pure gold (it is said that there is 400kg of it here) such as the wide-ribbed Gothic arches, is made of marble.

There is a museum housed in the catacombs below consisting of artifacts from the former monastery.

Beneath the flags of the cellar are thousands of human bones, stored to await Judgment Day.

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