Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Vitória's cards

Vitória really enjoys to send cards everytime she travels. Just before the card from Azores, she had already sent these two, the 1st from Viseu and the 2nd from Castelo de Vide.

The Misericórdia Church in Viseu was built in the 18th century with an elegant Rococo façade. A broad flight of steps leads to the Baroque portico which has an exquisite balcony veranda above.

Castelo de Vide is a charming Alentejo village, located in a hill in the São Mamede Mountain range, in a place blessed by nature.
The pituresque white houses come up and down the hill, with the Castle at the top, where centuries of history have left its legacy.
There are several highlights in this beautiful town, like the gorgeous high Castle providing wonderful panoramas all around, but also other spots like the Jewish old quarter, one of the most important and well preserved examples of the Jewish presence in Portugal, dating back from the 13th century, and housing as well one of the biggest gothic civil architectural sets.
In the magnificent D. Pedro V Square is located the lovely São João Baptista Church, the Hospital, the Matriz Church and the Town Hall, surrounded by some elegant manor houses.
In front of Castelo de Vide is located the hill where the lovely Nossa Senhora da Penha Chapel is situated, providing a wonderful landscape over the village and the surrounding natural panorama. - in:

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