Saturday, January 7, 2012

Portugal x World RR - Group 17

Time now for portuguese cards. These are from Barcelos, Sines and Lisbon.

Guia Turístico do Norte

I've only been to Barcelos once and that was a long time ago. I wanted to visit it agin last year but it wasn't possible. Miguel "leugim" knows that and sent me this card from there.

Barcelos is a city in northern Portugal. Its famous symbol is a rooster, the Rooster of Barcelos.

No rooster on this card though. It shows the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, destroyed by an earthquake in 1755, now an open-air museum and the medieval bridge, built between 1325-1328.

Some of the 1st cards in my collection are from my Sines but this is the 1st card i received from there by postcrossing. It was sent by Gracinha.

Sines is a coastal city in the district of Setúbal, in the Alentejo region. The card shows the castle,
initiated as protection from pirates in 1362 and the parish church.
Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese explorer and the commander of the first ships to India; for a short time (in 1524) he was Governor of Portuguese India. He was born at the Sines castle where his father Estêvão da Gama was the local alcalde.

Photo by Jorge A. D. N. Costa

This was the 1st card Miguel "maique" sent me and i already had it. Ninocas sent me some time ago. It shows the 25 April Bridge and the Águas Livres Aqueduct in Lisbon.

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