Monday, February 20, 2012

PT RR - Group 67 * I wish

For these I wish groups, i usually wish churches or any religious temples, castles and Unesco sites. In this group i've received a castle, another castles plus a Unesco site and a convent.

Francisco Mas, Lda

This isn't my 1st Silves card but its my 1st card of it's castle. The card was sent by Leninha.

Built by the Almoravid Arabs in the 11th Century, the Silves Castle is a reflection of the splendour attained by the Moors in the Algarve.Declared a national monument in 1910, it is today the finest monument, and more importantly, the best preserved castle in the Algarve. This impressive castle – built out of the red sandstone of the region and lath and plaster – is situated at the top of the hill, surrounded by a curtain of outer walls and eleven turrets. - in:

This card shows one of my favorite portuguese monuments, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, a Unesco whs since 1983. The card, sent by Gracinha, also shows Tomar's castle, built around 1160 on a strategic location, over a hill and near river Nabão. It has an outer defensive wall and a citadel with a keep inside. The Keep, a central tower of residential and defensive functions, was introduced in Portugal by the Templars, and the one in Tomar is one of the oldest in the country.

Casa das Recordações

Finally, a card from Guimarães sent by Manú "sapic12".

The St. António dos Capuchos Convent was built in 1663. It became an hospital in 1844.

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