Thursday, September 6, 2012

Monsanto - Portugal

These are more touchnote cards. I've visited Monsanto last July but didn't find decent cards - the quality, image quality, of those i found was really bad. I went to the tourism office and they didn't have any cards!! But i took a few pictures there and turned them into these cards.

 Photo by Marta Cairrão
Monsanto is also an Historical Village but this one is not located in my district.  The village is also considered to be the most Portuguese of all Portuguese villages.
Monsanto is the perfect result of a harmonious fusion of nature and its geographic roughness with the man action throughout the centuries. This connection lead the way into curious utilizations of caves and cliffs converted into construction pieces.
Apart from the urban set and the castle, Monsanto still maintains several military and religious exemplars.

 Photo by Marta Cairrão
This is the Misericórdia Church, with a Romanesque influence, built in the 16th century. On the left side there's the Lucano Tower built in the 14th century, where the “Galo de Prata” (the silver rooster) was placed when Monsanto got the award of the most Portuguese of all Portuguese villages in 1938. - in:

Photo by Marta Cairrão
King Afonso Henriques conquered Monsanto from the Moors and, in 1165, granted it to the Templar monks who had the Castle built under the orders of Gualdim Pais.
In the 19th Century, the imposing Castle of Monsanto was partly destroyed by the accidental explosion of the munitions storeroom. - in:

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