Saturday, January 10, 2015

Ponta Delgada - Azores

The cards in the previous post were from 2 islands in the Azores archipelago, these 2 are from another one, São Miguel island. Is easy to see that both show exactly the same place, Gonçalo Velho Cabral Square,  in ponta Delgada, where the "Portas da Cidade" - City's Gates, are located.
14 years separate these cards. The 1st one was sent by Zé a few days ago and the 2nd was sent in 2011  by Paula, a former penpal. 
14 years later the stamp prices are a bit different. In 2001 a stamp to Portugal was 0,26€ and now i've to pay 0,42€. And 14 years i've a lot nore cards than I had in 2001. I marked Paula's card as card nº 388 and now I've more than 7000!! 

The city's gates in Ponta Delgada are one of the city's architectural landmarks. 
Located nowadays in the city centre, in Gonçalo Velho Cabral Square, the gates were built in 1783 near an old dock in the east side of the city, having been transferred to this location in 1952. 

 ©  Maurício de Abreu
Classified in 1953 as National Trust Building, they're characterised by their three perfect round arches, boasting in the middle arch the Royal and city’s coat of arms.  The square floor is typically paved with dark basalt stones from the region and elegant bright marble brought from mainland.

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