Sunday, April 3, 2016

Christmas Meeting - Portugal

I know Christmas was almost 4 months ago but I still didn't have the opportunity to post the cards that Zé and Ninocas sent me. The meeting took place last December in Peniche. 

Paulo Renato da Silva
Remédios cross is located near the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Portuguese for Our Lady of Remedies) Shrine overlooking the ocean.
The cross is built in a lookout from where we can see the Berlengas Islands.
The actual cross is made of concrete, but,the pedestal is made of stone wich makes me believe that there was an older cross made of stone in this place and that cross was probably destroyed by the sea. - in:

Fotografia PostalPortugal
Built by decree of D. João III in 1557 and finished in 1645, it was considered by D. João III the main marine entrance to the PortugueseKingdom. The Peniche Fortress has important features: not only the typical star shaped form, but also the rounded bastion – the first fortification built in the Peniche peninsula – the Sentinel Tower and the Santa Bárbara Chapel.
This stronghold has seen its grounds used in many different ways, according to the needs and historical changes of each period. A military stronghold of vital strategic importance until 1897, it has been a shelter to the Boer refugees from South Africa in the early twentieth century, a residence for the German and Austrian war prisoners during the First World War, a political prison for the Estado Novo between 1934 and 1974, a temporary lodging for Portuguese families coming from the former overseas colonies in 1974, and from 1984 on it receives the Municipal Museum. - in:

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