|UNESCO #1367 - Garrison Border Town of Elvas and Fortifications - PORTUGAL|
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Elvas - PORTUGAL - UNESCO #1367
Today I had one of the joys that only another POSTCROSSING can understand... the feeling on opening the mailbox and find a official card, from a UNESCO place (16 down, 946 to go by the way) from my own country and from a user I know from the Forum - it's really something! You understand me, don't you Martinha? Thanks for this nice Elvas card, I'm going there next month, but sent by another person has another value. This postcard took 5 days to arrive!
The site, extensively fortified from the 17th to 19th centuries, represents the largest bulwarked dry-ditch system in the world. Within its walls, the town contains barracks and other military buildings as well as churches and monasteries. While Elvas contains remains dating back to the 10th century ad, its fortification began when Portugal regained independence in 1640. The fortifications designed by Dutch Jesuit padre Cosmander represent the best surviving example of the Dutch school of fortifications anywhere. The site also contains the Amoreira aqueduct, built to enable the stronghold to withstand lengthy sieges.