Friday, May 24, 2013

Historic Center of Guimarães - PORTUGAL - UNESCO #1031

The majestic city of Guimarães in the northern region of my country is sometimes called "The Craddle of Portugal" because it has here that, in 1110, was born our first king, D. Afonso Henriques, the founder of this great nation in 1143 - all the historic center is a UNESCO designated site, but the castle has a special importance. Thank you very much Eugénio for this double swap. With this one the counting rise to 30 sites in my collection - only 932 to go. This postcard took 2 days to arrive!

D. Afonso Henriques statue in Guimarães
UNESCO #1031 - Castle of Guimarães - PORTUGAL

The historic town of Guimarães is associated with the emergence of the Portuguese national identity in the 12th century. An exceptionally well-preserved and authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town, its rich building typology exemplifies the specific development of Portuguese architecture from the 15th to 19th century through the consistent use of traditional building materials and techniques.

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