|Arco de Almedina, Coimbra - PORTUGAL|
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Arco de Almedina, Coimbra - PORTUGAL
Last week my mother went to Coimbra, her birthplace, and sent me this beautiful card of the Arco de Almedina (Almedina Arch) the entrance gate into the oldest part of that amazing town - a true live museum. That little shop you see near the arch has the cheapest postcards in town, and a nice selection of secondhand books - worth a visit! Thanks a lot mum... when are you going abroad again? This postcard took 7 days to arrive!
The Arco de Almedina in Coimbra is the gateway to the old city and is part of the 11th century wall built by the Arab conqueror Almansor. The tower over the arch has had many uses and in the 14th and 15th centuries was the Casa da Câmara, the equivalent of the town hall. It is presently the Municipal archive. The street leading uphill from the arch, the Rua de Quebra-Costas, translates aptly as ‘backbreaker’ street.