Monday, September 02, 2013

Elvas - PORTUGAL - UNESCO #1367

On my way to Monsaraz I've made a small detour and went to Elvas, the beautiful fortified city on the border between Portugal and Spain - the view over Alentejo is simply breathtaking. And of course I've sent to myself two postcards to engross my collection! This postcard took 5 days to arrive!
UNESCO #1367 - Garrison Border Town of Elvas (Amoreira) - PORTUGAL

UNESCO #1367 - Garrison Border Town of Elvas (Aerial View) - PORTUGAL
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.

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