Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sé Velha, Coimbra - PORTUGAL

This card shows one of the oldest Portuguese churches (certainly the most well-preserved) built in the XII century by order of our first king. It's a very beautiful and peaceful place and I wonder why didn't UNESCO classified it when they add the University to the WHS list. Thank you very much Eduardo for sending me this card. This postcards took 6 days to arrive!

Sé Velha (Old Cathedral), Coimbra - PORTUGAL
 
The Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Sé Velha de Coimbra) is one of the most important Romanesque Roman Catholic buildings in Portugal. Construction of the "Sé Velha" began some time after the Battle of Ourique (1139), when Count Afonso Henriques declared himself King of Portugal and chose Coimbra as capital. The first Count of Coimbra, the Mozarab Sisnando Davides, is buried in the cathedral.


 

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