|Buçaco Forest Park - PORTUGAL - UNESCO TENTATIVE|
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Forest Park of Buçaco - PORTUGAL - UNESCO TENTATIVE
My second card from the magnificent forest of Buçaco (or Bussaco) arrived today, this time sent by myself right from the center of the park (they have a little shop with postcards and a maibox right in front... unfortunately the mail stamp doesn't say BUÇACO but MEALHADA instead, the nearest municipality with postal office). This is a wonderful place, still recovering from the cyclone that teared down thousands of trees last January. Luckly the oldest part like the "Floresta Relíquia" (Relic Forest) that you see on this postcard survived almost flawless. This postcard took 3 days to arrive!
Measuring 1450m by 950m, the National Forest is surrounded by a wall with several gates scattered around the perimeter, providing access to the leafy woods which surround the church, part of a Carmelite convent, a monumental palace, and several other buildings of a religious nature. Buçaco's cultural landscape predates this, the only "wilderness” of its kind in Portugal, which was created by the Order of Discalced Carmelites between 1628 and 1630.