Saturday, September 21, 2013

PORTUGAL - Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications

"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." -

So surprised and happy!
Thank you so much Joao for remembering me
during your summer vacation in this UNESCO Site!
Thank you so much also for completing my UNESCO cards from your country! ^-^

1 comment:

Joao Nogueira said...

You're welcome... it's always nice to send a card to someone you know will cherish it - and above all, a promise is a promise! ;)