built by residents with the consent of King D. João I from 1425 onwards and
finished probably in 1446.
Due to the overlapping of multiple styles, for instance the
gothic portal crowned by an revivalist 20th century rose window, it is
perceptible that it suffered sveral changes and improvements along the
The Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, on the basis of
the bell tower has gothic inspiration and the portico of the Capela do
Santíssimo (nowadays Capela Beato Francisco Pacheco) dates from the
altars, both from the 18th century, to worship Nossa Senhora das Dores and Nossa
Senhora da Piedade (nowadays Nossa Senhora de Fátima) are remarkable due to the
richness of the carving works." In: Waymarking
The Lido at Sea Port is host to all enjoying the sunshine"
Peninsula (Afrikaans: Kaapse Skiereiland) is a generally rocky peninsula that
juts out for 75 km (47 mi) into the Atlantic Ocean at the south-western
extremity of the African continent. At the southern end of the peninsula are
Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. On the northern end is Table Mountain,
overlooking Cape Town, South Africa." In: Wikipedia
This is a stunning landscape of Ilulissat Icefjord from Greenland, an offer from "andreaeiko".
"Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the
Arctic Circle, Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord (40,240 ha) is the sea mouth of
Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap
reaches the sea. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest (19 m per day) and most
active glaciers in the world. It annually calves over 35 km3 of ice, i.e. 10%
of the production of all Greenland calf ice and more than any other glacier
outside Antarctica. Studied for over 250 years, it has helped to develop our
understanding of climate change and icecap glaciology. The combination of a
huge ice-sheet and the dramatic sounds of a fast-moving glacial ice-stream
calving into a fjord covered by icebergs makes for a dramatic and awe-inspiring
natural phenomenon." In: UNESCO
Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount
Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Sculpted by
Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore
features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of former United States
presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45
acres (5.17 km2) and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level." In: Wikipedia
This postcard was an offer from "Andreaeiko" from Brazil. It shows an interior view of the Sultan Ahmet Mosque or the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultanahmet Camii) is a historical mosque in Istanbul,
the largest city in Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire (from 1453 to
1923). The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles
adorning the walls of its interior.
built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques,
it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. While still
used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist
attraction." In: Wikipedia
Front side: "I had sex so my boyfriend wouldn't reject me. Now, I have a baby. And no boyfriend."
Back side: "Four in ten girls get pregnant by age 20. The only way to be sure you don't get pregnant - or get someone pregnant - is not to have sex. But if you do, use protection every time. Sex has consequences. www.teenpregnancy.com"
This was the last postcard from this group. "Ninocas" choose this view of Castro Marim, a small town at the Portuguese border with Spain. We can see the Church of Our Lady of Martyrs, the Castle and the International Guadiana Bridge.
Gibraltar is a very small country and was visited by "joaninha" last month. It's my first card from this country!
a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula
at the entrance of the Mediterranean. It has an area of 6.8 square kilometres
(2.6 sq mi) and a northern border with Andalusia, Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar
is the major landmark of the region. At its foot is the densely populated city
area, home to almost 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities.
Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from Spain in 1704 during the War of the
Spanish Succession. The territory was subsequently ceded to Britain "in
perpetuity" under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. It was an important base
for the Royal Navy; today its economy is based largely on tourism, financial
services, and shipping.
sovereignty of Gibraltar is a major point of contention in Anglo-Spanish
relations as Spain asserts a claim to the territory. Gibraltarians rejected
proposals for Spanish sovereignty in a 1967 referendum and again in 2002. Under
Gibraltar constitution of 2006, Gibraltar governs its own affairs, though some
powers, such as defence and foreign relations, remain the responsibility of the
UK Government." In: Wikipedia
"Palisades State Park Just Northeast of Sioux Falls, SD
Explore red quartzite pinnacles and chasms along Split Rock River in three parks at Garretson. Back road scenery, geology, history of prairie pioneers and legends of Old West bandits - Jesse and Frank James, are waiting for you to discover."
State Park is one of the most unique areas in South Dakota. Split Rock Creek,
which flows through the park, is lined with Sioux quartzite formations varying
from shelves several feet above the water to 50-foot vertical cliffs. Scenic
overlooks and rushing water make Palisades a popular getaway. The park is
popular among campers, photographers, sightseers, picnickers, rock climbers and
hikers." In: State Parks
"Andreaeiko" was at the 10th Postcrossing Meeting in São Paulo. She choose this great postcard for me. It shows the Christmas Tree at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, in Rio de Janeiro.
"Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, mostly known as "Lagoa",
is a lagoon and district in the Lagoa, Zona Sul (South Zone) of Rio de Janeiro.
The lagoon is connected to the Atlantic, allowing sea water to enter, by a
canal which is bordered by the park locally known as Jardim de Alá.
is surrounded by the districts of Ipanema, Leblon, Gávea, Jardim Botânico,
Copacabana, Botafogo, and Humaitá. It attracts quite a number of visitors
during the Christmas holidays due to its famous and gigantic Christmas Tree,
which is built over a floating platform that moves around the lagoon. The Eva
Klabin Foundation is located on the banks of the lagoon. The lagoon will host
canoe sprint and rowing events for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and rowing events
for the 2016 Summer Paralympics." In: Wikipedia
A beautiful black and white photo by Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976) named "The Silver Turban" (1930).
Wilding (10 January 1893 - 9 February 1976) was a noted English society
photographer from Gloucester. She wanted to become an actress or artist but
this career was disallowed by her uncle, in whose family she lived, so she
chose the art of photography which she started to learn from the age of sixteen.
By 1929 she
had already moved studio a few times and in her Bond Street, London, studio she
attracted theatrical stars and shot her first British Royal Family portrait of
the 17-year-old Prince George (later Duke of Kent). This sitting was eventually
followed by the famous Wilding portrait of the new Queen Elizabeth II that was
used for a series of definitive postage stamps of Great Britain used between
1953 and 1967, and a series of Canadian stamps in use from 1954 to 1962. A
previous portrait sitting of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Queen Consort of King George
VI had turned into a double portrait of the royal couple and was adapted for
the 1937 Coronation issue stamp. That portrait led to her being the first woman
awarded a Royal Warrant to be the official photographer to a King and Queen at
their coronation. She opened a second photo studio in New York in 1937.
autobiography In Pursuit of Perfection was published in 1958." In: Wikipedia
dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides, from the Greek words nukt-, "night" +
ereutēs, "wanderer" + prokuōn, "before-dog" [but in New
Latin used to mean "raccoon"] + -oidēs, "-oid"), also known
as the magnut or tanuki, is a canid indigenous to east Asia. It is the only
extant species in the genus Nyctereutes. It is considered a basal canid
species, resembling ancestral forms of the family. Among the Canidae, the
raccoon dog shares the habit of regularly climbing trees only with the North
American gray fox, another basal species. The raccoon dog is named for its
resemblance to the raccoon (Procyon lotor), to which it is not closely related." In: Wikipedia
"The Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park contains
one of the world's most spectacular waterfalls. The falls and associated gorges
are an outstanding example of river capture and the erosive forces of the water
still continues to sculpture the hard basalts. The complex of conservation
areas in Zimbabwe covers over 1,846,700 ha excluding forest reserves. The park
abuts Dambwa Forest Reserve in Zambia. The falls are the most significant
feature of the park, and when the Zambezi is in full flood (usually February or
March) they form the largest curtain of falling water in the world. During
these months, over 500 million litres of water per minute go over the falls,
which are 1,708 m wide, and drop 99 m at Rainbow Falls in Zambia. At low water
in November flow can be reduced to around 10 million litres per minute, and the
river is divided into a series of braided channels that descend in many
separate falls." In: UNESCO
(literally "Great Way") is an ornate and upscale shopping street
located in central Madrid. It leads from Calle de Alcalá, close to Plaza de
Cibeles, to Plaza de España.
street is one of the city's most important shopping areas, with a large number
of hotels and large movie theaters; it is also noted for the grand architecture
prevalent among many of its buildings. Now, most of the theaters are being
replaced by shopping malls.
considered a showcase of early 20th century architecture, with patterns ranging
from Vienna Secession style, Plateresque, Neo-Mudéjar, Art Deco and others." In: Wikipedia