Saturday, October 29, 2011
Portugal - Historic Centre of Guimarães
Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church (Colegiada)
Sent by Paula, a postcrosser from Portugal.
The early history of Guimarães is closely associated with the establishment of Portuguese national identity and the Portuguese language in the 12th century. Guimarães is of considerable significance by virtue of the fact that specialized building techniques developed there in the Middle Ages were transmitted to Portuguese colonies in Africa and the New World, becoming their characteristic feature. It is an exceptionally well-preserved town illustrating the evolution of particular building types from the medieval settlement to the present-day city, and particularly in the 15th-19th centuries.