Saturday, 26 January 2013

The Church of Santa Maria, Óbidos, Portugal

 Card no 354 - Manuel
This card came from Óbidos in Portugal.  The castle and walls of Óbidos were remodelled during the reign of King Dinis I (1279–1325).  The limestone and marble structure was strengthened and elaborated, while the keep was created in the 14th century, by King Fernando. By the time of the first remodelling project, the settlement had already grown beyond the gates of the castle.  The Church of Santa Maria, seen here, was the setting for the wedding of King Afonso V to his cousin, Princess Isabella of Coimbra, on 15 August 1441, when they were both still children aged 9 and 10, respectively.

The stamp represents the 100th anniversary, in 2012, of the creation of the Hall of Comedians.

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