Nature Notes

September 5, 2009

Silves, Portugal

Filed under: Cityscape,Portugal — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
Silves, Portugal

Silves, Portugal

Silves, located in the Algarve region of Portugal, has been an important center of the region throughout its history. It was especially so when it was under the control of the Moors in the Eleventh century, when it was considered the most important city in the Iberian peninsula.

In 1755 much of thew city was destroyed by the Lisbon earthquake although much of the 1000 year old castle remains to dominate over the city. There is a medieval bridge which is said to have a Roman foundation. The image of it below was used for a program shown on Discovery.

Medieval Bridge

Medieval Bridge

Of interest is the Cruz de Portugal, or Stone Cross of Portugal, which is a beautifully carved limestone cross with a Pieta scene on one side and Christ on the other. It is said to date from the 15th century although its origins are a mystery.

Cruz de Portugal

Cruz de Portugal

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