Esteemed members of the "Happy Few Club",
I hereby invite you all to a journey that will take us on a visit to 7 of the 21 national monuments considered eligible to a place among the 7 best in the country. I have made my choices, and here are my final results.
I could have made other choices indeed, truth be told. However, I've tried to take into account different architectural styles and different periods of Portuguese History.
The main conclusion? Choices are never easy…
So let's get started right now!
Belém Tower (detail): unique in the whole world, it's an accomplished example of the 16.th century Manueline architectural style with military purposes
On an island in the mid-course of the Tagus we find Almourol castle, a medieval fortress. No words can describe the wondrous view from the top of its walls
Nearby, Christ Convent at Tomar, and its most precious Manueline window
After the victory at the battlefield of Aljubarrota over the Castilians, D. João I had this monastery built nearby – Saint Mary of Victory – in Portuguese late Gothic style
… And our journey is finally going to take us to Coimbra, where we'll visit the Roman ruins of Conímbriga, a very well preserved archaeological site, the very birthplace of the university city of Coimbra.
I give you the list, just in case you may want to search for yourselves and to establish your own «Portugal's 7 Wonders» list. I believe you should! And if you're a Portuguese yourself I'm sure you should vote as well! Just go to www.7maravilhas.pt
Castelo de Guimarães
Castelo de Marvão
Castelo de Óbidos
Convento e Basílica de Mafra
Fortaleza de Sagres
Fortificações de Monsaraz
Igreja de São Francisco do Porto
Igreja e Torre dos Clérigos
Mosteiro de Alcobaça
Paço Ducal de Vila Viçosa
Universidade de Coimbra
Palácio de Mateus
Palácio Nacional de Queluz
Templo Romano de Évora
Enjoy your weekend!