woensdag 17 juni 2009

Europe RR - UNESCO Group 3 - Sintra

The Europe RR was completed for me with this great card from Portugal . It shows the landscape of Sintra and was send by Rita_simoes. It is an UNESCO site as well and my second from Portugal.

In the 19th century Sintra became the first centre of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and in the creation of a park blending local and exotic species of trees. Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding serra, created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe.

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