Sunday, December 16, 2012

Portugal 2012: Part 3

Let me resume my tale of my summer vacation by elaborating on the next stop of my journey! After a week in warm coastal Portugal's beaches, we decided to travel through super historic southern Portugal. The Iberian Peninsula's architecture was influenced by many different cultures throughout history, especially as part of the Roman empire, and because of Moorish occupation for several centuries (until the Portuguese gradually pushed them out through a series of wars). Anywho, we drove up to Beja, on our way to UNESCO site Evora (but that's for a different post!).

Beja Castle--look at the original stones, and the replacement ones! Such a difference.

A deteriorating archway to the castle...was this grassy area once an outdoor room? Or did the archway lead to a stable house or training grounds? Squee it's still so cool!
Detail of the door
The outer courtyard, as you enter through the big doors.

The inner courtyard, some winding steps, and a beautiful and interesting tower!
The parapet above the courtyard.

Look at that view! Here, the landscape is flat and dry, unlike the scrubby mountains.

Lichens on the rocks!

Another shot of the inner courtyard. That's a beautiful baroque church in the back!
A statue of a Medieval Knight ermehgerddd! I believe the statue was made of Limestone because it was soft enough that people had etched their names into it.

These photos were from within that beautiful tower. There was even a carved coffin lid that must've been for a high-ranking knight--and the date inscribed on the bottom said it was from the 13th century!

This knight had a big nose--and some SWEET armor, too.

For my hair that day I used the Hot Cross Bun Tutorial from The Beauty Department, even though it didn't come out well, but at least I tried.

The archway from the inner courtyard to the outer courtyard, with a nice little tree.

The baroque church and courtyard outside Beja Castle.

And so we commenced our journey to Evora! 

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