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Porto - My birth town

Porto is full of churches. Some are impressive because of size, style, etc., and others are minimal in every aspects. But almost all have in common being old, very old sometimes ... like this one (although more or less reconstructed).
Something very typical too from Portugal is AZULEJO (meaning ceramic tilework). Azulejos as the ones portrayed have become a typical aspect of Portuguese culture, manifesting without interruption during five centuries the consecutive trends in art.

These azulejos represent Infante Henrique, Duke of Viseu KG (Porto, March 4, 1394–Sagres, November 13, 1460) who was an infante (prince) of the Portuguese House of Aviz and an important figure in the early days of the Portuguese Empire. He is known in English as Prince Henry the Navigator or the Seafarer (Portuguese: o Navegador).

(try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azulejo to learn more about AZULEJO)

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Feb 09 2007 09:40 GMT sini
Beautiful Azulejo!!
Feb 09 2007 09:42 GMT charlotte
I love Porto!

I had a friend in Prtugal, his brother is a judge there, they are called Vasconcellos, maybey you know them, haha!
Feb 09 2007 09:51 GMT Taxonomist
With that name and being judge it's not difficult to know who are they. Not many people with a so aristocratic portuguese name :-). But don't know him in person of course :-)
Feb 09 2007 10:45 GMT bluesky
This is great..love to know some info about the world.
thanks for sharing.
Feb 09 2007 11:15 GMT choices
Another lovely view -- and I can't believe how blue that sky can be!!!
Feb 09 2007 15:15 GMT Maurabia
thanks for your so nice visit
Feb 09 2007 18:58 GMT d6dana
great shot!
Feb 10 2007 02:17 GMT Poulet PRO
Great and very interesting shot !!
Feb 25 2007 22:52 GMT annaschnitfink
Great picture and great info dear Taxonomist!!!