Favorite thing: The photos show a few of the things we saw on the streets of Extremoz after the military ceremonies had finished.
The Cafe Aguias d'Ouro with its Art Noveau facade draws the eye.
Beautiful church just off the main square.
Blue tiles decorate many of the buildings (as in most Portugese villages/towns).
An old woman on the bench, patiently waiting for the time to pass or her friend to arrive.
Finally the castle as seen from outside the town, the reason we arrived there in the first place, but because of the military ceremony inaccessible for us that day. (yes there might have been an alternate route, but the signs for us tourists went through the center of town and those access routes were closed).
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: King Pedro I died in the Convent of Sao Francisco to which he bequeathed his tortured heart. Queen Isabel of Aragon, who came here with King Dinis, also ended up staying. Nowadays, a pousada named after her is to be found in King Joao former armory.
Many and various were the religious and military architectural styles, the latter justified by the strategic importance Estremoz always enjoyed in the wars against Spain: it was the military headquaters of Nuno Alvares during the wars of Independence and later became the centre of the struggle in the war to restore the Portuguese throne.
Queen St. Isabel
Favorite thing: She is reputed to have founded charities and hospitals. In Portugal she is remembered for the miracle of the roses in which she was taking bread (or coins) to the poor only to be asked by her less than generous husband what she was carrying. The bread (or coins) was miraculously transformed into roses, thereby appeasing her spouse.
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