Valença's fortress

João Figueiredo

Forsheda, Sweden

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In passed times Valença was an extremely important city both financially and militarily. This incredible fortress is the proof of that. In one side, Valença in portuguese territory, and in the other side the suburbs of Tuy, a spanish city wich changed sides many times during our long history along with many other villages and cities. Separting these two sides there is the river Minho (Miño in spanish).

This fortress was built between the XII and the XIII century and had as main purpose to protect the river boat sailing (on the portuguese side) and the border itself. Among many other interesting facts, this fortress was one of the very few places that Napoleon managed to conquer in his 3 attempts to conquer Portugal. He allways failed…

Valença – Portugal

27-07-2012

Canon EOS 550D + 50mm lens + CPL filter
f3.5 opening / 1/120 sec exposure

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