Saturday, 8 November 2008

Lighthouse of Penedo da Saudade

The first time I saw this card in an album for trade, I immediately knew I had to have it in my collection. The sky and ocean colours were just magnificent. Fortunately, susanaportugal was kind enough to send me one.

This lighthouse is located in Penedo da Saudade, a site in the parish of S. Pedro de Moel, in Marinha Grande, Portugal. The lighthouse’s name is difficult to translate to English because there is no accurate English correspondence to the word “saudade”. I will translate it for nostalgia and “penedo” for cliff. Hence, its name in English would be something like Cliff of Nostalgia.

The site was originally donated by the King in 1463 to the Count of Vila Real. It remained in the family for several centuries, until the last count was executed for treason in 1641. The legend says that the countess weeped every day until her death, on the top of the cliff, for her beloved husband and that’s how the site earned its name.
Some say they can still hear the countess’ cry’s in the wind...

Source: Wikipedia.

1 comment:

  1. What a GREAT card!!! Goes to my wishlist...PRONTO!!


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