Photographer's Note

Olivença / Olivenza was a Portuguese town during most of its history. Since 200 years ago it is de facto under Spanish administration. The de jure sovereignty of the city is arguable; please read the note of the photo Olivença - Olivenza.
In my previous post you can see some attempts to blank the cultural and historic Portuguese heritage. But stones are often harder than political interests. And the Catholic Church is a powerful institution too. So, here you see today a door of a very well preserved church of the 16th century, the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Madalena (now called Iglesia Santa María Magdalena by the Spaniards).
Like other outstanding Portuguese monuments in Olivenza, this church was built in Gothic-Manueline style. Its promoter was the Friar Henrique de Coimbra, the first Bishop of Ceuta (who had their seat in Olivença). Frei Henrique de Coimbra is famous because he celebrated the first Catholic Mass in Brazil, in April 26, 1500.
I put these Olivença pictures under the Spanish gallery because of the de facto situation and to facilitate the browsing and searching of Olivenza in the TrekEarth site.

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