Monday, July 29, 2013

Santana, Madeira Archipelago in Portugal


Casas tipicas
Typical houses
Maisons typiques
Typische Hauser

postmarked in 2013

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Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago that lies just under 400 kilometres (250 mi) north of Tenerife, Canary Islands, in the north Atlantic Ocean.  It was discovered by Portuguese sailors in 1419.  Today, it is a popular year-round resort.

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Santana (a municipality of Madeira) is known for the traditional homes constructed with sloping triangular rooftops, and protected with straw. These were mainly rural homes, used by local farmers, during the settlement of the island, with white-paintd walls, red doors and windows with blue trim. Most of the surviving buildings are tourist attractions, and maintained (for example, the straw roofs are replace every four to five years).

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