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When I posted my 100 th photo at TE I chose Coruche, province of Ribatejo, Portugal, the town where I was born. One of the comments I got then, it was that I had to post a picture of the castle church. Here it is today: my 200th post shows the bell and clock tower of the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Castelo (Church of Our Lady of the Castle). It's a scanning of a 1993 print, therefore the quality isn't the best. For digital and better views of the church, see Ana Dores (adores)'s Our Lady of the Castle - II and Our Lady of the Castle.
The original church in this site, on the top of a hill, has been founded by D. Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, 12th century (according to legend). A fact is that Nossa Senhora do Castelo is patron saint of Coruche and every year in August there is a big feast and procession in her honor.
Back in the 1960's and 70's, the devotion to Our Lady of the Castle led many people to make vows ("pay promises", as the Portuguese say) regarding the fate of the young soldiers that were forced to fight in the Colonial War in Africa. Members of the extend family used to participate in the procession. Ex-votos were placed inside the church. Some were just simple pictures of the soldiers and their beloved ones, with naive texts expressing the hope of a safe return from the war. In the workshop I post a picture of such simple ex-votos. The text, in simple Portuguese with some mistakes, written by the soldier or in behalf of him, tells:

I offer my photograph to Our Lady of the Castle, so that she accompany me during all my life, and give me good luck to accomplish my mission [in the war], to come back to continue rearing my dear little daughter. [Signed] Joaquim José Damásio, [from] Fajarda [a village nearby]".

This is but a little piece of the history of that war. The end of the colonial war was the best outcome of the 1974 Carnation Revolution (one of the few good accomplishments of it).
See also my post #300: Coruche from the air.
Location: 38.9588999, -8.5282338.

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