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Badajoz 200 years

Postby OXFORDMON » April 9th, 2012, 10:57 am

I have just returned from Spain where i visited Badajoz for the 200th anniversary of the storming of the city, it was a very quiet affair ( as expected ) and totally different to the atmostphere in Ciudad Rodrigo in January.

We visited the castle and the site of the breaches in the sunshine of the 6th, and then returned at the very hour of the start of the storming later in the day, and i must say it was a most thrilling experience, we had a mass camera failure at one point and none of the 16 people in our group could take a single decent photograph, i went off alone to take a picture of the Santa Maria bastion and was unable to get my camera to work at all, it worked perfecly for the rest of the time and is fine now, VERY WEIRD! :shock:

The site of the new memorial, to be unveiled later this month, is ready and is shown below, the castle is in the process of being renovated and work is progressing well.

I also visited Albuhera and the cemetary at Elvas.

Andy
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Badajoz castle from San Christobal
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Ditch at San Christobal
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Fort San Christobal
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Re: Badajoz 200 years

Postby OXFORDMON » April 9th, 2012, 11:04 am

Badajoz:
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Badajoz From Fort Picurina, nr the siege lines.
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View of Badajoz from Fort Picurina
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The Trinidad Bastion
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The Trinidad Bastion
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Re: Badajoz 200 years

Postby OXFORDMON » April 9th, 2012, 11:10 am

More:
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Trinidad Bastion and curtain wall
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The Santa Maria Bastion and memorial base
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Site of new memorial at the Santa Maria Bastion
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Re: Badajoz 200 years

Postby OXFORDMON » April 9th, 2012, 11:13 am

200 years to the hour!
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Re: Badajoz 200 years

Postby OXFORDMON » April 9th, 2012, 11:20 am

Inside the City:
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The Cathedral
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These narrow streets witnessed appalling scenes after the storming
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Narrow streets of Badajoz, not somewhere to have been 200 years ago
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Re: Badajoz 200 years

Postby unclearthur » April 9th, 2012, 12:09 pm

Cracking pictures, even if your camera was haunted. :o
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Re: Badajoz 200 years

Postby OXFORDMON » April 9th, 2012, 1:53 pm

unclearthur wrote:Cracking pictures, even if your camera was haunted.


Cheers, really was a strange night, i don't believe in the supernatural as such, but that night........ :?

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Re: Badajoz 200 years

Postby TheBibliophile » April 9th, 2012, 1:56 pm

Christ, Im not going there, they've got spikey trees :lol:
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Re: Badajoz 200 years

Postby unclearthur » April 9th, 2012, 2:36 pm

OXFORDMON wrote:
unclearthur wrote:Cracking pictures, even if your camera was haunted.


Cheers, really was a strange night, i don't believe in the supernatural as such, but that night........ :?

Andy


Nor did I, until we had shop premises on an old airfield. It took a while for us to realise many of the faint voices, which we originally thought belonged to customers the door sensor hadn't picked up, weren't actually there. Well, not in the physical sense, anyway.
In the end we said, "It's just The Others again..."
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Re: Badajoz 200 years

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » April 9th, 2012, 3:49 pm

Wonderful pictures, Andy. There are usually British visitors in the castle at midnight each April 6th, I'm told by the Baluarte lads. Haven't heard of their cameras being spooked. Certainly a memorable occasion.

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