Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #1

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The Graça Fort is a unique military architecture structure, built in the second half of the 18th century, under the Count of Lippe, as a means to secure the highest ground in the region, just north of the town. The strategic relevance of the Graça hill, where the fort was built, became evident about a century before, during the Restoration War, when the Spanish army bombarded the town of Elvas from the vantage point, some 60 meters above the town’s castle. Its ramparts, moats and bastions are organized according to the star fort dutch model.

Forte da Graça é uma peça de arquitectura militar única, construida na segunda metade do séc. XVIII, sob as ordens do Conde de Lippe, por necessidade de segurar o ponto mais alto da região, a norte da cidade. A importância estratégica do Monte da Graça, onde foi construido o Forte, tornou-se clara cerca de um século antes, durante a Guerra da Restauração, quando o exército Espanhol, a partir deste ponto sobranceiro, bombardeou a cidade de Elvas, cujo castelo se encontra a cerca de 60 metros abaixo do topo do monte. As suas muralhas, fossos e baluartes estão organizados de acordo com o modelo holandês de fortificação em estrela.

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This was the setting for Traço ’16 – Elvas Drawing Festival, which during four days liven up the old fortress with exhibitions by illustrators and comic book artists from both sides of the Iberian border, drawing workshops, lectures, a theatrical performance and a national Urban Sketchers meeting.

Este foi o cenário do Traço ’16 – Festival de Desenho de Elvas, que durante quatro dias animou a velha fortaleza com exposições de ilustradores e autores de banda desenhada de ambos os lados da fronteira Ibérica, oficinas de desenho, palestras, uma performance teatral e um encontro nacional de Urban Sketchers.

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Author: Pedro Loureiro

I was born on the southwestern-most tip of Europe, in Lagos, Portugal. A childhood of legos and sandcastles led me to architecture school, but an adolescence of doodling drove me to sketching and later to illustration. I like to sketch, to travel and to chop vegetables into tiny manageable bits. I also like maps. The older the better!

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