john tiong chunghoo

Silver Star - 4,453 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Unesco Heritage Site Haiku - Garrison Border Town Of Elvas And Fortificationis, Portugal - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

Elvas and fortifications
a stirring void as I cycle
round the dehydrated ruins

Elvas and fortifications
those mouths -
the old elevated ruins


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Garrison border town of Elvas and its fortifications, Portugal
This 17th-century Portuguese town has the world's largest dry ditch system. It's also one of the most heavily fortified towns in Europe, thanks to the series of walls, moats and bastions that surround it.
Within Elvas, there's a number of historic churches and monasteries, including the 16th-century Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção. The town's Amoreira Aqueduct, which has a total length of 4.5 miles, is equally impressive, comprising over 843 arches. - MSN

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 13, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 14, 2012


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