THE PLAYGROUND

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Growing up, this was the place where I spent some of my happiest hours – in the playground of our kindergarten which was part of the centuries-old complex of the Misericórdia in Guarda. The church towers seen on the background belong to an 18th c. Baroque façade built, like the rest, out of local granite, and so does the ornate door surround. The capital on a photo above seems to really be a base installed upside down, its crude profile in sharp contrast to the fiery curves of the church tower’s cornices.

I wonder if children these days would be allowed to play in a space without any soft surfaces, stairs with open elegant handrails and electrical wiring on the walls.

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