Monday, December 29, 2008

Unesco WHS from Philippines

These are my 1st unesco cards from the Philippines. Many thanks to Ritzval "ritz".

The Batad rice terraces clusters are considered an engineering marvel and a rare man-made landscape because of its amphitheater-like form and almost vertical ponds. The Batad rice terraces have been inscribed in the Unesco World heritage list as a living cultural landscape.

"The Paoay Church is included in the Unesco World Heritage list.
Construction of the church started in 1704 and was completed in 1894. It is probably the best-known “earthquake Baroque” church in the Philippines. Large coral stones were used for the lower level while bricks were used for the upper levels of the church. The walls are 1.67 meters thick and are supported by 24 carved and massive buttresses.
The Church is a unique combination of Gothic, Baroque and Oriental designs.The bell tower near the church, dating from 1793, served as an observation point of the “Katipuneros” during the Philippine Revolution in 1896 and again by the guerrillas during the Japanese occupation." - in
: http://www.pinoytravelblog.com/roadtrip/334/paoay-church-paoay-ilocos-norte

"Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.
Justification for Inscription
Vigan represents a unique fusion of Asian building design and construction with European colonial architecture and planning. Vigan is an exceptionally intact and well preserved example of a European trading town in East and South-East Asia." - in:
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/502

2 comments:

Bradpetehoops said...

Stairway to Heaven. They called it also 8th Ancient Wonders of the World like Pyramids of Egypt. These Rice Terraces can not be build by any modern machines. Only by the ancient industrious Filipinos 2,000 years ago built this like ants. Unity!

Bradpetehoops said...

All of these are UNESCO Heritage.