Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Unesco cards from India

Thanks to Abhishek "abhishek_b4u" my unesco wishlist from India is getting smaller ;) Today i've received 3 new cards.

"Humayun's tomb is a complex of buildings in Mughal architecture built as Mughal Emperor Humayun's tomb. It is located in, Delhi, India.
It encompasses the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun as well as numerous others. The complex is a World Heritage Site and the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India.
The architecture of the mausoleum is similar to Taj Mahal.
The tomb of Humayun was built by the orders of Hamida Banu Begum, Humayun's widow starting in 1562. It took 8 years to build and had a Chahr Bagh Garden style in its design, which is a Persian-style garden layout and was the first of its kind in the South Asia region." - in: wikipédia

This is the Visvanatha Temple, one of the Khajuraho's Group of Monuments.
"One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture.
The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of 200 years, from
950 to 1150. The Chandela capital was moved to Mahoba after this time, but Khajuraho continued to flourish for some time. Khajuraho has no forts because the Chandel Kings never lived in their cultural capital.
The whole area was enclosed by a wall with eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 25 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation.

Today, the temples serve as fine examples of Indian architectural styles that have gained popularity due to their explicit depiction of the traditional way of sexual life during medieval times. Locals living in the Khajuraho village always knew about and kept up the temples as best as they could. They were pointed out to an English man in late 19th century and the jungles had taken a toll on all of the monuments." - in: wikipedia

This is the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa.
"The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rule.
'Bom Jesus' (literally, 'Good (or Holy) Jesus') is the name used for the infant Jesus. The Jesuit church is India’s first Minor Basilica, and is considered as one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India.
This world heritage monument built in 1695 and has emerged as a landmark in the history of Christianity." - in
: wikipédia