Sunday, August 29, 2010

Shuri Castle - Japan

Last week was a great week for my unesco collection with great new additions. Six cards from 6 new unesco sites and 1 site on the tentative list, all thanks to Claus. We had another trade, this time for 5 cards, but like always, he sent an extra card and 1 or 2 days after receiving his envelope, arrived a new surprise.
One of the 1st new 5 unesco cards is this from Japan with the Shuri Castle in Okinawa, a palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom, which is a Unesco whs since 2000. The Ryūkyū Kingdom was an independent kingdom which ruled most of the Ryukyu Islands from the 15th century to the 19th century. Despite its small size, the kingdom played a central role in the maritime trade networks of medieval East and Southeast Asia.

Shuri Castle in Shuri, Okinawa was the palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom. In 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa, it was almost completely destroyed, with only a few walls standing as high as a few decimeters. In 1992, it was reconstructed on the original site based on photographs, historical records, and memory. - in: wikipedia

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