Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mexican Unesco cards

Yesterday i've received my 650th Unesco site, none of these from Mexico though. These were sent by Nan "ConEtoiles". The 1st is from the Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque and the 2nd from Guanajuato.

Photo by Vicente Kramsky
Palenque is prime example of a Mayan city state in southern Mexico that flourished in the 7th century. The elegance and craftsmanship of the buildings, as well as the lightness of the sculpted reliefs with their Mayan mythological themes, attest to the creative genius of this civilization. The card shows the Palace and the temple of the Inscriptions.
The Palace, actually a complex of several connected and adjacent buildings and courtyards built up over several generations on a wide artificial terrace. The Palace houses many fine sculptures and bas-relief carvings in addition to the distinctive four-story tower.
The Temple of Inscriptions was begun perhaps as early as 675 as the funerary monument of Hanab-Pakal. - in: wikipedia

Guanajuato is a city and municipality in central Mexico and the capital of the state of the same name. The Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines are a World Heritage Site since 1988.
Founded by the Spanish in the early 16th century, Guanajuato became the world's leading silver-extraction centre in the 18th century. This past can be seen in its 'subterranean streets' and the 'Boca del Inferno', a mineshaft that plunges a breathtaking 600 m. The town's fine Baroque and neoclassical buildings, resulting from the prosperity of the mines, have influenced buildings throughout central Mexico. - in:
The building in the card is the Juárez Theater, built from 1872 to 1903.

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