Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel - GERMANY - UNESCO #1413

This card is the first I have from the long list of sites that are candidates to become World Heritage Sites, normally designated Tentative - at this moment there are 1587 sites in the tentative list... I'm going to focus on the other list first, but every time I have the chance of getting one tentative site I won't say no - sooner or later there's a good chance of that place becoming a real World Heritage Site... the 2013 additions to the list will be revealed next month I think. Thank you very much Anke for this nice card from a place that seems to be really beautiful. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!

UNESCO #1413 - Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel - GERMANY

With its water gardens and its statue of Hercules, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (hillside park Wilhelmshöhe) in the west of the Hessian city of Kassel is an outstanding masterpiece of the self-dramatization of absolutist rulers. Its exceptional topographical setting on the slope of a hill in Habichtswald forest made it possible for generations of rulers and master builders to stage the seemingly impossible: water flowing down the hill in several different artistic forms without previously having been channeled up the slope using technical devices such as aqueducts or water raising machinery.

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