|UNESCO #1223 - George town, Penang - MALAYSIA|
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca - MALAYSIA - UNESCO #1223
Being a Portuguese and proud of the glorious historic past of my nation (let's not talk about present days please) this two cards are obviously very special to me, mainly the first. Portuguese conquer Melaka 500 years ago and establish there a stronghold controlling the trade in that region; the ruins of "A Famosa" (The Famous - the oldest European building in Asia) reminds us of a time when we rule the oceans and half the world. Thank you very much Shaliza, with this two cards I have another UNESCO site added to my collection - 67 done, only 914 to finish. This postcards took 8 days to arrive!
Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca have developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca. The influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible. With its government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications, Melaka demonstrates the early stages of this history originating in the 15th-century Malay sultanate and the Portuguese and Dutch periods beginning in the early 16th century. Featuring residential and commercial buildings, George Town represents the British era from the end of the 18th century. The two towns constitute a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia.