|UNESCO #300 - Historic District of Old Québec|
Monday, June 03, 2013
Old Québec - CANADA - UNESCO #300
Another canadian UNESCO card sent by my good friend Jason (another UNESCO collector). This postcard shows the Fontenac Castle in a picture taken in the heart of the historic center of Québec (I've been there in 2006 and it's funny, I took a photo in this same angle) - it's really a wonderful place. Thanks a lot Jason - now I have 36 sites (three dozens, yeah!), only 926 to the end. This postcard took 5 days to arrive!
Québec was founded by the French explorer Champlain in the early 17th century. It is the only North American city to have preserved its ramparts, together with the numerous bastions, gates and defensive works which still surround Old Québec. The Upper Town, built on the cliff, has remained the religious and administrative centre, with its churches, convents and other monuments like the Dauphine Redoubt, the Citadel and Château Frontenac. Together with the Lower Town and its ancient districts, it forms an urban ensemble which is one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city.