|UNESCO #1110 - St.Paul, Macao - CHINA|
Monday, August 19, 2013
Ruins of St Paul - MACAO - CHINA - UNESCO #1110
Finally I've got a card from Macao - this is another Portuguese settlement in the Far East, established exactly 500 years ago and that I dream to visit since I was a young boy. The postcard shows a beautiful illustration of the Ruins of St Paul's (which represent the remaining front elevation of the Church of Mater Dei) with a Van Gogh twist. Thank you very much Winkie, I really love this card. My UNESCO collection rises to 131, only 850 to the end. This postcard took 9 days to arrive!
Macao, a lucrative port of strategic importance in the development of international trade, was under Portuguese administration from the mid-16th century until 1999, when it came under Chinese sovereignty. With its historic street, residential, religious and public Portuguese and Chinese buildings, the historic centre of Macao provides a unique testimony to the meeting of aesthetic, cultural, architectural and technological influences from East and West. The site also contains a fortress and a lighthouse, the oldest in China.