Monday, November 11, 2013

Al Zubarah - QATAR - UNESCO #1402

It's always a wonderful feeling for a collector when he manages to get hands on a rare item. Qatar is a small country with only a handful of postcrossing users (less than 10 active in the last 6 months) and it was one of the new entries on the UNESCO list for 2013 - the Al Zubarah Archaeological Site, the only remaining complete urban plan of an Arabian pearl-merchant town. Thanks a million Els for looking all Doha stores for this postcard for me, hope you can visit this site soon, it seems really interesting. Well I now have 224 sites in my collection (only 757 till the end) and since Qatar only has this site, another country completed. This postcard took 19 days to arrive!

UNESCO #1402 - Al Zubarah Archaeological Site - QATAR
 
The walled coastal town of Al Zubarah in the Gulf flourished as a pearling and trading centre in the late 18th century and early 19thcenturies, before it was destroyed in 1811 and abandoned in the early 1900s. Founded by merchants from Kuwait, Al Zubarah had trading links across the Indian Ocean, Arabia and Western Asia. A layer of sand blown from the desert has protected the remains of the site’s palaces, mosques, streets, courtyard houses, and fishermen’s huts; its harbour and double defensive walls, a canal, walls, and cemeteries.
 
  
 

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