San Crist贸bal de La Laguna

San Crist贸bal de La Laguna, in the Canary Islands, has two nuclei: the original, unplanned Upper Town; and the Lower Town, the first ideal ‘city-territory’ laid out according to philosophical principles. Its wide streets and open spaces have a number of fine churches and public and private buildings dating from the 16th to the 18th century.

San Crist贸bal de la Laguna was the first non-fortified Spanish colonial town, and its layout provided the model for many colonial towns in the Americas.

San Crist贸bal was founded in 1497 by Alonso Fern谩ndez de Lugo.聽The original settlers, almost all soldiers, were not allocated building plots; the defined non-fortified urban area was considered to be a public space where anyone could build. As a result small houses were erected haphazardly around the church of La Concepci贸n, without any overall plan. In 1502, a regular town plan based on Leonardo da Vinci’s model for Imola was drawn up for the area.聽The resulting Lower Town expanded rapidly, attracting the island’s ruling classes and monastic communities began building. A piped water supply was installed at the expense of the Town Council in 1521, and the first public buildings were constructed. However, the political, religious and economic centre was progressively transferred to Santa Cruz, and San Crist贸bal declined.

Since 1999 La Laguna is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Patricia for the postcard.

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Historic Centre of Prague

The first card I received of Unesco site was this one.

The Historic Centre of Prague has been a Unesco site since 1992 due to the relevant architectural and cultural influence enjoyed by this city since the Middle Ages.

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe in terms of its setting on both banks of the Vltava River, its townscape of burger houses and palaces punctuated by towers, and its individual buildings. The Prague architectural works of the Gothic Period (14th and 15th centuries), of the High Baroque of the 1st half of the 18th century and of the rising modernism after the year 1900, influenced the development of Central Europe, perhaps even all European architecture. Prague represents one of the most prominent world centres of creative life in the field of urbanism and architecture across generations, human mentality and beliefs.

I also visited this charming city for the New Year’s Eve in 2012-2013 and I’ve been really impressed by the various beauties of this city.

Thanks to Stanislav for the postcard.

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Thanks to Luca for this postcard.

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Thanks to Lucy for the postcard.

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