It’s interesting how it goes… the weeks almost seem to have an unspoken theme. Three cards arrived this week and, surprisingly, all three featured buildings. Last week, it was all about the clothing, this week is all about architecture.
The first to arrive this week came from Taiwan.
Anping Old Fort (Ānpíng Gǔ Bǎo 安平古堡)
The center of any visit to Anping is the old fort. Anping Fort is built on the foundations of the Dutch stronghold named Fort Zeelandia. That fort was the anchor point of early settlements in Tainan for both the Dutch and the Chinese, and much of the settlement’s history lies in Anping’s old streets surrounding the fort.
The fort has changed hands and changed names many times over. The Dutch first called it Orlande, but then changed it to Fort Zeelandia. It became Anping Castle when it was the home of Zheng Chenggong (Koxinga). The Japanese called it the Old Dutch Fort just as they were demolishing what remained after decades of neglect. They then rebuilt the fort (sort of), and renamed it Anping Fort. The KMT began development of the tourist site you see now.
If you’d like to read more, you can find the blog I quoted from here: Anping Old Fort (link opens in a new window). I thought there had to be a Dutch connection because of the former name of Fort Zeelandia.
The second card to arrive was another from Taiwan, from the city of Taipei. The two cards couldn’t be more different. The first is a building with some history while the second is a much more modern structure. Though the front of this card looks a bit sterile, the back is much more fun, wouldn’t you agree?
The third, and final, card to arrive this week came from a much cooler part of the world. This card is from the lovely German city of Dresden. A light dusting of snow just makes everything look magical, don’t you think?
This is a picture of the Frauenkirche. Lovely! And, apparently, quite historical.
According to Wikipedia, “Built in the 18th century, the church was destroyed in the bombing of Dresden during World War II. The remaining ruins were left as an anti-war memorial, following decisions of local East-German leaders. The church was rebuilt after the reunification of Germany. The reconstruction of its exterior was completed in 2004 and its interior in 2005. The church was reconsecrated on 30 October 2005 with festive services lasting through the Protestant observance of Reformation Day on 31 October. It nowadays also serves as symbol of reconciliation between former warring enemies.”
Katrin, I hope your spring arrives soon! It has definitely arrived here.