Wednesday, 14 March 2012

St. George's Cathedral, Guyana

One more card for today, this time from South America. ..and I could tick a country off my 'missing countries and territories' list with this one! :) I found out last year that you can get a written and stamped postcard from Guyana from PostcardLocker, how was I supposed to resist?! :P I've been toying with the idea of ordering some postcards from that site for use on Postcrossing, maybe later?

Guyana, officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, previously the colony of British Guiana, is a sovereign state on the northern coast of South America that is culturally part of the Anglophone Caribbean. Guyana was a former colony of the Dutch and (for over 200 years) of the British. It is the only state of the Commonwealth of Nations on mainland South America, and the only one on that continent where English is an official language. It is also a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which has its secretariat headquarters in Guyana's capital, Georgetown. Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 26 May 1966, and became a republic on 23 February 1970.

Historically, the region known as "Guiana" or "Guayana" comprised the large shield landmass north of the Amazon River and east of the Orinoco River known as the "Land of many waters". Historical Guyana is made up of three Dutch colonies: Essequibo, Demerara, and Berbice. Modern Guyana is bordered to the east by Suriname, to the south and southwest by Brazil, to the west by Venezuela, and on the north by the Atlantic Ocean.

At 215,000 km2, Guyana is the third-smallest independent state on the mainland of South America (after Uruguay and Suriname). Its population is approximately 770,000.

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St. George's Anglican Cathedral in Georgetown, Guyana is one of the tallest wooden churches in the world, at a height of 43.5 metres. It was designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield and opened on 24 August 1892. The building was completed in 1899. It is located on Church Street in Georgetown, and has been designated a National Monument. St. George's Cathedral is characterised mainly by Gothic arches, clustered columns and flying buttresses.


Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

Isn't it beautiful, so distinctive and different from other cathedrals!

Anu said...

Indeed! So different from buildings in this country!

shelena said...

So clean so pure white and so simple cathedral.

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