Over the years I have had an opportunity to see and experience many interesting environments. Unfortunately photography seemed not a priority. I am sure it had something to do with youth, and my frequently challenged sense of immortality. Yes, my ways have changed, but I am in no way a photographer, so please don't judge me by such definition.
As I have become more familiar with this group I sense a wonderful opportunity for it to become a beacon within the morass of sites vying for attention on the web. One thought would be to have a few architecturally relevant photo categories, such as world heritage sites, where members could post photographs and descriptions. There are so many wonderful photographs and accompanying stories that they seem a natural way to promote MyarchN to the uninitiated. I thoroughly enjoy the fact that they flow freely, however I thought a few dedicated categories, which could be classified by internationally recognized titles, might draw some new traffic to MyarchN. Search engine optimization, spiders, snail trails, page authority, etc being what it is today, might make this an idea that has some relevance.
If you disagree with my thought, I don't mind. I am no more a search engine optimizer than I am a photographer. I am only learning to survive amongst their presence. Any way I have offered some photographs from a heritage site I enjoy, Zacatecas, Mexico.
Zacatecas lies in the high, central region of Mexico. It sets at an elevation of approximately 2,500 meters (8,200 feet). As a destination it sees fewer tourists than many heritage sites. It is fairly removed from the typical travel area. By auto, it is about 2 1/2 hours from the city of San Luis Potosi, which is where I spend most of my time. San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas offer beautiful examples of architecture, pride and restoration. Both cities' 'modern history' date to the mid 1,500's when the Spanish influence came to full bearing, as they pursued great wealth in the silver mines. You will also find a French influence in the buildings of the area. Civic and cultural pride has endured, finding a solid political footing, which has allowed beautiful restoration work to be pursued.
On your first visit to Zacatecas you will most likely not allow yourself an adequate amount of time. From the beautiful grounds, and the thousands of masks at the Rafael Coronel Museum, which at one time was a convent, you can travel about 520 meters (1,700 feet) into the Eden Mine to another museum. This one offering a world class variety of geological delights. For the younger set, a night club is operated within the mine's confines. You can wander the tunnels and ride an ore car back to where you began, or take an elevator up 60 meters (200 feet) where you exit to a wonderful city view. If you are not faint of heart, you can venture on the Teleferico, from Cerro del Gullo to Cerro de la Buffa. I believe this is the only tram in the world to cross an entire city. As you pass pleasantly overhead you will be able to view the architecture of the Historico Centro District. Later walk the streets, viewing the cathedrals and old hotels. After which have a meal at one of the many fine restaurants and then walk again, this time with a small, brass band. It is enjoyable to experience the sites as a participant, not just an observer. If you do this, beware of the tin cup or you may find it filled too frequently with mescal (a local liqueur of favor).
At any rate I do hope you enjoy the photographs.