In 1798, entirely covered by impenetrable jungle island became British trader Francis Light, and then began work on felling of trees and vines. The first explorers uninhabited island was supposed to as much land as they could for themselves clear. By the end of xviii century, the population of the island has reached 10 thousand people. Penang is a symbol of Penangsky bridge having a length of 13,5 km and built to connect the mainland and island part of the state. He was officially recognized as the third-longest bridge in the world.
In the capital, Georgetown, Penang excellent "get on" the most a variety of architectural styles. Be sure to see the first building on the island – Fort Cornwallis. Once it was made of wood, but in 1804 -05 years it was replaced by stone buildings. It is impossible not to draw attention to the Church of St. George, built in the xix century prisoners. At the entrance to it is a monument to Francis Light – the owner and pioneer of Penang. Of great interest are the unique temples of the island.
Among the most famous buildings Kek Lok-Si, Chayamangkalaram, the temple of the Goddess of Mercy. Penang, the only place in the world where you can see the Temple of the Serpent. On certain days, at his altar lay curled in a spiral the most that neither is live snakes. Disturbing the nerves of sight, but quite harmoniously fits into the overall exotic island. In the temple, Sri Mariamman collected many statues of Indian deities.
Of course, heavy and thick wool carpet large size cost is very expensive, and besides, I was simply not take with them to their homeland of such goods. So I politely asked the dealer to offer me something more modest. He apparently decided that I was concerned only in size but in any case not at the price, showed a great rug with floral patterns. I am happy nodded and asked how much it costs. What To my surprise, when the price of this rug was almost twice the previous price of a large carpet. Merchant was explained to me with patience adult explaining child well-known truth that a large a carpet woven in the machine, but one that smaller – hands of these masters, and one hundred percent of the strands of silk. Can you imagine: a man hand a few months wove the carpet! And not just weaving, and observed a complex ornamental flower pattern – this is a colossal effort! Sighing, I promised a trader, that will definitely be back for such a beautiful and valuable find.
At that we parted The next few days I skated with different sightseeing tours throughout the country. And of course, shopping took them far from last place. In the city of Fez, we visited the quarter of pottery and blacksmith shop. Hardworking hands of Moroccan artists is born is truly great product! Here you can find anything you want: the original pitchers, ashtrays, decorative dishes and tea sets, candelabra, chandeliers and many other cute little things that keep the traditions and culture of the east.