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San Cristobal - Capital of the socialist republic of Arancazuelaz

Started by peterycristi, February 10, 2009, 01:02:34 PM

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Hello everbody and welcome to the socialist republic of Arancazuelaz. This is my first mayor diary here on sc4dev, so i'm very sorry for a maybe not so perfect presentation, pictures and my level of english. Anyway, i hope you will enjoy the following.

Well, the socialist republic of Arancazuelaz is a country in southamerica and covers almost the space of Brasil. The history of Arancazuelaz starts in 1534 with the landing of the spanish, near the rio de la victoria, wich enters the laguna de los patos (lagune of the ducks) near the capital. They found a very rich landscape and a perfect place for a harbour city. so the founded San Cristobal, which was going to be a very important harbour for gold and silver, that the spanish found very soon in the area around the city. They called the new colony Nuevo Andalusia and San Cristobal developed very soon to a rich and wealthy city. Between 1750 and 1810 came a lot of imigrants from europe to Nuevo Andalusia, especially from Italy and Germany. Until 1819 San Cristobal became the most important harbour for all kind of metals in southamerica.

By the beginning of 1819, Spain was confronted with a lot of wars in their colonies which were fighting for their independence. This caused high costs for the spanish king. So the vice king of Nuevo Andalusia got the order of melting in the local curency, which was made of silver, and send it to Spain for paying the wars. This would mean the economical collaps of Nuevo Andalusia, so very soon voices got loud all over the country asking for independence. On 3rd of june 1819 started a open fight of citizens of San Cristobal with the spanish army and the same evening General Alvaro Obledo was calling for the Independence infront of the church San Ignazio. After four days of fighting the vice king had no other choice than escaping by ship to Spain.

On the second sunday of the revolution two battleships of the spanisch Armada appeared close to the rio de la victoria and opend fire without warning. The old and mighty San Cristobal, with its villas and warehouses was destroyed nearly completly. 45.000 people died in the fires. General Alvaro Obledo escaped with the rest of the revolution army to the little town of Santa Marta. Many european nations were shocked by the "bloody sunday" and because of the problems, the lost of power and international pressure Spain was pushed to release it's ritchest colony. Nuevo Andalusia, which called its self "Arancazuelaz", became independent on 7th of July 1821. The heroe of the independence, General Alvaro Obledo, became the first President of the young republic.

Alvaro Obledo - President 1821 - 1829

The hardly destroyed capital was rebuilt. The new city is inspired by the great metropols of europe, like paris, rome or london. The spanish history was nearly eliminated. Only the small village Corrientes in which is located the church San Ignazio and the place of the independence of Arancazuelaz, was saved and is today known as the spanish quarter.

So far the history for today. Now lets start a little travel through the historic center of San Cristobal like it was in the beginnings of the last century.

San Cristobal - Capital of Arancazuelaz

The Casa Amarilla (yellow house) was built in 1849 and is the seat of the president of Arancazuelaz. Everyday in the morning and the evening you can watch the presidental guard on the plaza de la republica.

Behind the Casa is located the Hemicilio de Obledo, a monument, built in 1871, which honors the first president Alvaro Obledo as heroe of the independence and savior of the nation. The monument marks also the beginning of the northern city park the Alameda Norte.

Some footsteps away from the presidential palace we'll find this nice ensemble. The corner of the Calle Roja and Calle Vargas which is on the left side of Alameda Norte.

In the most northern part of the historic center you'll find the Arco de Obledo, another monument for the first President. The arch was built for the 75th aniversary of the independence and given to the public on 7th of July 1896.

ok, let's go to the south, passing the Casa again. Here we'll find the Paseo de la reina, a little path which ends on the plaza de la republica.

very near to the Paseo de la reina is the Teatro Colón and the Senado Nacional, one part of the legislacy of the republic.

So i hope you enjoyed our little journey through the historic center.


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Very awsome pictures! I really like the sepia colour and your background story ist very, very interessting, too.
I really like the Casa Amarilla with the soldiers in front of it.


hi I like the pics and your story. Now i know the use of your beautifull bat.  &apls

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Very good start my friend . Your bat looking very nice in your CJ &apls &apls &apls


Very nice almost cant tell diagonal from straight in 3rd picture :thumbsup:
Leoland coming Spring 2009


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Beautiful city you have there, I think you've captured the essence of a post-independence Latin American country, with "republican" architecture and everything, lovely work I have to say. Can't wait for more.

By the way, where did you find this building (camara de diputados)?


Very nice start there peterycristi! &apls &apls
The history is great, and I like all those old buildings in the city !  :thumbsup:
i really love these plazas you add here and here !  ;)  the effect you added is very nice to looks like an old picture (I think it was your intention...).
One little thing, it's empty of life...  ;)
BTW Jerebannus, He made this BAT (I suppose you talk about the angled one ?)

Arthur.  :thumbsup:
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Great start with this MD!!

I like your pics, they actually look like an old picture of San Cristobal :)

Also, I like your custom lots and yous BATs.  :thumbsup:


Obladioblada: Thank you very much for your nice comment and congratulations for beeing the first ;)

Orange_o_: Thank you very much too.

kimcar: also to you thanks for your comment.

LEO: thanks LEO, i hope you found out, which is the diagonal street ;)

scurius: thanks to you! and here is a small update as you wished ;)

Jerebannus: also thank you very much! You know the "camara de diputados"? Have you been to México D.F.? And yes, it's one of my BATs.

art128:thank you too for your comments. You are right, there is not so much life. I'll just explain it with the fact, that San Cristobal was built bigger than it's population really was ;).

tcx: thanks y lot my LBT friend! Let's see, if we can make the LBT just a little bit more popular by this promotion MD  :D


Today, we'll continue our tour to the historic center going more to the south.

The end of the southern end of the Alameda Central (city park) is marked by the building of the "Congreso de la Nación" which was built in 1857 as the seat of the parlament of Arancazuelaz. Infront of the parlament building we'll find the "Monumento a la Independencia" which was finished for the 40th aniversery of the independence in 1861.

Following the "Paseo de la Reforma", which starts at the monument, very soon we'll come to the "Catedral Metropolitana". Finished in 1896 it is one of the youngest and also biggest cathedrals in Latinamerica. Right to the cathedral the building of the "Secretaria de Defensa Nacional".

Now, going some kilometers to the east, we'll find the "Barrio Español" (spanish quarter), which at that time was still known as the small village "Corrientes" and not connected directly with the capital. In it's center is located the church "San Ignazio" with the plaza infront, where Gen. Alvaro Obledo called for the Independence in 1819! Today the spanish quarter is connected with the city center by the "Avenida Las Palmas" which is the boulevard of the city (but that later ;)).

Ok folks, that's all for today. But there will be more very soon, i'll promiss.


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Beautiful work!  The city is gorgeous, and I really like how you've treated the images to make them look like archival photos!  I"m looking forward to seeing more!


Some wonderful pictures of that city! It looks really great! Nice start!
Looking forward to more... ;)


This is beautiful, and I really like the photoshoping, which is very..... historical! :D
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Wow! Impressive stuff, peterycristi!

Arancazuelaz looks like a great place--I love how you've utilized the SAM roads and your Photoshopping adds another great dimension to things.

Can't wait to see more!



 &apls &aplsGreat choice of bat mate.I like too the choice of the road. Looking forward


Battlecat: Thank you very much, i'm glad you like the historical photos!

bat: Thank you very much for your comments!

Scurius: Thank you very much too!

thundercrack83: Thanks a lot! Arancazuelaz is a wonderfull place indeed ;)

kimcar: Thanks a lot to you too!


at first i need to say sorry for the slow process of the city portrait, but work is keeping me away from this ;).

Today i will show you some first impressions of the Avenida Las Palmas. The Avenida was before just a simple street of around 2 km, which connected San Cristobal with the small village Corrientes, which is today known as the spanish quarter.

During the second half of the 19th century, some new quarters were built beside the avenida. There were simple rowhouses on both sides of the street. But in the 20's, when San Cristobal became more and more a very important economical centre of Latinamerica, more and more arancazualian companies were looking for an attractive location for their business temples! The Avenida was such an attractive place!

So between 1920 and 1930 first small skyskrapers were built on the avenida. As a result of the use of cars, which was going to be more and more commun, it became also necessary to extend the avenida. First works started at the plaza de la raza, a plaza with two gatehouses, which marks the beginning of the avenida and the eastend of the historic centre. Until today the Avenida Las Palmas has developed to the boulevard of San Cristobal and the biggest road all over the country. There is no time at the day, you could not find the traffic rolling on this monstrous avenue.

The first picture shows the beginning of the extention works in the 20's at the Plaza de la raza

and thats the view of the plaza de la raza today...

a view of past days. rowhouses along the still very small Avenida Las Palmas

The same view today. The Avenida is extended, the rowhouses are gone. In their place skyscrapers mark the sides of the avenue.

very soon i'll show you more! hope you'd enjoy it!


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Very original MD and simple but very effective photo editing! :thumbsup:

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Wow wonderful work on the palms avenue! I do really like the old picture, better than the today one... maybe cuz the ld one uses the cobble stone streets  :) also like your use of buildings, reminds me to mexico city downtown...


 &apls &apls Very original the way that you present your MD . I like too the Palm avenue  :thumbsup:


Excellent update, peterycristi!

The differences in the area as time passes is a wonderful way at looking at the city, just wonderful!

I'll be looking forward to more, my friend!