Kolmanskop, la ciudad devorada por la arena

Friday, April 04, 2008

En el año 1908, atraídos por el hallazgo de diamantes en la zona, los alemanes establecieron una mina en la desértica región del Namib y fundaron la pequeña ciudad de Kolmanskop. La prosperidad de la mina hizo que la ciudad fuera creciendo en tamaño y que sus habitantes construyeran suntuosas mansiones, un salón de baile y hasta un hospital. Pero después de la Gran Guerra los diamantes empezaron a escasear y los alemanes hicieron las maletas.

El aspecto de la actual Kolmanskop es el de una ciudad devorada por la arena. El desierto ha ido penetrando en el interior de las mansiones a través de puertas y ventanas, convirtiendo los elegantes recibidores en el refugio de misteriosas dunas y sembrando de inesperadas playas los salones. (Seguir leyendo) (English)

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