Against the background of a landscape nurtured and sustained by the time - honored traditions of the indigenous peoples. Guyana's cultural heritage has evolved out of a rich potpourri of influences by the colonizers: Dutch, French and English who brought captive Africans to provide forced labour on their plantations. After Emancipation in 1838, indentured servants from Maderia, India, Africa and China contributed to the rich blend of cultures out of which have come unique customs.
This unique blend of cultures has resulted in the manifestation of craftsmanship, evident in the domestic architecture that is overwhelmingly wooden and elaborate. In the case of historic Georgetown, the urban settlement arose out of a well planned system of canals, dams and sluices [kokers]. The design of the city is as a result of astute blend of elements: Dutch experience in water engineering, the orderly arrangement of living space by the British and the artistry of Guyanese builders which gave rise to grand buildings occupying large lots. Local genius is readily apparent in the abundance of architectural detail - intricate fretwork, baulsters, jalousies and the utilitarian Demerara Window visible in many of Guyana's public buildings, churches and dwelling houses.
This virtual tour of Guyana offers you an experience of some of the most unique and picturesque sights of our country's landscape.