For this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge Leanne Cole has suggested a fence theme. Well, I took more than 1400 photos during our two-week stay in Guam last month but this is the only one that I could find that contains anything resembling a fence. The structure has a couple of gates and iron bars that resemble a fence but is it a fence or a wall? I’ll let you decide.
The Plaza de Espana is a park in central Hagatna just across the street from the Catholic cathedral. The Governor’s palace and gardens used to be on the grounds and when the US Navy took Guam over from Spain the naval governor used the palace for his administration, too. So did the Japanese when they invaded Guam in 1941 and held the island for 31 months. When the US Navy was in control most of the park in front of the fence-wall was a baseball field.
The Plaza was almost completely destroyed by American bombs prior to the US invasion forces landing on Guam on July 21, 1944. All that remained was a back porch that had been added to the 18th century palace, the small round house in the garden called the Chocolate House, the fence-wall with the three arches in front of the Chocolate House, and another small building, not much more than a shed, that was used as a tiny museum for awhile.
Two years ago the Governor of Guam, Edward J. Baza Calvo, signed a bill to restore the structures that remained after the 1944 bombing. For some reason some of the original posts in the fence-wall were left lying on the ground near the Chocolate House. The restoration was completed some time ago but those posts are still there. I don’t know why. But I think they helped make an interesting photo!
If and when you ever visit Guam be sure to visit the Plaza de Espana. Just walk around and read the signs and you will obtain a glimpse of how life was during the Spanish and US Navy occupations.
Please drop by Leanne’s website to see more monochrome photos of fences that other photographers submitted this week.