Friday, June 23, 2017

Geghard monastery | Armenia


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Geghard is a medieval monastery in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain and surrounded by cliffs. The origins of the complex date back to the 4th century. The main chapel was built in 1215.

The monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage site, inscribed under the name Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley.

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Part of a set two stamps (2014), dedicated to Armenian cross-stones art. Khachkars are outdoor steles carved from stone by craftspeople in Armenia and communities in the Armenian diaspora.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hanseatic city of Münster | Germany


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The German city of Münster has a rich history going back more than 1200 years. Whether as a bishop's seat, a member of the Hanseatic League or a university city – Münster has always played an important role in the region and far beyond.

South of the Baltic coast in the heart of Westphalia, Münster was a key center for the transshipment of goods and raw material destined for the Baltic trade.  As such, it developed its own contingent of Hansa merchants who built medieval Münster into a wealthy provincial town. The city joined the Hanseatic League in 1368.

Darłówko | Poland


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Darłówko is a neighborhood and a popular summertime resort in the town of Darłowo, a town at the Baltic Sea in north-western Poland.

In 1412 Darłowo joined the Hanseatic League, a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Palácio da Pena | Portugal


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The Pena Palace is a Romanticist castle in São Pedro de Penaferrim, Portugal. The castle stands on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains overlooking the town of Sintra. Here you can see the Pena Palace in the background.

Cultural Landscape of Sintra is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Borobudur | Indonesia



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The Borobudur is a 9th-century Buddhist Temple in central Java, Indonesia. The monument is the single most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia.

Here you see a close-up of the top of the Borobudur.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Ko Pha Ngan Island | Thailand


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Ko Pha Ngan is an island in the Gulf of Thailand in southeast Thailand. It is part of the Samui Archipelago. The island's population is about 13,000. One of the other islands in this archipelago is Koh Samui, Thailand's second-largest island after Phuket.

Thx SL!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Parliament House in Canberra | Australia



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Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of about 380,000 a city of moderate size.

The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities.

Parliament House is the meeting place of the Parliament of Australia. Did you know it contains 4,700 rooms!

Town of Olinda | Brazil


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Olinda is an historic city in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, located on the country's northeastern Atlantic Ocean coast. It is one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Brazil. Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, the town’s history is linked to the sugar-cane industry. Olinda was one of the first settlements founded by Europeans in Brazil.

Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda is a UNESCO World Herita site.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge | Suriname



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The bridge over the Surinam River is part of the East-West Link, connecting the capital city Paramaribo and the Commewijne District.

The bridge is named after former president Jules Wijdenbosch. It has two lanes, is 1504 metres long, and was opened on 20 May 2000.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Camel Market | Egypt


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The Birqash Camel Market (Soul El-Gamal) is one of Egypt's most extraordinary experiences. Just a 45 minute (60km) drive away from Cairo lies one of the biggest markets for camel meat in all of Africa.

The meat demands of Cairo’s 20 million inhabitants mean that this camel market is lively and animated every day as hundreds of animals are bought and sold.

Actually I have no clue where the camel market on the postcard is located. But I think the story fits the picture.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ġgantija temples | Malta


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The Ġgantija temples can be found on Gozo, Malta's second largest island. The temples are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Megalithic Temples of Malta.

These Temples are prehistoric monumental buildings constructed during the 3th and 4th millennium BC. They rank amongst the earliest free-standing stone buildings in the world.

Here you see another view of these temples.

Historic Centre of Florence | Italy


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Florence, or Firenze in Italian, is one of the 7 Unesco World Heritage sites in the Tuscan region. Florence's historical center is commonly referred to as an open-air museum.

Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral stands tall over the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome. Building of this cathedral started at the end of the 13th century.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blegny-Mine | Belgium


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Blegny-Mine was a coal mine in Trembleur, near Liège, in Belgium which today is preserved as an industrial heritage site and show mine.

The mine is one of the four Major Mining Sites of Wallonia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you see a postcard of the Bois du Cazier mine in Marcinelle.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mount Logan | Canada


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Mount Logan is the highest mountain in Canada. The mountain is located within Kluane National Park, close to the Alaskan border.

This is a UNESCO World Heritage site inscribed under the name Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek. These parks comprise an impressive complex of glaciers and high peaks on both sides of the border between Canada (Yukon Territory and British Columbia) and the United States (Alaska).

Friday, June 9, 2017

Flags of the World | Ghana


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My first card from the  Flags of the World series. Already 100 flags in this series, including African Union and European Union.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Aachen Cathedral | Germany


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Aachen Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Aachen, Germany. Founded in the year 790 it is one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe. In this cathedral German emperors were crowned for over 600 years.

Aachen Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Tournai | Belgium




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The Cathedral of Our Lady (Cathédrale Notre-Dame) in Tournai, Belgium is one of the most striking examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe.

The cathedral was built in the 12th century after Tournai had became the seat of a bishop.

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A matching stamp!


Monday, June 5, 2017

Goiás | Brazil



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Goiás is a small and isolated town in central Brazil that preserves the Portuguese flavor from the colonial times. The historic centre of the town of Goiás is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Le Morne | Mauritius


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Le Morne Cultural Landscape, a rugged mountain that juts into the Indian Ocean in the southwest of Mauritius was used as a shelter by runaway slaves, maroons, through the 18th and early years of the 19th centuries.

Protected by the mountain’s isolated, wooded and almost inaccessible cliffs, the escaped slaves formed small settlements in the caves and on the summit of Le Morne. Le Morne Cultural Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Bhimbetka rock shelters | India


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The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site dating back to the Paleolithic period. The remains of the earliest traces of human life on the Indian Subcontinent, the beginning of the Indian Stone Age.

Some of the Stone Age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are some 30,000 years old. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2003.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The medina of Tunis | Tunisia


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A medina quarter is a distinct city section found in many North African cities. The medina is typically walled, with many narrow and maze-like streets. The word "medina" itself simply means "city" or "town" in modern-day Arabic.

The medina of Tunis is the historic heart of Tunis, considered as one of the best preserved Arab-Muslim cities, and has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage since 1979.

Park Babelsberg | Germany


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Park Babelsberg is a 124 hectare park in the northeast of the city of Potsdam.  Emperor William I commissioned Park Babelsberg in 1833 as the garden of his summer residence.

Park Babelsberg is part of UNESCO World Heritage site Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği | Turkey


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Divrigi's Great Mosque is a ornament-decorated mosque in the Turkish city of Divrigi, built in 1299. The exterior featuring elaborate stone carvings around three high, recessed gates. The interior is also impressive with its stone columns and vaulted ceilings. The adjacent hospital was founded at the same time.

Divriği Great Mosque and Hospital is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso


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Ouagadougou is the capital city of Burkina Faso. It is lso the largest city with about 1,000,000 inhabitants. The postcard shows the Place des Cineastes.

The monument was built in 1987 to pay tribute to the African filmmakers. It symbolizes the working tools of filmmakers: camera lenses, film reels, zoom lenses and telephoto lenses.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Buġibba and St Paul's Island | Malta


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Buġibba is a zone within St. Paul's Bay in the Northern Region of Malta. With numerous hotels, restaurants, pubs, clubs, and a casino Buġibba is a popular tourist destination.

St Paul's Island is a small unihabited island off the main island of Malta. The island is located about 10km from Buġibba.

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