Thursday, October 19, 2017

Flags of the World | United Kingdom - England

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west.

The flag of England is derived from St George's Cross. The association of the red cross as an emblem of England can be traced back to the Middle Ages, and it was used as a component in the design of the Union Flag in 1606.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Flags of the World | Georgia

The flag of Georgia is known as the Five Cross Flag. Originally a banner of the medieval Kingdom of Georgia, it was brought back to popular use in the late 20th and early 21st centuries during periods of the Georgian national revival.

Prior to obtaining its official status in 2004, the flag was popularized by the United National Movement and served as one of the most recognizable symbols of the Rose Revolution.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kampala, capital of Uganda

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda. With 1,5 million inhabitants it is also the largest city.

When the British arrived in the region, they renamed it ‘Hills of the Impala’. The translation in Luganda, the language of the Buganda people, yielded Kasozi Ka Empala (Kasozi Ka meaning hill of), and Empala being the plural for impala. To the listening ear, Ka Empala sounded like one word Ka’Mpala. When the king would go hunting, the Buganda people would say Kabaka a’genze e Ka’mpala (the Kabaka has gone to Ka’mpala). Thus was born the name of the city Kampala.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Cape Coast Castle | Ghana

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Cape Coast Castle is one of about forty "slave castles", or large commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa (now Ghana) by European traders. It was originally built by the Swedes for trade in timber and gold, but later used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Ghana. One of these castles is Cape Coast Castle.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Leaning Tower of Pisa | Italy

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Pisa is a city in the Tuscany region of Central Italy. The city is known worldwide for its leaning tower.

Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This walled 8.87-hectare area is recognized by Unesco as an important center of European medieval art. The square is dominated by four great religious edifices: the Pisa Cathedral, the Pisa Baptistry, the Campanile (leaning tower), and the Monumental Cemetery.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mount Wutai | China

Mount Wutai is located in the southeast of Shanxi province, north China. With its five flat peaks, Mount Wutai is a sacred Buddhist mountain. The cultural landscape is home to forty-one monasteries. One of these temples is the Great White Pagoda, or Sarira Stupa of Tayuan Temple.

Mount Wutai is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The birthplace of the Lord Buddha | Nepal

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The Maya Devi Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple in Lumbini, Nepal. A site traditionally considered the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, who was born in 623 B.C.

Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Historic Centre of Warsaw | Poland

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During the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, more than 85% of Warsaw's historic centre was destroyed by Nazi troops. After the war, a five-year reconstruction campaign by its citizens resulted in today's meticulous restoration of the Old Town, with its churches, palaces and market-place. It is an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century.

The rebuilding of the Old Town continued until the mid-1960s. The entire process was completed with the reconstruction of the Royal Castle (opened to visitors in 1984).

Historic Centre of Warsaw is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cathedral of Our Lady in Sedlec | Czech Republic

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Kutná Hora comprises three parts. The historical town centre, the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec. In my previous post the focus is on the first two.

The Cathedral of Our Lady  is part of the former Cistercian monastery that was established by king Wenceslas II in the early 1300s. This was during the time of Kutná Hora's great wealth derived from silver mining. The monastery along with the church were burned down by the Hussites in 1421 and were not renovated until the early 18th century.

Kutná Hora | Czech Republic

The church of Saint Barbara in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic, is a Gothic jewel whose interior is decorated with frescoes depicting the secular life of the medieval mining town.  The local underground chapel is renowned for its very specific decoration made of human bones, of which there are more than 40,000.

Due to the intensive mining activity, Kutná Hora for many years faced the problem of drinking water supplies. Water was brought to the town from its surroundings by a system of wooden piping several kilometers long. The piping flowed into tanks from where the water was drawn. In 1493-95, Master Brikcí built a twelve sided stone structure, richly decorated with tracery and pinnacles atop the tank. This stone fountain is a fine example of late Gothic architecture.

Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Parc "W" | Benin

Most part of the W Regional Park is located in Niger around a meander in the Niger River shaped like a "W," hence its name. The park extends through the extreme northern section of Benin and into Burkina Faso.

W Regional Park is part of UNESCO World Heritage site W-Arly-Pendjari Complex. Arly National Park is located in Burkina Faso. Pendjari National Park is located in Benin. According to UNESCO, W-Arly-Pendjari Complex is the largest and most important continuum of terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic ecosystems in the West African savanna belt.
Thank you Sandd for putting such a nice lable over the stamp. Couldnt remove it without damage. Here you see what stamp is hiding underneath.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Broken Chair | United Nations - Geneva office

Visible from the Palace of Nations’ “ambassadors' court”, Broken Chair stands in delicate balance on three legs – the fourth having been violently blown off as if by an explosive charge. A way of showing that even mutilated, victims of war violence are still standing tall, with dignity.

This 12 metres high monumental sculpture, designed by Swiss artist Daniel Berset, is made of 5.5 tons of Douglas fir wood.

Part of a set of 8 stamps about Czech World Heritage sites. These stamps show the gardens and castle at Kromeriz and the Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape.

The heart of London | United Kingdom

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The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its occupants, the Palace lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster, in central London.

Its name is derived from the neighbouring Westminster Abbey. The Church of St Margaret is situated in the grounds of Westminster Abbey on Parliament Square. It is the Anglican parish church of the House of Commons.

Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Drottningholm Palace | Sweden

The Drottningholm Palace, dating back to the 16th century,  is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. It is located near Stockholm, on the island Lovön.

Royal Domain of Drottningholm is a Unesco world Heritage site. With its castle, perfectly preserved theatre (built in 1766), Chinese pavilion and gardens, it is the finest example of an 18th-century north European royal residence inspired by the Palace of Versailles.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Heard Island | Australia

The Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands is an Australian external territory comprising a volcanic group of barren Antarctic islands. Located about two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica, these uninhabited islands are among the most remote places in the world.

Heard and McDonalds Islands is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The distinctive conservation value of Heard and McDonald – one of the world’s rare pristine island ecosystems – lies in the complete absence of alien plants and animals, as well as human impact.

Thank you very much Steve!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus | India

Chhatrapati Shivaji  Maharaj Terminus is a historic railway station in Mumbai, India.  The station was built in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In 2017 the "Maharaj" was added to the name of the station.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) is a UNESCO World Heritage site. According to Unesco, the station is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A postcard from Timor Leste!

Timor-Leste or East Timor became the first new sovereign state of the 21st century on 20 May 2002. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island surrounded by Indonesian West Timor. The country has a population of about 1,2 million.

East Timor was colonised by Portugal in the 16th century, and was known as Portuguese Timor until 28 November 1975.

20 years of AICEP. The Association of Postal and Telecommunications Operators of the Portuguese-speaking Countries and Territories.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Carolingian Westwork Corvey | Germany

The Imperial Abbey of Corvey was a Benedictine abbey on the River Weser in Germany, built between 822 and 885. It was one of the Imperial abbeys of the Holy Roman Empire from the late Middle Ages until 1792. It has the oldest surviving example of a westwork.

A westwork is the monumental, west-facing entrance section of a Carolingian, Ottonian, or Romanesque church. Carolingian architecture is the style of north European Pre-Romanesque architecture belonging to the period of the Carolingian Renaissance of the late 8th and 9th centuries, when the Carolingian dynasty dominated west European politics.

Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Flags of the World | Brazil

The green represents the forests of the Brazil and the yellow part its mineral wealth. The blue circle and stars depict the sky over Rio de Janeiro on the morning of 15 November 1889 - the day the Republic of Brazil was declared. The number of stars respresent the current 27 states and the Federal District.

Flags of the World | Cuba

The blue bands refer to the three old divisions of the island: central, occidental, and oriental. The white bands describe the purity of the independence ideal (since 1902 Cuba is an independant nation).

The triangle symbolizes liberty, equality, and fraternity, while the red color stands for the blood shed in the independence struggle. The white star, called La Estrella Solitaria (the Lone Star) lights the way to freedom and was taken from the flag of Texas.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Blue Mountains | Jamaica

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The Blue Mountains are the longest mountain range in Jamaica. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage site Blue and John Crow mountains.

The site encompasses a rugged and extensively forested mountainous region in the south-east of Jamaica, which provided refuge first for the indigenous Tainos fleeing slavery. They resisted the European colonial system in this isolated region by establishing a network of trails, hiding places and settlements.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Liwonde National Park | Malawi

Liwonde National Park is in the southern part of Malawi near the Mozambican border. It is situated on the left bank of the Shire river between Lake Malombe and Liwonde.

Wildlife in Liwonde National Park is abundant. Especially elephant and hippo numbers are high for this small national park: respectively 900 and 2000, which makes it one of the densest populations in Africa.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Village of Cumalıkızık | Turkey


Cumalıkızık is a village located 10 kilometers east of the city of Bursa, Turkey, at the foot of Mount Uludağ. Its history goes back to the Ottoman Empire's foundation period.

Bursa and Cumalıkızık: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire is a serial nomination of eight component sites in the City of Bursa and the nearby village of Cumalıkızık. The historical texture of the village has been well protected and the civilian countryside architectural structures of the early Ottoman period are still intact.

Cathedral of St James | Croatia

Šibenik is a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia region. The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik, built between 1431 and 1535, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Corregidor Island | Philippines

Corregidor is a small and rocky island in the Philippines, located about 50 kilometers from Manila. The island is shaped like a tadpole.

Due to this location, Corregidor has historically been fortified with coastal artillery to defend the entrance of Manila Bay and Manila from attacks by enemy warships.


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