Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The ruins of Timgad | Algeria

Unesco Algeria
The ruins of Timgad in Algeria are an impressive set of ancient Roman remains and rank among the best such ruins in North Africa. Timgad was both a military colony and an incentive to the African people to serve in the Roman army, as anybody who did so for twenty-five years would have a home in the base. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tower houses in Lenjeri Village | Georgia

Unesco Georgia
Preserved by its long isolation, the Upper Svaneti region of the Caucasus is an exceptional example of mountain scenery with medieval-type villages and tower-houses. The sun rarely peaks out from behind a thin layer of clouds, and pine-covered hills rise over the traditional stone tower buildings.

Lenjeri is a village with many ‘Svan towers’. These tower homes were at the same time familial living quarters, fortified fortresses of defense, and personal treasuries. Most of the towers date back to the period between 9th and 12th century.

Upper Svaneti is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Morning Glory Pool | USA

Morning Glory Pool is located in Yellowstone National Park. The pool was named in the 1880s for its remarkable likeness to its namesake flower. The pool’s blue color is the result of heat-seeking bacteria. 

However, this beautiful pool has fallen victim to vandalism. People have thrown literally tons of coins, trash, rocks, and logs into the pool. Much of the debris subsequently became embedded in the sides and vent of the spring, affecting water circulation. As a result, other microorganisms have infiltrated the pool, changing its delicate ecosystem and coloring. Today, orange and yellow rings encroach on the blue waters.

Jackson Hole | USA

Jackson Hole is a valley between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Range in Wyoming, USA. Viewed from Jackson Hole valley looking west, the high peaks of the Teton Range rise more than 2,135 meters above the valley floor. What a breathtaking view!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara | India

Nalanda Mahavihara (meaning Nalanda University) was a centre of learning from the seventh century BCE to 1200 CE. The site comprises the archaeological remains of stupas, shrines, viharas (residential and educational buildings) and important art works in stucco, stone and metal.

In 2016 UNESCO declared the ruins of Nalanda Mahavihara to be a World Heritage Site.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Alto Douro Valley | Portugal

Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for some 2,000 years. Recognising the importance of the landscape and the traditional wine production activities, in 2001, UNESCO classified 24 600 hectares of the Alto Douro Wine Region as a World Heritage.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Qolşärif Mosque in the Kazan Kremlin | Russia

A kremlin is a major fortified central complex found in historic Russian cities. The Qolşärif Mosque is located inside the Kazan Kremlin, the main historic citadel of Tatarstan. The mosque can accommodate 1,500 believers, while more than 10,000 can be accommodated in the adjacent square. 

The “Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin” is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Village Called San Gimignano | Italy

San Gimignano is a small medieval town in Tuscany, Italy. The walled town is famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers. Located atop a hill the skyline can be seen for several miles outside the town.

The "Historic Centre of San Gimignano", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cidade Velha | Cape Verde

The town of Ribeira Grande, renamed Cidade Velha in the late 18th century, was the first European colonial outpost in the tropics. Located in the south of the island of Santiago, the town features some of the original street layout impressive remains including two churches, a royal fortress and Pillory Square with its ornate 16th century marble pillar.

This postcard doesn’t show much of the old town, only a part of the beach/coastline. But as you can read on the back, it is definitely a part of Cidade Velha. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Alcázar of Segovia | Spain

The Alcázar of Segovia is a fairy-tale-like castle, located in the old city of Segovia, Spain. The Alcázar was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy since then. It is currently in use as a museum and a military archives building.

The Alcázar is part of UNESCO World Heritage site Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct.

Protected Fauna – Crayfish, part of a set of three stamps issued in 2016.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Kronborg Castle | Denmark

Kronborg is a castle and stronghold in the town of Helsingør, Denmark. The castle is situated on the extreme northeastern tip of the island of Zealand. The origins of this castle dates back to the year 1420. Kronborg is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000.

Did you know that this is the castle that Shakespeare set Hamlet in? Shakespeare called Kronborg Castle Elsinore.   

The stamps are part of a set of 4 stamps about (Danish) farm animals (issue 2016). From left to right: the Oldenburg Stallion, Danish Red Holstein and Wyandotte Chicken.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

In remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (1927-2016) | Thailand

The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phrakaew) are located on Rattanakosin island, the heart of Old Bangkok city. The Emerald Buddha is a dark green statue, approximately 66 centimetres tall, carved from a single jade stone.

Wat Phra Kaew is located inside the Grand Palace complex, undoubtedly Bangkok’s most famous landmark. Built in 1782 - and for 150 years the home of the Thai King.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Temple Mount | Israel

The Temple Mount, known to Muslims as el-Harem al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) with its golden Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine and lead-domed al-Aqsa mosque, dominates this aerial view of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The UN's cultural agency Unesco has adopted a motion which marginalises Jewish ties to several holy sites in Jerusalem: the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the resolution, sponsored by several Arab countries, denies the Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem and is a "theatre of the absurd".

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mantenga Cultural Village | Swaziland

Mantenga is a small protected area of 725 hectares in a secluded corner of the Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland. The reserve is home to the Mantenga Cultural Village, a living museum of old traditions and represents a classical Swazi lifestyle during the 1850s. 

Thanks again David for yet another surprise card!


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