Monday, January 23, 2017

Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes | Belgium


Unesco world heritage Belgium

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The Neolithic flint mines at Spiennes, Belgium, covering more than 100 ha, are the largest and earliest concentration of ancient mines in Europe. Mining in Spiennes started some
6,000 years ago.

Flint was used in the manufacture of tools during the Stone Age as it splits into thin, sharp splinters called flakes.

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In 2016, Belgium issued a set of 5 stamps to celebrate "Supermoon". A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon being at te closest distance to earth.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram | India


Unesco world heritage India

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The Shore Temple (built in 700–728 AD) overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal, hence its name. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD.

The temple is part of the Unesco World Heritage site Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

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The stamp on the right pictures Sathya Sai Baba, an Indian guru and philanthropist.

Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye | Russia


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The Church of the Ascension was built in 1532 on the imperial estate of Kolomenskoye, near Moscow, to celebrate the birth of the prince who was to become Tsar Ivan IV ('the Terrible').  In the XVI and XVII centuries, this church served as a summer family chapel of the Russian Tsars.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Volcanoes of Costa Rica | Costa Rica


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Costa Rica is home a great number of volcanoes: there are six active volcanoes and another 61 dormant or extinct ones. Three of the most noticible volcanoes are Arenal, Poás and Irazú.

For the past fifty years, Arenal was the country’s most active volcano, actually one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. But it entered into a resting phase in 2010. Poás and Irazú are caldera volcanoes, whose craters are filled with water and rising steam.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Confucian Temple | China


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The temple, cemetery and family mansion of Confucius, the great philosopher, politician and educator are located at Qufu, in Shandong Province, China. Qufu was the hometown of Confucius who lived from 551-479 BC.

The temple complex comprises more than 100 buildings. The Great Accomplishment Hall is the major structure of the Confucian Temple. The 33 meters tall hall houses an impressive statue of Confucius.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Oranjestad, capital of Aruba


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Colorful Caribbean! Oranjestad (Orange Town in Dutch language) is the capital and largest city of Aruba. L.G. Smith Boulevard in the center of Oranjestad is lined with many enjoyable restaurants, shops, cafés ans casinos.

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Alto Vista Chapel is a small Catholic chapel also known as "Pilgrims Church".

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cathedral of Saint George the Martyr | Ferrara


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Ferrara is a city in northern Italy. In the city centre you find the Ferrara Cathedral, officially Cathedral of Saint George the Martyr, a Roman Catholic cathedral and minor basilica.

The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, inscribed under the name Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta.

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The stamp show another World Heritage site: Piazza Plebiscito in Naples.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Abbey of Fontenay | France


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Fontenay Abbey in Burgundy was founded in 1118 by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a leading French saint, and is the oldest preserved Cistercian abbey in the world.

The abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Würzburg Residence | Germany


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The Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square is a Unesco World Heritage site since 1981.

Many large castles and residences evolve over hundreds of years, incorporating all different styles. However the Würzburg Residence was built completely within a single generation (from 1720-1744). But finishing the interior took another 30 years.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Abbey of Saint Gall | Switzerland



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The Abbey of Saint Gall is a Roman Catholic religious complex in the city of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Its library is one of the richest and oldest in the world and contains precious manuscripts such as the earliest-known architectural plan drawn on parchment.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Convent of Christ in Tomar | Portugal


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The Convent of Christ is a former Roman Catholic monastery in Tomar, Portugal. Originally a 12th-century Templar stronghold, when the order was dissolved in the 14th century the Portuguese branch was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ.

The Convent and Castle complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983.



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ross Island Penal Colony | India


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Ross Island is part of the remote Andaman Islands, an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal between India and Myanmar. It is a small island which has a circumference of only one mile.

Ross Island Penal Colony was part of a convict settlement that was established in 1858 by the British colonial government in India, primarily to jail a large number of prisoners from the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The prisoners where jailed in nearby Port Blair. On Ross Island, a church and barracks for troops and a Government House for the Chief Commissioner where located.

The remains of the colony got devastated after the 2004 tsunami, visits to the island are no longer possible.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Lakes of Ounianga | Chad


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Located in North-Eastern Chad, in a hot and hyperarid desert setting with less than 2mm rainfall per year, the Lakes of Ounianga comprises a total of 18 lakes.

The Lakes of Ounianga are located in a basin which, less than 10,000 years ago, was occupied by a much larger lake and has a globally unique hydrological system, sustaining the largest permanent freshwater lakes system in the heart of a hyperarid environment.

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The stamp on the left is part of a set of four cat-stamps, issue 2012.

In 2001 Chad issued a sheet with 9 different stamps showing paintings by famous Dutch painter Van Gogh.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Historic City of Toledo | Spain


Unesco world heritage spain

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Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. The city is known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries.

Behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. Toledo still has exactly the same layout it had in the Middle Ages.

The Historic City of Toledo is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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