Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Flags of the World | Djibouti

 


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The flag of Djibouti is in use since 1977, after the country gained independance from France.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site | Brazil

 
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The Valongo Wharf is an old dock located in the port area of Rio de Janeiro. Built in 1811, it was the site of landing and trading of enslaved Africans until 1831. An estimated 900,000 Africans arrived in South America via Valongo. 

Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Flags of the World | El Salvador


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In 1912 the flag of El Salvador was changed to what it is today, a blue-white-blue horizontal triband with coat of arms at the centre. Similar to the flag of the Great Republic of Central America, a short-lived political union between El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, lasting from 1896 to 1898.


 


Monday, September 28, 2020

San Simon Island | Spain

 
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San Simon is a small archipelago of four islands located in the Vigo bay to the south of Galicia. The two main islands are San Simon and San Anton. These islands have been inhabited since the fifth century by numerous monastic communities.

During the Spanish Civil War the islands became a prison island, much like Alcatraz, and its prison was reputed to hold as many as two thousand prisoners at any one time. 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Byblos Castle | Lebanon


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Byblos Castle is a Crusader castle in Byblos, Lebanon. The castle was built by the Crusaders in the 12th century from indigenous limestone and the remains of Roman structures. 

Byblos is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 


Saturday, September 26, 2020

The island of Elba | Italy


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Elba is the biggest island of the Tuscan Archipelago and the third largest in Italy after Sardinia and Sicily. The island is famous around the world for harboring French Emperor Napoleon in 1814 during his exile. 

Giglio Island is one of the other six islands in the Tuscan Archipelago.

 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Flags of the World | Pitcairn Islands


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Traditionally, Pitcairn Islanders consider that their islands "officially" became a British colony on 30 November 1838. By the mid-1850s, the Pitcairn community was outgrowing the island; its leaders appealed to the British government for assistance, and were offered Norfolk Island. 

On 3 May 1856, the entire population of 193 people set sail for Norfolk on board the Morayshire. Only eighteen months later, seventeen of the Pitcairn Islanders returned to their home island, and another 27 followed five years later. The flag of the Pitcairn Islands was adopted on 2 April 1984.

As you cas see, the card has Norfolk Island stamps. Pitcairn did not allow to send FOTW cards from the island. But, as history of both islands are so much related, its the next best thing.


 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Church of the Archangel Michael, Binarowa | Poland

 

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St. Michael Archangel's Church in Binarowa is a Gothic, wooden church located in the village of Binarowa, dating from the fifteenth-century.

The wooden churches of southern Little Poland represent outstanding examples of the different aspects of medieval church-building traditions in Roman Catholic culture. Built using the horizontal log technique, common in eastern and northern Europe since the Middle Ages, these churches were sponsored by noble families and became status symbols.

Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Six churches are listed:
- Church of the Archangel Michael, Binarowa
- Church of All Saints, Blizne
- Church of the Archangel Michael, Dębno
- Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Archangel Michael, Haczów
- Church of St Leonard, Lipnica Murowana
- Church of St Philip and St James the Apostles, Sękowa


Monday, September 21, 2020

Long-Nosed Monkey | Brunei

 

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The proboscis monkey or long-nosed monkey is endemic to the southeast Asian island of Borneo. This monkey is found mostly in mangrove forests and on the coastal areas of the island. 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Columbia, capital of South Carolina | USA

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The card depicts Finlay Park, the largest and most visited park in downtown Columbia.    
Columbia is the capital and, with a population of 135,000, the second-largest city of the U.S. state of South Carolina. 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Nebraska | USA



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Nebraska is a major beef and corn producing state where cattle outnumber people by more than 3 to 1. Corn production is its leading crop and ranks third among the nation’s corn-producing states.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Wooden church of Ruská Bystrá | Slovakia




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The Church of Saint-Nicolas of Ruská Bystrá is a Greek-catholic church located in the village of Ruská Bystrá in Slovakia. The church was build in 1730. 

Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In total 8 wooden churches are listed. One of these is the Church of the Holy Trinity in Kežmarok.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The hunting residence of Stupinigi | Italy



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The House of Savoy is one of the oldest royal families in the world, founded in the year 1003. The name derives from the historical region of Savoy in the Alpine region between what is now France and Italy.

When Emmanuel-Philibert, Duke of Savoy, moved his capital to Turin in 1562, he began a vast series of building projects (continued by his successors) to demonstrate the power of the ruling house. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 14 residences are listed.

In Turin:
- Palazzo Reale
- Palazzo Madama
- Palazzo Carignano
- Castello del Valentino
- Villa della Regina

In Piedmont:
- Palazzina di Stupinigi
- Reggia di Venaria Reale
- Castle of La Mandria
- Castle of Rivoli
- Castle of Agliè
- Castle of Moncalieri
- Castle of Racconigi
- Pollenzo Estate
- Castle of Govone

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Church of St Philip and St James the Apostles | Poland


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Saints Philip and James Church is a Gothic, wooden church dating from the fifteenth-century, located in the village of Sękowa.

The wooden churches of southern Little Poland represent outstanding examples of the different aspects of medieval church-building traditions in Roman Catholic culture. Built using the horizontal log technique, common in eastern and northern Europe since the Middle Ages, these churches were sponsored by noble families and became status symbols.

Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Six churches are listed:
- Church of the Archangel Michael, Binarowa
- Church of All Saints, Blizne
- Church of the Archangel Michael, Dębno
- Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Archangel Michael, Haczów
- Church of St Leonard, Lipnica Murowana
- Church of St Philip and St James the Apostles, Sękowa

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