Sunday, June 17, 2018

Historic Town of Ouro Preto | Brazil

Founded at the end of the 17th century, Ouro Preto (Black Gold) was the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil’s golden age in the 18th century.

Historic Town of Ouro Preto is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you see another card about this site.

Borobudur | Indonesia

Borobudur is a 9th-century Buddhist Temple in central Java, Indonesia. The temple compounds is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. The monument is the single most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia.

Here you see a close-up of the top of the Borobudur. And here a view from the distance.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe | Spain

The Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The origins of this monastery dates back to 1337. According to Unesco, the monastery is an outstanding repository of four centuries of Spanish religious architecture.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Flags of the World | Jordan

The flag of Jordan, officially adopted on 18 April 1928. The colors of the Jordan flag are used in many flags in the Arab world.

These Pan-Arab colors are black, white, green, and red. Individually, each of the four colors were intended to represent a certain Arab dynasty, or era. All these flags are based on the flag of the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hahoe Village | South Korea

The Hahoe Folk Village is a traditional village from the Joseon Dynasty. The village is well-known for its traditional houses.

Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded in the 14th-15th centuries, Hahoe and Yangdong are seen as the two most representative historic clan villages in the Republic of Korea.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Yosemite National Park | USA

California’s Yosemite National Park welcomes millions of visitors each year—drawn to its dramatic waterfalls, giant sequoias, abundant wildlife, and awe-inspiring cliffs.

Yosemite National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wuyi Mountains | China

The Wuyi Mountains are a mountain range located near the border of the Jiangxi province in China. Mount Wuyi is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Mount Wuyi is one of the most outstanding subtropical forests in the world and known for its spectacular landforms. In this forest you find a large number of ancient, relict plant species, many of them endemic to China and rare elsewhere in the country.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Struve Geodetic Arc | Finland

The Struve Geodetic Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820 km.

This helped to calculate the exact size and shape of the planet and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping. Alatornio is one of the six measuring points that are located in Finland.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Purnululu National Park | Australia

The Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage Site in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The park covers almost 240,000 hectares of remote area, including the Bungle Bungle Range. This spectacular landscape of sculptured rocks contains spectacular beehive-shaped karst sandstone rising 250 metres above the surrounding semi-arid savannah grasslands.

Cross-stones art | Armenia

Khachkar of Mastara, Armenian cross-stones art. Khachkars are outdoor steles carved from stone by craftspeople in Armenia and communities in the Armenian diaspora.

In 2014 Armenia issued a set of two stamps dedicated to Armenian cross-stones art.
stamp 1  stamp 2

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Flags of the World | Ireland

The colors in the Irish flag have the following menaing. Orange — standing for Irish Protestants. Green — signifying Irish Catholics and the republican cause. White — representing the hope for peace between them.

The color orange is associated with Northern Irish Protestants because in 1690, William of Orange (William III) defeated the deposed King James II, a Roman Catholic, in the fateful Battle of the Boyne near Dublin. King William was the leader of England, Scotland, and Ireland and his victory secured Protestant dominance over the island.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Great Copper Mountain | Sweden

The Great Copper Mountain was a copper mine in Falun, Sweden. The mine was in opareation from the 9th century until 1992. In the 17th century it became the major producer of copper in the world.

A by-product of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun are the natural pigments used for coloring the Falu Red Paint. This typical red paint is still popular in Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Historic Centre of Morelia | Mexico

Morelia is a city in central Mexico. In the background of the Tarascas fountain you see the aquaduct of Morelia. Its stone construction started in 1728. In its 1700 meters’ length, there are 253 arches, but we can only see 234, because the rest is under ground. It reaches a height of almost 10 meters.

Historic Centre of Morelia is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Cape Breton Island | Canada

The Fortress of Louisbourg is partial reconstruction of an 18th-century French fortress at Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada.

When the War of Spanish Succession was settled with the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, Britain was given control of mainland Nova Scotia and France was given Ile Royale, what is today known as Cape Breton Island.

On the eastern side of Cape Breton, the French found an ice-free, sheltered harbour to act as a base for France’s interests in the cod fishery and to serve as an important trading outpost. They named it Louisbourg, in honour of King Louis XIV.


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