Sunday, April 23, 2017

Our Lady of Ljeviš | Serbia


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Our Lady of Ljeviš is a 14th-century Serbian Orthodox church in the town of Prizren, located in southern Kosovo. It was converted to a mosque during the Ottoman Empire and then back into a church in the early 20th century.

The church is part of the UNESCO world Heritage site inscribed under the name 'Medieval Monuments in Kosovo'. Together with four Serbian Orthodox monasteries: Dečani, Patriarchate of Peć and Gračanica.

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In the middel a matching stamp!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hospicio Cabañas | Mexico


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The Hospicio Cabañas was built at the beginning of the 19th century to provide care and shelter for the disadvantaged – orphans, old people, the handicapped and chronic invalids.

This remarkable complex, named after Bishop Cabañas, which incorporates several unusual features designed specifically to meet the needs of its occupants, was unique for its time.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Palace of Venaria | Italy


Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
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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.

The Palace of Venaria is one of the former Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, included in the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO in 1997.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Völklinger Hütte | Germany


Völklinger Hutte
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Völklinger Hütte“, founded in 1873, is now the worldwide only remaining ironworks from the iron and steel industry’s heyday. It was closed down in 1986 and today it is a theme park where visitors can explore the former work place of the ironworkers.

Völklingen Ironworks is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bamberg | Germany


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Bamberg is located in southern Germany in the north of Bavaria. It is a good example of a central European town with a basically early medieval plan and many surviving ecclesiastical and secular buildings of the medieval period.

The Old Town Hall was built around 1467 on an artificial island in the middle of the River Regnitz. The Town of Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hluboká Castle | Czech Republic


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Hluboká Castle is a historic château situated in the town of Hluboká nad Vltavou. The history of this fairytale castle started in the 13th century with a military fortification. Over the centuries the castle evolved into a Baroque style masterpiece.

Château de Chambord | France


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Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for King Francis I of France (1494- 1547).

The "Chateau and Estate of Chambord", which was previously inscribed on the World Heritage List, is now part of the "Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes".

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bomarsund Fortress | Aland


Aland Islands

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The fortress of Bomarsund was built during the years 1832-1854. Åland was Russian at the time and the fortress was intended for the Russian contingents on the islands.

The fortress was thoroughly ruined in 1854 when attacked by the allied English-Frenchmen. At that time only two towers of the planned twelve subsidiary towers of the fortress had been completed.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Nebraska State Capitol | USA


Lincoln USA

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Lincoln is the capital of the state of Nebraska, USA. The Nebraska State Capitol is the seat of government and is located in downtown Lincoln.

Austin | USA


Austin Texas
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Austin is the capital of the state of Texas, USA. The Texas State Capitol, completed in 1888 in downtown Austin, contains the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pandas at Ocean Park | Hong Kong


Giant Pandas
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On Wednesday 12 April, the giant pandas Xing Ya and Wu Wen landed on Dutch soil. Soon they start a new life at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, Netherlands. There are an additional 120 pandas in zoos throughout the world. The postcard shows two pandas living in Ocean Park, Hong Kong.

The idea of pandas as gifts is known as 'panda diplomacy' and it has a long tradition in China. Panda diplomacy describes how the Chinese authorities let chosen governments keep pandas as a mark of respect between their countries. In the 1980s China moved away from 'gifting pandas' to countries, and instead started to loan them out.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cappadocia | Turkey


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Cappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia, Turkey. Here you find a spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion.

Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Scott Base | New Zealand


Ross Dependency

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The Ross Dependency is a region of Antarctica that is claimed by New Zealand. The Scott Base is an Antarctic research facility located on Ross Island.

The Fiordland Crested Penguin is a penguin species endemic to New Zealand. It currently breeds along the south-western coasts of New Zealand's South Island as well as on Stewart Island/Rakiura and its outlying islands. But not in the Ross Dependency.

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The Ross Sea seafloor is home to thousands of animals, many of which cannot be found anywhere else. The stamp is part of a set of 5 stamps, only valid for sending mail from Ross Dependency.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Petäjävesi Old Church | Finland


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Petäjävesi Old Church, in central Finland, was built of logs between 1763 and 1765. This Lutheran country church is a typical example of an architectural tradition that is unique to eastern Scandinavia. It combines the Renaissance conception of a centrally planned church with older forms deriving from Gothic groin vaults.

(source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/584)

Friday, April 7, 2017

El Valle de Antón | Panama


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The small town of El Valle de Antón is located about 120 km from Panama City. The village, with 6,200 inhabitants is nestled in the huge caldera of an extinct volcano.
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With an extensive network of trails, this is a superb place for walking, hiking or horseback riding. Nearby forests offer excellent birdwatching, and the valleys of El Valle are home to an impressive set of waterfalls as well as the increasingly rare golden frog.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Lion-tailed Macaque | India


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The lion-tailed macaque, also known as the wanderoo, is a monkey endemic to the Western Ghats of South India.

The Western Ghats is a chain of mountains running parallel to India’s western coast, approximately 30-50 km inland. The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is an International Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Schönbrunn Palace | Austria


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From the 18th century to 1918, Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors. The origins of the palace dates back to the first half of the 16th century. A small hunting lodge and later summer residence of the Habsburg family was rebuilt after total destruction during the last Turkish attack in 1683. During construction work the project was expanded into an Imperial summer residence of the court.

The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in Austria and a major tourist attraction.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Archeological site of Paestum | Italy


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Paestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia (southern Italy). The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek dating from about 600 to 450 BC. The card shows the second temple of Hera.

Paestum is part of Unesco World Heritage site inscribed under the name Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological Sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sanahin Monastery | Armenia


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Sanahin Monastery is an Armenian monastery founded in the 10th century in the Lori Province of Armenia.

The monstery is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is inscribed under the name Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin. Both were important centres of learning. Sanahin was renown for its school of illuminators and calligraphers. According to Unesco, the two monastic complexes represent the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Hansestadt Greifswald | Germany


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Greifswald is a city in northeastern Germany. Its official name is University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald. At the end of the 13th century Greifswald became one of the earliest members of the Hanseatic League.

Formidably gabled buildings and brick houses line one of the most beautiful historic market squares in the entire North of Germany. The origins of the Town Hall (the building in red) date back to 13th century.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Hanseatic city Helmstedt | Germany


Hanseatic League
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Helmstedt is a town on the eastern edge of the German state of Lower Saxony. This hitoric city, first mentioned in the year 952, joined the hanseatic league in 1426. For over 400 years, the Hanseatic League played a major role in shaping economies, trade and politics in the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

The University of Helmstedt was a university in Helmstedt that existed from 1576 until 1810. The university was built in the Weser Renaissance style (just like the town hall of Paderborn in the previous post).

Thank you Dustin!  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hanseatic city of Paderborn | Germany


Hanse Paderborn

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Paderborn is a historic town in north-west Germany. The name of the city derives from the river Pader and 'born', an old German term for the source of a river. The Pader is actually  Germanys shortest river. In 1295 Paderborn joined the Hanseatic League.

The Paderborn Town Hall was built in the 17th Century in the style of the 'Weser-Renaissance'. This architectural style is found in the area around the River Weser in central Germany.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hanseatic city of Tartu | Estonia


Hanse Estonia
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Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia, situated 186 kilometres southeast of capital cityTallinn. Tartu lies on the Emajõgi ("Mother river"), which connects the two largest lakes of Estonia.

In medieval times the town became an important trading city. In the 1280s Tartu (then Dorpat) joined the Hanseatic League.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hanseatic League member Hannover | Germany



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Initially established as a tiny fishing village on Leine river, at the crossing of two trade routes, Hanover was made a borough in 1241 and by the end of the 14th century was prospering as a merchant town. Hannover joined the Hanseatic League in 1386. By that  time the city had a population of about 4000.

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Both stamp and special postmark celebrate the Bremer Stadtmusikanten, a folktale written by the Brothers Grimm.

In the story a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, all past their prime years in life and usefulness on their respective farms, were soon to be discarded or mistreated by their masters. One by one they leave their homes and set out together. They decide to go to Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners and become musicians there.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hermann Castle | Estonia


Hanseatic League Estonia
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The Hanseatic League was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns. The Hansa existed for some centuries. Originally it was an organisation of merchants, but as their guilds were connected to the towns where they lived, it soon became an organisation for towns.

Narva is the third largest city in Estonia. It is located at the eastern extreme point of Estonia, at the Russian border, on the Narva River. Trade, particularly Hanseatic long distance trade was important for this city throughout the Middle Ages.

Some sources claim that Narva never became part of the Hanseatic League. Other however claim the opposite.

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