Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği | Turkey

Divriği Ulu Cami ve Darüşşifası

Divrigi's Great Mosque is a ornament-decorated mosque in the Turkish city of Divrigi, built in 1299. The exterior featuring elaborate stone carvings around three high, recessed gates. The interior is also impressive with its stone columns and vaulted ceilings. The adjacent hospital was founded at the same time.

Divriği Great Mosque and Hospital is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou is the capital city of Burkina Faso. It is lso the largest city with about 1,000,000 inhabitants. The postcard shows the Place des Cineastes.

The monument was built in 1987 to pay tribute to the African filmmakers. It symbolizes the working tools of filmmakers: camera lenses, film reels, zoom lenses and telephoto lenses.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Buġibba and St Paul's Island | Malta

Buġibba is a zone within St. Paul's Bay in the Northern Region of Malta. With numerous hotels, restaurants, pubs, clubs, and a casino Buġibba is a popular tourist destination.

St Paul's Island is a small unihabited island off the main island of Malta. The island is located about 10km from Buġibba.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Turtle Island | Thailand

Koh Tao, meaning "Turtle Island" is part of the Chumphon Archipelago. It covers an area of about 21 km². The economy of the island is almost exclusively centred on tourism, especially scuba diving. The island is located 40 km northeast of Koh Samui.

Hin Taa Toh in Thai means Buddha Rock. The shape of the rock resembles a sitting man and is worshiped by the local population.

Thx SL!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Adélie Land | French Southern and Antarctic Lands

Adélie Land (French: Terre Adélie) is a claimed territory on the continent of Antarctica. It is part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, an overseas territory of France. In French: Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises, TAAF.

Besides Adélie Land, TAAF consists of:
- Kerguelen Islands (Archipel des Kerguelen), a group of volcanic islands in the southern Indian Ocean
- St. Paul and Amsterdam islands (located north of Kerguelen)
- Crozet Islands (Îles Crozet), a group in the southern Indian Ocean, south of Madagascar
- the Scattered Islands (Îles Éparses), a dispersed group of islands around the coast of Madagascar.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Drakensberg | South Africa

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The Maloti-Drakensberg Park is a UNESCo World Heritage Site. This transboundary site is composed of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park in South Africa and the Sehlathebe National Park in Lesotho.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hanseatic City Bielefeld | Germany

Bielefeld is a city with a 800-year history, located in the north-east of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany.

Founded in 1214 by Count Hermann IV of Ravensberg to guard a pass crossing the Teutoburg Forest, Bielefeld was the "city of linen" as a minor member of the Hanseatic League.

Hanseatic City of Rheda-Wiedenbruck | Germany

Rheda-Wiedenbruck is a city located in the North Rhine-Westphalia area of Germany. It appears that Rheda-Wiedenbruck was a member of the Hanseatic League. But I couldnt find any information about it.

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.

There doesn’t appear to be a definitive list of Hanseatic Cities. Some were full members of the League, and others had Kontore (trading posts) or simply communities that traded with the Hanse.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tehran, capital of Iran

capital of Iran
Tehran is the capital city of Iran. With a population of around 9 million and more than 14 million in the metropolitan area, Tehran is Iran's largest city and urban area, and the largest city in Western Asia.

Presidential elections were held in Iran on 19 May 2017. Rouhani was re-elected for a second term. He received about 57% of the votes.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Angel Island | USA

Angel Island is an island in San Francisco Bay. The entire island is included within Angel Island State Park. The island has been used for a variety of purposes, including military forts, a US Public Health Service Quarantine Station, and a US Bureau of Immigration inspection and detention facility.

The building on the postacrd is the Visitors Center on the island. Built in 1935 and served in the past as barracks and mess hall of the single medical officers of the Quarantine Station.

Friday, May 19, 2017

George Town | Malaysia

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George Town is the capital of the state of Penang, Malaysia. The city is located at the northeastern tip of Penang Island. The inner city of George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with Melaka.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Marie Baz Wax Museum | Lebanon

Deir al-Qamar, meaning "Monastery of the Moon", is a village in south-central Lebanon.

Here you find the Marie Bez Wax museum. It captures Lebanon’s most significant personalities and historical events and boasts a collection of over seventy wax figures.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ancient city of Apollonia | Albania

The ancient city of Apollonia is situated in southwestern Albania, about 13 miles from the city of Fier. Apollonia was founded in 588 BCE by Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth. The city flourished during the period of Roman rule and was home to a renowned school of philosophy.

But eventually the once proud city fell into decline until its total abandonment during the medieval period.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monastery of the Patriarchate of Peć | Kosovo

Medieval Monuments in Kosovo is a World Heritage Site consisting of four Serbian Orthodox Christian churches and monasteries. The Monastery of the Patriarchate of Peć is a medieval monastery located near the city of Peć, in Kosovo.

I also received a card with this monastery from Serbia.

Aspire Tower | Qatar

The Aspire Tower, also known as The Torch Doha, is a 300-metre-tall hotel located in Doha, Qatar. This skyscraper is the tallest building in Qatar. Aspire Tower is located near the Khalifa International Stadium.

Part of a se-tenant strip of six stamps, 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

thx Salah!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Koh Phayam | Thailand

"This gorgeous little island is truly the undiscovered pearl of the Andaman Sea with long white sandy beaches, clear blue sea, coral reefs, it's the perfect place to really get away from it all."

Koh Phayam is located close to the Mayanmar border. The island is only 10 km long and 5 km wide with a population of around 500.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Steller's Arch on Bering Island | Russia

Steller's Arch is located on Bering Island, one of the Commander Islands. These islands are located off the eastern coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia.

Isle of Staffa | UK-Scotland

Fingal's Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa. The island’s distinctive six-sided columns of rock are formed from basalt, the same as the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

During spring and early summer, the cliffs and grassy slopes provide nesting sites for various seabirds.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Senegalese Tirailleurs monument | Senegal

The Senegalese Tirailleurs were a corps of colonial infantry in the French Army. They were initially recruited from Senegal. Tirailleur means something like riflemen.

The first Senegalese Tirailleurs were formed in 1857 and served France in a number of wars, including World War I

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Palacio de Valle, Cienfuegos | Cuba

The colonial town of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 in the Spanish territory but was initially settled by immigrants of French origin. It became a trading place for sugar cane, tobacco and coffee. Situated on the Caribbean coast of southern-central Cuba at the heart of the country’s sugar cane, mango, tobacco and coffee production area, the town first developed in the neoclassical style.

The Palacio de Valle was built in 1913 for a business tycoon. Today it is open to tourists at its lovely first floor restaurant and also holds various cultural events throughout the year.

Issued in 2001 to celebrate the 1700th anniversary of the founding of San Marino.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Crespi d'Adda | Italy

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Crespi d'Adda in Capriate San Gervasio is an outstanding example of the 19th- and early 20th-century 'company towns' built in Europe and North America by enlightened industrialists to meet the workers' needs.

In 1869 Cristoforo Benigno Crespi, a textile manufacturer built a cotton mill on the banks of the river Adda. He founded the village of Crespi to house the workers in his textile factory.

Augustusburg Palace | Germany

Augustusburg Palace represents one of the first examples of buildings in Rococo style in Germany. It was the favorite residence of Clemens August von Bayern, archbishop of Cologne, who lived from 1700 tot 1761.

Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tomioka Silk Mill | Japan

Established in 1872, the Tomioka Silk Mill is Japan's first, modern silk factory for processing silkworm cocoons into raw silk. The mill was built as a model factory by the Japanese government with the help of French specialists to improve the quality of silk produced in Japan through the use of modern machines and advanced working conditions for its workers. It was part of far-reaching efforts by the government of the Meiji Period to modernize Japan and catch up to the West.

Tomioka Silk Mill is part of the Unesco World Heritage site inscribed  under the name ‘Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining’.

Hagi Castle Town | Japan

Hagi Castle Town is part of the Unesco World Heritage site inscribed  under the name ‘Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining’.

A group of sites that played an important part in the industrialization of Japan from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Marksburg Castle | Germany

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The Marksburg is a castle near the town of Braubach in Germany. It is one of the principal sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed under the name Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

According to, the 65km-stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley, with its castles, historic towns and vineyards, graphically illustrates the long history of human involvement with a dramatic and varied natural landscape.

A matching stamp!


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