Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge | Bosnia Herzegovina

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The Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge is a historic bridge in Višegrad, over the Drina River in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bridge was built at the end of the 16th century by the court architect Mimar Koca Sinan, one of the most celebrated builders of the Ottoman Empire.

Look at the odd shape of the stamp on the right. Never seen a stamp shaped like this.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Old Rauma | Finland

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Rauma is a town on the west coast of Finland, known for the old wooden architecture of its centre, which is a Unesco world heritage site.

Part of a set of 4 postcrossing stamps (2013).

Monday, March 20, 2017

Qutab Minar Tower | India

Qutab Minar is a 73 meters-high tower of victory, built in the early 13th century by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India.

The tower is part of UNESCO World Heritage site incribed under the name Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sopoćani monastery | Serbia

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The medieval Serbian monastery of Sopoćani was built around 1260. The monastery is part of UNESCO World Heritage site Stari Ras and Sopoćani.

Included in this property are Stari Ras (the remains of the first capital of Serbia), Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery and the Holy Apostles St Peter and St Paul Church (St Peter’s Church).

Sanctuary of Oropa | Italy

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The Sanctuary of Oropa is a group of Roman Catholic buildings and structures in the municipality of Biella, Italy. It is located at a height of 1,159 metres in a small valley of the Alpi Biellesi.

The sanctuary is part of UNESCO World Heritage site Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy. This property consist of a series of nine separate complexes located in the mountains of Northern Italy (Varallo, Crea, Orta, Varese, Oropa, Ossuccio, Ghiffa, Domodossola, and Valperga). These complexes are groups of chapels and other architectural features created in the late 16th and 17th centuries and dedicated to different aspects of the Christian faith.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tokaj Wine Region | Hungary

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The Tokaj Wine Region is a historical wine region located in northeastern Hungary and southeastern Slovakia. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2002.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The smallest post office in the USA

Smallest post office USA
The post office at Ochopee, Florida, is the smallest in the USA. The building, once a tool shed, was converted into the post office after a fire in 1953 destroyed the original Ochopee Post Office.

Matching special postmark!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Taos Pueblo | USA

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Pueblos are modern and old communities of Native Americans in the Southwestern United States. The first Spanish explorers of the Southwest used this term to describe the communities housed in apartment structures built of stone, adobe mud, and other local material. These structures were usually multi-storied buildings surrounding an open plaza.

Taos Pueblo in New Mexico is a centuries old Pueblo Indian settlement, dating back to the 13th century. Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tequila | Mexico

Tequila is a town is Mexico, about 25 miles from Guadalajara. The famous liquor, named after this place, is made from the blue agave plant, native to this area. The small pictures show a traditional factory.

Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Lutherstadt Wittenberg | Germany

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Lutherstadt Wittenberg is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Four buildings in Wittenberg are designated as a UNESCO world Heritage site: Castle Church, the Luther House, St. Mary's Church, and the Melanchthon House.

One of the oldest buildings in Wittenberg is the Church of St. Mary's. Here Martin Luther preached.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Archaeological site of Tiya | Ethiopia

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Just outside the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, the archeologically wondrous Tiya Stelae can be found, mysterious carved stones whose purpose is still unclear.

Tiya is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lutherstadt Eisleben part two | Germany

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In my previous post I showed a card of Lutherstadt Eisleben. Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The houses in Eisleben where Luther was born (1483) and died (1546) are included in this Unesco site.

As this card is showing both Martin Luther's Geburtshaus and his Sterbehause (birth house and death house), it is definitely UNESCO. Actually I received this second Luther card by surprise, only a few days after the first.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Lutherstadt Eisleben | Germany

Martin Luther
Lutherstadt Eisleben is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Martin Luther was born in this city in 1483. Martin Luther was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and an important figure in the Protestant Reformation.

Luther rejected several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed his understanding of the Catholic view on indulgences, that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. In the end it resulted in his excommunication by the Pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.

Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

But... as Dustin pointed out in the comments, only the houses in Eisleben where Luther was born (1483) and died (1546) are included in this Unesco site. So in the end this postcard can't be marked as Unesco.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The old town of Bardejov | Slovakia

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Bardejov is a small but exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a fortified medieval town, located in eastern Slovakia.

Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day 2017 | China

The theme for International Women's Day 2017 is "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030" (#BeBoldForChange).
Globalization, digital innovation and climate change, among other factors, continue to change the world in which we work — posing both challenges as well as opportunities in realizing women’s economic potential for a better tomorrow. 

The Lisu people are a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group who inhabit mountainous regions of Myanmar, southwest China, Thailand, and the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

For untold generations, villagers, young and old, living along the torrent Nujiang, or “Nu River” in China’s southwestern Yunnan province, have used makeshift ziplines to crisscross its banks. Today government-built bridges are quickly replacing their traditional form of mode of transportation.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Langkawi Island | Malaysia

Langkawi Malaysia
Langkawi, officially known as Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah, is an archipelago of about 100 islands in the Andaman Sea. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border.

Langkawi Island is the main island and one of the two inhabited islands in this archipelago.

The stamp is part of a series of six stamps about orchids, issued February 2017. The 60 sen stamp shows Rhynchostylis, commonly known as the foxtail orchid.

thx again SL!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Koh Dong Island | Thailand

Tarutao National Park Thailand

Satun is one of the southern provinces of Thailand, close to the Malaysian border. Today, the South Andaman Sea of Thailand in Satun is a popular travel destination among foreign and Thai travelers.

One of the main attractions is the 51 islands that make up Tarutao National Park, Thailand’s first Marine National Park (established in 1972). All but one of the 51 islands are uninhabited. Like many of the islands in this region, koh Dong is a popular diving spot.

thx SL!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

De Palm Island | Aruba

All inclusive paradise Aruba
De Palm Island is Aruba's only all-inclusive destination at an affordable all-inclusive price. Whether you are a family looking for a day of fun and adventure together or a couple seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy beach area for some relaxation and pampering, this unique coral island offers something for everyone! Just bring your towel, swimwear and camera and enjoy.

Part of a set of 5 stamps about marine fish, issued 2016. The wrasses are a family of marine fish, many of which are brightly colored. The family is large and diverse, with over 600 species.

Ulpiana and Novoberda | Kosovo

Kosovo Roman cities

Remnants of the Roman empire lie just 7 kilometres south east of Prishtina at the Ulpiana excavation site. The ancient city is believed to date back to the first century. At that time, the territories of Serbia, Kosovo, and portions of Macedonia and Bulgaria were known as the Roman province of Moesia Superior.

Novoberda was one of the biggest cities in Balkans and had a great importance. In 1400 it was the fourth largest city in Europe with a population of 60,000 (London had 40,000 at the time). It was regarded as one of the richest cities in Balkans because of its natural resources, and  was often called “the city of silver and gold”. All that remains today is the ruined castle, a derelict mosque and Byzantine era church.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Zakynthos Island | Greece

Ionian Islands

The Ionian Islands are a group of islands in Greece. The seven main islands are Corfu, Paxos, Lefkada, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Cythera. But the group includes many smaller islands.

Zakynthos or Zante is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. The island has 41,000 inhabitants and is a popular tourist destination.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Archaeological Site of Troy | Turkey

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Troy is a city which existed over 4.000 years and is known as the center of ancient civilizations. For many years people believed that the city only existed in the Greek and latin literature, like Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. But the ruins of Troy were first discovered in 1822 and excavated from 1870 to 1890.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

São Marcelo Fort | Brazil

São Marcelo Fort started as a triangular bastion, built in wood in the beginning of the 17th century, on a reef in the entrance of the port of Salvador. The Fort has undergone several changes, extensions and adaptions throughout its military history.

It was built to protect the important port city Salvador from threats of the Dutch. The city had the largest number of forts during the colonial period of Brazil. In the end of the 18th century it served as a prison for undisciplined students and important historical characters.


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