Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč | Croatia

The Euphrasian Basilica or the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Mary is a basilica in Poreč, Croatia. The most striking feature of the basilica are its mosaics, dating from the 6th century.

The Basilica is part of UNESCO World Heritage site Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč.

Flags of the World | Nepal

The Nepal flag was officially adopted on December 16, 1962. Nepal is the only country that does not have a rectangular national flag.

The blue border symbolizes peace and harmony. The crimson red is Nepal's national color, and it indicates the brave spirits of the Nepalese people. The two triangles symbolize the Himalaya Mountains.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

National Coffee Park | Colombia

Did you know that Colombia's coffee production is the third total highest in the world, after Brazil and Vietnam? The National Coffee Park is a theme park located in the department of Quindío, Colombia. The park is located near the cities of Montenegro and Armenia. 

The park is located within the boundaries of UNESCO World Heritage site Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia.  The site reflects a centennial tradition of coffee growing in small plots in the high forest and the way farmers have adapted cultivation to difficult mountain conditions. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The island of Skiathos | Greece

Skiathos is a small Greek island in the northwest Aegean Sea. Skiathos is the westernmost island in the Northern Sporades archipelago.

The island has a population of about 6,000. Beacuse of its many beaches and wooded landscape it is a popular tourist destination.

Hanseatic League member Duisburg | Germany

Duisburg is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Ruh it is the world's largest inland port. Duisburg was one of the alost 200 members of the Hanseatic League or Hansa.

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.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Brandenburg an der Havel | Germany

Brandenburg an der Havel is a German town located on the banks of the River Havel. In 1314 the town joined the Hanseatic League. 

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.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Tham Ting Cave | Laos

Tham Ting Cave is an important cave located on the east bank of Mekong River, 30 kilometers north of Luang Prabang, Laos. There are about over 4,000 Buddha statues of various sizes in the cave.

Town of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site. However these caves are outside the boundaries of the site.

Western Caucasus | Russia

The Western Caucasus is one of the few large mountain areas of Europe that has not experienced significant human impact. Its subalpine and alpine pastures have only been grazed by wild animals, and its extensive tracts of undisturbed mountain forests are unique in Europe. The site has a great diversity of ecosystems, with important endemic plants and wildlife.

Western Caucasus is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Flags of the World | Chile

On 26 May 1817, the Chilean patriot forces scored a victory at the Battle of Chacabuco and raised the Flag of the Transition that had three horizontal stripes of blue, white and red.

The current flag was adopted on 18 October 1817. The colors of the Flag of the Transition were rearranged and, with an inspitation from the American flag, a star was added to represent an independent state.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sigiriya Rock | Sri Lanka

Sigiriya is an Historic place in Sri Lanka, known for its 180m high 'Lion's Rock'. The ruins of this ancient capital, built by King Kassapa I (477–495), lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of this granite peak.

Ancient City of Sigiriya is a UNESCO World Heritage site. According to Unesco the site is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.

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Place Stanislas, Nancy | France

The Place Stanislas is a large pedestrianised square in the French city of Nancy. The square is named after Stanislas Leszczynski (1677 - 1766), who was King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania and Duke of Lorraine. Nancy was the capital of (upper) Lorraine that was annexed by the Kingdom of France in 1766.

Place Stanislas, together with Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance in Nancy is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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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