Sunday, September 30, 2018

Flags of the World | Hong Kong

The flag of Hong Kong features a white, stylised, five-petal Hong Kong orchid tree (Bauhinia blakeana) flower in the centre of a red field. Its design was adopted on 4 April 1990.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests | China

The Temple of Heaven is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

The postcard shows the interior of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. The building is completely wooden, with no nails. The original building was burned down by a fire caused by lightning in 1889. The current building was re-built several years after the incident.

Temple of Heaven is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Old City of Acre | Israel

Acre (also known as Akko) is a city in the northern part of Israel. A city with a rich history as it is actually one of the oldest cities in the world, continuously inhabited since 4000 years. Here you see a more close-up of Acre.

The remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact, both above and below today's street level.

Old City of Acre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Mount Tai | China

Mount Tai (Tai Shan in Chinese) is a mountain of historical and cultural significance located north of the city of Tai'an, in Shandong Province.

Mount Tai is one of the "Five Sacred Mountains of Taoism". It is associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal, and is often regarded the foremost of the five. The temples on its slopes have been a destination for pilgrims for 3,000 years.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The works of Antoni Gaudi | Spain

This postcard shows three iconic attractions in Barcelona. On the left Casa Batlló, Sagrada Familia in the middle and Parque Güell on the right. All designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudí.

Seven of Gaudi’s works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO:
- Parque Güell
- Palacio Güell
- Casa Mila
- Casa Vicens
- Nativity Façade and Crypt of the Sagrada Familia
- Casa Batlló
- Crypt at the Colònia Güell century.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

St. Pauli Landungsbrücken | Germany

Port of Hamburg is a sea port on the river Elbe in Hamburg, Germany. After Rotterdam, the 2nd busiest port in Europe. St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (lit. landing bridges) were once a landing pier for steam ships and now function as a connector for underground and suburban trains.

Here you see a quit similar card I received in 2015, just shot from a slightly different angle.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Flags of the World | Belgium

In 1830, the Belgian Revolution led to the separation of the Southern Provinces from the Netherlands and to the establishment of an independent Belgium.

The Belgium flag was officially adopted on January 23, 1831.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Joggins Fossil Cliffs | Canada

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs is a 690 ha palaeontological site along the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Joggings have been described as the “coal age Galápagos” due to their wealth of fossils from the Carboniferous period, about 350 to 290 million years ago.

Joggins Fossil Cliffs is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Suomenlinna Fortress | Finland

Built in the second half of the 18th century by Sweden on a group of islands located at the entrance of Helsinki's harbour, this fortress is an especially interesting example of European military architecture of the time.

Here you see a more close-up of Suomenlinna Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Buddhist stupa of Bauddhanath | Nepal

Kathmandu Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous.

The seven groups of monuments and buildings include:
- Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur
- the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath
- and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.

Sunrise Peak on Jeju Island | South Korea

Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This site comprise three sites that make up 18,846 ha.

It includes Geomunoreum, regarded as the finest lava tube system of caves anywhere.

This postcard is about Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) tuff cone, rising out of the ocean, a dramatic landscape. In the background you see Mount Halla. The highest mountain in Korea, together with its waterfalls, multi-shaped rock formations, and lake-filled crater it is the third part of this UNESCO site.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Famosa | Malaysia

A Famosa is a former Portuguese fortress located in Malacca, Malaysia. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Southeast Asia and the Far East. Actually only some small parts of the original fort remains today.

The fort was built in 1511 after a Portuguese fleet arrived that attacked and defeated the armies of the Malacca Sultanate. The fort changed hands in 1641 when the Dutch drove the Portuguese out of Malacca. The fortress changed hands again in the late 18th century when the Dutch handed it over to the British to prevent it from falling into the hands of Napoleon's expansionist France. 

Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Christ Church Malacca | Malaysia

Christ Church is an 18th-century Anglican church in the city of Malacca, Malaysia. The church was built in 1753 by the Dutch, 100 years after they took possession of Malacca from the Portuguese.

Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Battle of Tarawa | Kiribati

The Battle of Tarawa was a battle that was fought on 20–23 November 1943. It took place at the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, and was part of Operation Galvanic, the U.S. invasion of the Gilberts islands. Nearly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans died in the fighting, mostly on and around the small island of Betio, in the extreme southwest of Tarawa Atoll.

The Gilbert Islands are a chain of sixteen atolls and coral islands in the Pacific Ocean about halfway between Papua New Guinea and Hawaii. They form the main part of Kiribati.

Flags of the World | Indonesia

The flag of Indonesia was introduced and hoisted in public at the Indonesian Declaration of Independence on 17 August 1945 and again when the Dutch formally transferred sovereignty on 17 August 1950. The design of the flag has remained unchanged since.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sinharaja Forest Reserve | Sri Lanka

Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the country's last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Golden Langur | India

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage site.The name of the park is originated from the Manas River which passes through the heart of the national park. The Manas sanctuary is home to a great variety of wildlife, including many endangered species, such as the tiger, pygmy hog, Indian rhinoceros and Indian elephant.

Also included in this list of endangerd species is the Golden Langur. One of the most endangered primate species of India.

Guadalupe church | Nicaragua

The Guadalupe church is located in the eastern part of Granada, Nicaragua. It was constructed in 1626. Guadalupe Church is a beautiful example of Spanish colonial design.

Tokyo Tower | Japan

Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower. At 333 metres the second-tallest structure in Japan. The design of the tower was clearly inspired by the Eiffel Tower. It is the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Fleurieu Way to Kangaroo Island | Australia

Kangaroo Island is Australia's third-largest island, after Tasmania and Melville Island. The island is located about 13km off the coast near Adelaide. It is known for its spectacular landscapes and amazing diversity of wildlife. So you will find not only kangaroos.

The Fleurieu Peninsula is a peninsula in the Australian state of South Australia located south of the state capital of Adelaide. You can easily travel to Kangaroo island by ferry from Cape Jervis (on the Fleurieu Peninsula).

Thx Steve!

Flags of the World | Estonia

The Estonia flag was officially adopted on May 8, 1990. The Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic was renamed as the Republic of Estonia on this day. Since then it is no longer part of USSR.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Marhällan Lighthouse | Aland

The Åland Islands is an archipelago at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea belonging to Finland. It is an autonomous, demilitarised zone and is the only monolingually Swedish-speaking region in Finland.

Marhällan Lighthouse is located on a rock, 6 kilometres southwest of Mariehamn, capital of Aland Islands. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Göbekli Tepe | Turkey

Located in the Germuş mountains of south-eastern Anatolia, this property presents monumental circular and rectangular megalithic structures, which were erected by hunter-gatherers between 9,600 and 8,200 BCE. This is probably the first human-built holy place.

One of the best ways to comprehend just how ancient Göbekli Tepe is, is to compare it to other things that are considered incredibly ancient. Göbekli Tepe predates Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric construction feats in human history, by over 6,000 years. The site predates the era of Sumer, considered one of the earliest true civilizations, and the invention of writing, by a similar, 6,000-ish year margin. To really put things in perspective, there was about as much time between the construction of Göbekli Tepe and the construction of Stonehenge as there was between the construction of Stonehenge and today.

Göbekli Tepe is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Montpelier Plantation | Saint Kitts and Nevis

Nevis is located about 350 km east-southeast of Puerto Rico and 80 km west of Antigua. The island has a population of about 11,000. Together with neighbouring island of Saint Kitts it constitutes one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Originally a sugar plantation, today the historic Montpelier Plantation is a Hotel and beach resort.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

San Agustín Archaeological Park | Colombia

San Agustín Archaeological Park in Colombia contains the largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in Latin America. The site is considered the world's largest necropolis.

San Agustín Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


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