Saturday, September 21, 2019

Rialto Bridge - Venice | Italy



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The arched Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice. It has been rebuilt several times since its first construction as a pontoon bridge in the 12th century, and is now a significant tourist attraction in the city.

Venice and its Lagoon is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Struve Geodetic Arc | Lithuania



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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.

Struve Geodetic Arc is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Struve Belarus  Struve Estonia  Struve Finland  Struve Latvia  Struve Lithuania  Struve Norway Struve Moldova  Struve Russia  Struve Sweden  Struve Ukraine

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Historic Cairo | Egypt


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The Citadel of Salah ad-Din is a medieval Islamic-era fortification in Cairo, Egypt. It was the seat of government in Egypt and the residence of its rulers for nearly 700 years from the 13th to the 19th centuries.

The Mosque of Ibn Tulun is located in Cairo, Egypt. Completed in 879, it is the oldest mosque in the city surviving in its original form, and is the largest mosque in Cairo in terms of land area.

Historic Cairo is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Both the citadel area and the Mosque of Ibn Tulun are part of this site.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Holy Island Northumberland | United Kingdom


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The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, also known simply as Holy Island, is a tidal island off the northeast coast of England. It is located in the part of England called Northumbria, once a medieval Anglian kingdom.

The island is home to a population of less than 200 and is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is cut off twice a day by the tides. Lindisfarne Castle is a 16th-century castle located on Holy Island, sited atop the volcanic mound known as Beblowe Craig.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Tambo island | Spain


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Pontevedra is a Spanish city in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula.

Tambo island is an uninhabited island located in the middle of the Pontevedra estuary. With a size of only 0,28 square kilometers it is very small island. Its highest peak is 80 meters. 

Querétaro Aqueduct | Mexico


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The 75-arched stone aqueduct of Santiago de Querétaro, which crosses over the Pan-American Highway at one point, supplied the city with drinking water well into the 20th century. To this day it still supplies water to the fountains scattered about Querétaro's old city.

Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Island of Saint-Louis | Senegal


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Founded as a French colonial settlement in the 17th century, Saint-Louis was urbanised in the mid-19th century. It was the capital of Senegal from 1872 to 1957 and played an important cultural and economic role in the whole of West Africa.

At the bottom of the card you see Faidherbe Bridge over the Sénégal River, connecting the island of Saint-Louis to the African mainland.

Island of Saint-Louis is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Stevns Klint | Denmark



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Stevns Klint is a white chalk cliff located on the Danish island of Zealand. This geological site comprises a 15 km-long fossil-rich coastal cliff, offering exceptional evidence of the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite that crashed into the planet at the end of the Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago.

Researchers think that this caused the most remarkable mass extinction ever, responsible for the disappearance of over 50 per cent of all life on Earth. The site harbours a record of the cloud of ash formed by the impact of the meteorite.

Stevns Klint is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Baikonur Cosmodrome | Kazakhstan


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Kazakhstan isn't known for its space program. So why does the country have a large space facility known as the Baikonur Cosmodrome?

For most of its existence, the Kazakh cosmodrome was a secret site whose location was unknown in the West. It was built at the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, when Russia was part of the Soviet Union and the Space Age was just starting.

But with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, everything changed. Today, the Russians lease the Baikonur Cosmodrome from Kazakhstan. To support Russia while benefiting from its space station, NASA agreed to a shuttle-Mir program, which paid Russia to host American astronauts on the Mir space station.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

District of Albayzin in Granada | Spain



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The Albaicín or Albayzín as it was known under Muslim rule, is a district of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.

It retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past dating back to the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada.

Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Pitsunda Cathedral | Abkhazia



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The Pitsunda Cathedral is a Georgian Orthodox Cathedral located in the de facto independent Republic of Abkhazia. Pitsunda Cathedral was built at the end of the 10th century by King Bagrat III of Georgia.

Abkhazia is a de facto sovereign state in the South Caucasus on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. Its population is around 250,000 and the capital is Sukhumi.

Abkhazia declared independence in 1999 but is not recognized internationally except by a few countries. Abkhazia together with Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, and South Ossetia are post-Soviet "frozen conflict" zones.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Palio di Siena | Italy


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The Palio di Siena, known locally simply as Il Palio, is a horse race that is held twice each year, on 2 July and 16 August, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards.

The race itself, in which the jockeys ride bareback, circles the Piazza del Campo, on which a thick layer of earth has been laid. The race is run for three laps of the piazza and usually lasts no more than 90 seconds.

Thanks you very much Luca and Raffaella!

Cascata delle Marmore | Italy



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Marmore Falls is a man-made waterfall created by the ancient Romans. Its total height is 165 m (541 feet), making it the tallest man-made waterfall in the world.

Thanks you very much Luca and Raffaella!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Old Man of Storr - Isle of Skye | United Kingdom


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The Island of Skye, located off the west coast of Scotland is 50 miles long and the largest of the Inner Hebrides.

The Inner Hebrides comprise 35 inhabited islands as well as 44 uninhabited islands with an area greater than 30 hectares (74 acres). Skye, Islay and Mull are the three largest islands, and also have the highest populations.

The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

The archaeological zone of Paquimé | Mexico


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The archaeological zone of Paquimé is located in the Municipality of Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. It is located at the foot of the Sierra Madre. It is estimated to contain the remains of some 2,000 rooms in clusters of living rooms, workshops and stores, with patios. The predominant building material is unfired clay (adobe).

It is the largest archaeological zone that represents the peoples and cultures of the Chihuahua Desert. Its development took place in the years 700-1475 and it reached its apogee in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage | Indonesia


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The Nurul Islam Great Mosque or also known as Sawahlunto Great Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Indonesia. The mosque was built in 1894, during the Dutch colonial period and it was originally a steam power plant for the Ombilin Coal Mine. Its chimney was later used as a minaret.

Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Flags of the World | Ethiopia



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The current flag of Ethiopia was adopted on 06 February 1996. The green, yellow and red were used for the flag of the Ethiopian Empire in 1914.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Flags of the World | Sri Lanka


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The Sri Lanka flag was officially adopted on December 17, 1978. The green represents Muslims, while the orange represents Hindus (Tamils).

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Porta San Giacomo | Italy


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Bergamo is an Italian city northeast of Milan, in the Lombardy region. Its older upper district, called Città Alta, is characterized by cobblestone streets, encircled by Venetian walls. Porta San Giacomo is one of the four gates from the Venetian walls to the upper city of Bergamo, it was built in 1592.

Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This property consists of 6 components of defence works in Italy, Croatia and Montenegro.

The other two fortified cities in Italy are:
- Fortified city of Peschiera del Garda
- City Fortress of Palmanova


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Historic Centre of Oporto | Portugal


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The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro river, is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon.

Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar is a Unesco World Heritage site. The card shows Cais da Ribeira, located near the Luiz I bridge.

In the 14th century the construction started of massive stone town walls to protect its two urban nuclei: the original medieval town and the harbour area.The Historic Centre of Oporto is located within the line of these Fernandine walls (named after Dom Fernando, in whose reign they were completed in 1376), together with some smaller areas that retain their medieval characteristics.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Douglas | Isle of Man



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Douglas is the capital and largest town of the Isle of Man, with a population of about 28,000. The city is located at the mouth of the River Douglas.

The ship is a 96-metre wave piercing catamaran and the largest vessel of its kind in the Irish Sea. It is one of the ferries operating between Liverpool and Douglas.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Los Diablitos y el Reloj Colonial | Honduras


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Comayagua is a city in Honduras founded in 1537. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral is one of the oldest cathedrals in Central America. Buiding started in 1634. The clock is actually the cathedral's original clock. It is the oldest working clock in South America.

The masked guys are so called Los Diablitos (Little Devils). Once a year they perform the dance of the Little Devils, a traditional folklore dance, recreating a battle between the Moors and the Christians.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Yancheng Coastal Wetlands | China



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The Yancheng Coastal Wetlands is the largest coastal wetlands nature reserve in China. The reserve harbors a great diversity in plant species and is an important wintering habitat for many bird species, especially the red crowned crane.

Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China (Phase I) is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Flags of the World | St Vincent and the Grenadines


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The flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was adopted on 21 October 1985.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Centennial Hall | Poland


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The Centennial Hall is a historic building in Wrocław, Poland. Built in 1911-1913 by the architect Max Berg as a multi-purpose recreational building. It can accommodate up to 10,000 people.

According to Unesco the Centennial Hall is an outstanding example of early Modernism and the innovative use of reinforced concrete structures in the building industry. Centennial Hall in Wrocław is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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