Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Kujataa | Greenland



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Over the past 1000 years, Inuit and Viking cultures have shaped the people and land of South Greenland.

Kujataa Greenland: Norse and Inuit Farming at the Edge of the Ice Cap is a UNESCO World Heritage site for Denmark.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Yougadougourou - village Dogon | Mali


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The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of Mali, in West Africa.

The 'Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons)' is a Unesco World Heritage site. A vast cultural landscape covering 400,000 ha and includes 289 villages.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Flags of the World | United Kingdom - Wales


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While the other countries of the UK, Scotland, Ireland and England, are represented in the Union Jack, Wales isn’t. Wales instead stands alone with its much more detailed, unusual flag of a red dragon on a green and white background.

The proud and ancient battle standard of the Welsh is The Red Dragon. The dragon has been associated with Wales for a long time, but its origins and why it is on the flag are unclear.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Landscapes of Dauria | Russia



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Landscapes of Dauria is a UNESCO World Heritage site for both Russia and Mongolia. The Dauria landscapes contains substantial and relatively undisturbed areas of different types of steppe, ranging from grassland to forest, as well as many lakes and wetlands.

Landscapes of Dauria is a resting place for 3 million migratory birds and home to rare animal species such as the endangered tarbagan marmot, the white-naped crane and the swan goose.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

St Mary's Cathedral - Hildesheim | Germany


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St Mary's Cathedral in Hildesheim is a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral, built between 1010 en 1020. The cathedral was completely destroyed during a WWII air raid and rebuilt from 1950 to 1960. 

St Mary's Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you see the Church of St. Michael.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Church of St. John the Baptist | Jordan


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St. John the Baptist Church is a Greek orthodox church near Al-Maghtas, the site of the baptism of Jesus Christ located in the Jordan Valley. Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

“Bethany beyond the Jordan” is of immense religious significance to the majority of denominations of Christian faith, who have accepted this site as the location where Jesus of Nazareth was baptised by John the Baptist.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Budelli Island | Italy



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The 'Maddalena Archipelago' is a group of islands in the Strait of Bonifacio between Corsica (France) and north-eastern Sardinia (Italy). The archipelago consists of seven main islands and numerous small islets. One of these is Budelli.

Budelli is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It is especially renowned for its Spiaggia Rosa (meaning "Pink Beach"), which owes its typical color to microscopic fragments of corals and shells.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Flags of the World | Malawi



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The flag of Malawi was adopted on 6 July 1964 after gaining independence from the United Kingdom. The rising sun represents the dawn of hope and freedom for the continent of Africa. The 31 rays of the sun represent the fact that Malawi was the 31st African nation at the time of its independence.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Escorial | Spain



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The Escorial is a vast building complex located in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid, in central Spain.

Built in the 16th century, the amazing building complex comprises a library, the royal residence of Phillip II, a basilica, a crypt, a convent, an architecture museum and the gardens.

Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Archaeological Site of Aigai | Greece


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Today’s Vergina (Ancient Aigai), in the foothills of Mt. Pieria, was the first capital of ancient kingdom of Macedonia, called Aigai. The first excavations on the site were carried out in the 19th century and were resumed in the 1930's.

Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina) is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Soap Khan - Tripoli | Lebanon


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Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli is one of a handful of cities in the eastern Mediterranean that was once famed for the production of soap.

The product even lent its name to the area’s historic khans, or caravanserais, since the area’s craftsmen were renowned for their soap, which was composed of oil from the area’s abundant olive trees.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Palm Beach | Aruba



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Palm Beach is a tourism district about 6 kilometers northwest of Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba. Aruba is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Long, white stretches of sand, crystal clear aquamarine water, palm trees, and a steady sea breeze to keep you cool…

Palm Beach is where most of the action is in Aruba. This is where most of the resorts call home. So this is also going to be one of the busiest, most crowded beaches on the island.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Jodensavanna | Suriname


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Jodensavanne (Dutch for "Jewish Savanna") was an agricultural community in Suriname, South America established by Jews fleeing persecution in Spain.

In 1639, the English government allowed Sephardi Jews from the Netherlands, Portugal and Italy to settle the area. The Jewish community was granted some autonomy and developed a sugar-cane plantation economy.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Flags of the World | Zimbabwe


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Seven even horizontal stripes of green, gold, red and black with a white triangle containing a red 5-pointed star with a bird: the national flag of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe was under the British rule from 1895 to 1980, during this period it was called Southern Rhodesia. As soon as the country gained its independence, it changed its name to Zimbabwe and adopted a new flag to signify a new beginning as an independent democratic nation. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Srebarna Nature Reserve | Bulgaria


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This postcard shows three different World Heritage sites in Bulgaria: Ancient City of Nessebar, Rila Monastery and Srebarna Nature Reserve.

The Srebarna Nature Reserve is a freshwater lake located in northeastern Bulgaria, near the village of the same name. The lake is the breeding ground of almost 100 species of birds, many of which are rare or endangered.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Poverty Point | USA



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Poverty Point State Historic Site is a prehistoric earthwork constructed by the Poverty Point culture. The site contains earthen ridges and mounds, built by indigenous people between 1700 and 1100 BC (that is 3400 years ago!). The earthworks are named after a 19th century plantation on the property.

The card itself looks a bit peculiar dont you think? It is actually an aerial photograph of the site. Most of this site is hidden in the earth!

Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Serralunga d'Alba - The Langhe | Italy


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The Langhe is a hilly area to the south and east of the river Tanaro in Piedmont, northern Italy. The region is famous for its winegrowing and winemaking traditions. Serralunga d'Alba is a town located in this area.

Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato is a Unesco World Heritage site. 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Flags of the World | Jamaica


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The flag of Jamaica was first raised on August 6, 1962, Jamaican Independence Day. A diagonal yellow cross divides the Jamaican flag into four black and green triangles.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Palmeral of Elche | Spain


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The old city of Elche is basically built within a forest of 200,000 palm trees. One tree for every inhabitant! Its origins date back to the time the Muslim city of Elche was erected, towards the end of the tenth century A.C., when much of the Iberian peninsula was Arab.

The Palmeral of Elche is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Palmeral is an oasis, a system for agrarian production in arid areas. It is also a unique example of Arab agricultural practices on the European continent.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Bombay High Court | India


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The Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai is a collection of 19th century Victorian Neo Gothic public buildings and 20th century Art Deco buildings. This collection of the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco buildings are set around the Oval Maidan, a large recreational ground in Mumbai.

Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai is a Unesco World Heritage site. Bombay High Court is an example of the 19th century Victorian Gothic buildings.

Thx Sayam!

Municipal Corporation Building, Mumbai | India



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The Municipal Corporation Building (MCB) houses the civic body that governs the city of Mumbai. Building started in 1884 en was completed in 1893.

Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Gemia Island | Malaysia


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Gemia is a small uninhabited island and is located 5 kilometers from the East Coast of Malaysia. Pulau Gemia is a small, rocky island covered with lush tropical greenery and bordered by coves of pure white sand.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Flags of the World | Vatican



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The flag of Vatican City was adopted on June 7, 1929, the year Pope Pius XI signed the Lateran Treaty with Italy, creating a new independent state governed by the Holy See. The Vatican flag is modeled on the 1808 yellow and white flag of the earlier Papal States.

The flag is probably one of the smallest. With height to width 1:1 it is actually a square. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

World's most dangerous bird | Australia


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"He came home crosshatched and bleeding," McColl said. He told her, "'Oh my god, Doon, it was Jurassic Park!" The attacking bird was a Cassowary - an enormous, flightless bird.

What makes them dangerous, are their feet. Three toes sport pointed nails. The most dangerous of which is the middle, which ends in a veritable dagger several inches long. Cassowaries are native to the tropics of Queensland, Australia, and New Guinea.

thx Steve!

Monday, June 3, 2019

La Lonja de la Seda | Spain


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The Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange in English) is a late Valencian Gothic-style civil building in Valencia, Spain.  This masterpiece of late Gothic architecture was built between 1482 and 1533.

The card shows the Sala de Contratación (Contract or Trading Hall). According to UNESCO it illustrates the power and wealth of a major Mediterranean mercantile city in the 15th and 16th centuries.

La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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