Postcard Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in
the Alto Douro region for some 2,000 years. Recognising the importance of the
landscape and the traditional wine production activities, in 2001, UNESCO
classified 24 600 hectares of the Alto Douro Wine Region as a World Heritage.
A kremlin is a major fortified central
complex found in historic Russian cities. The Qolşärif Mosque is
located inside the Kazan Kremlin, the main historic citadel of Tatarstan. The
mosque can accommodate 1,500 believers, while more than 10,000 can be
accommodated in the adjacent square.
The “Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan
Kremlin” is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000.
San Gimignano is a small medieval town in Tuscany,
Italy. The walled town is famous for its medieval architecture, especially its
towers. Located atop a hill the skyline can be seen for several miles outside
The "Historic Centre of San Gimignano", is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
The town of Ribeira Grande, renamed Cidade Velha in the late 18th century, was the first European colonial outpost in the tropics. Located in the south of the island of Santiago, the town features some of the original street layout impressive remains including two churches, a royal fortress and Pillory Square with its ornate 16th century marble pillar.
This postcard doesn’t show much of the old town, only a part of the beach/coastline. But as you can read on the back, it is definitely a part of Cidade Velha.
The Alcázar of Segovia is a fairy-tale-like
castle, located in the old city of Segovia, Spain. The Alcázar was
originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state
prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy since then. It is
currently in use as a museum and a military archives building.
The Alcázar is part of UNESCO World Heritage site Old
Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct.
Protected Fauna – Crayfish, part of a set of three
stamps issued in 2016.
Kronborg is a castle and stronghold in
the town of Helsingør, Denmark. The castle is situated on the
extreme northeastern tip of the island of Zealand. The origins of this
castle dates back to the year 1420. Kronborg is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000.
Did you know that this is the castle that Shakespeare set
Hamlet in? Shakespeare called Kronborg Castle Elsinore.
The stamps are part of a set of 4 stamps about
(Danish) farm animals (issue 2016). From left to right: the Oldenburg Stallion,
Danish Red Holstein and Wyandotte Chicken.
The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
(Wat Phrakaew) are located on Rattanakosin island, the heart of Old Bangkok
city. The Emerald Buddha is a dark green statue, approximately 66 centimetres
tall, carved from a single jade stone.
Wat Phra Kaew is located inside the Grand Palace
complex, undoubtedly Bangkok’s most famous landmark. Built in 1782 - and for
150 years the home of the Thai King.
Temple Mount, known to Muslims as el-Harem al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) with
its golden Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine and lead-domed al-Aqsa mosque,
dominates this aerial view of the Old City of Jerusalem.
The UN's cultural agency Unesco has adopted a motion which
marginalises Jewish ties to several holy sites in Jerusalem: the Temple
Mount and the Western Wall.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the
resolution, sponsored by several Arab countries, denies the Jewish connection
to holy sites in Jerusalem and is a "theatre of the absurd".
Mantenga is a small protected area of 725 hectares in
a secluded corner of the Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland. The reserve is home to
the Mantenga Cultural Village, a living museum of old traditions and represents
a classical Swazi lifestyle during the 1850s.
The ruins of Spiš Castle in eastern Slovakia form one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe. This is one of the biggest European castles by area (41 426 m²). On the left you see St. Martin's Cathedral in nearby Spišská Kapitula.
Both are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site inscribed under the name‘ Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments’.
The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is an exceptional geographical unit located in the south-eastern part of Andorra, in the heart of the Pyrenees. It covers more than 9% of the national territory.
The upper part of the valley is an exposed glacial landscape, with spectacular steep cliffs, rock and lake glaciers. Lower down, the valley narrows and becomes more wooded, while in its lowest section the river flows into a short gorge. A secondary valley, the Perafita-Claror Valley, merges with the Madriu Valley from the South-West.
Postal services in Andorra are not operated by its two larger neighbouring countries, Spain and France. This postcard travelled through the Spanish mail system.
Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy is the 2nd
Unesco World Heritage site of Bahrain.
The site consists of seventeen buildings in Muharraq
City, three offshore oyster beds, part of the seashore and the Qal’at Bu Mahir
fortress on the southern tip of Muharraq Island, from where boats used to set
off for the oyster beds. Muharraq Island is the second largest island
in the archipelago of Bahrain.
The building you see on the postcard is the windtower (or
wind catcher) of Isa bin Ali House, residence of the former ruler of Bahrain.
Maluku is a province of Indonesia. It
comprises the central and southern regions of the Maluku Islands. In the background you see the islands of Ternate and Tidore with the 1740 meters high mount Kiematubu.
Lombok is part of Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands. It
is one of the larger islands in Indonesia and is home to over 3 million
inhabitants. Lombok is surrounded by many islets, like the Gili Islands
in the northwest.