Saturday, September 24, 2016

The city of Ségou | Mali


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Mali is a landlocked country in West Africa with 15 million inhabitants. Neighbored by Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Coted’Ivoire, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.

With 135,000 inhabitants Ségou is the fifth-largest town in Mali. Located about 230 kilometres from capital Bamako.

Church of Saint Francis of Assisi | Brazil


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The Pampulha Modern Ensemble was the centre of a visionary garden city project created in 1940 at Belo Horizonte, Brazil.


Designed around an artificial lake, this cultural and leisure centre included a casino, a ballroom, the Golf Yacht Club and the São Francisco de Assis church. The buildings were designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, in collaboration with innovative artists.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Struve Geodetic Arc | Finland



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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. Aavasaksa is one of the six measuring points that are located in Finland.
 

The Struve is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites since 2005.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rila Monastery | Bulgaria


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The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. The monastery was founded in the 10th century, today housing around 60 monks. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro | Pakistan


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Mohenjo-daro is an archeological site in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. The site is an ancient Indus Valley Civilization city that flourished between 2600 and 1900 BCE. It was discovered in the 1920s. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tokyo, capital of Japan


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Tokyo is both the capital and most populous city of Japan, with over 13 million inhabitants. 

What makes the ‘perfect capital city card’ ? In my opinion a proper view of the city with name of the city on the foreground. So this card matches my criteria pretty much. But.. on closer inspection the card shows 'only' Nishi-Shinjuku, a skyscraper business district in Tokyo. Not sure if this is the 'best representation' of the city.

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International-letter-writing-week-stamp 2013.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Harare, capital of Zimbabwe


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Harare is the capital of Zimbabwe. With 2 million inhabitants it is also the most populous city in the country. The capital Harare was formerly called Salisbury from 1890 in honor of the British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury. It was renamed Harare on the second anniversary of Zimbabwean independence in 1982.

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Josiah Mushore Chinamano (1925 -1984). Special Heroes Stamp Issue (2016) to celebrate the lives of four Zimbabwean heroes.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Rhodes Island | Greece


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Rhodes is the largest of the twelve Dodecanese islands located in the Aegean sea.

Throughout its long history the different people who settled on Rhodes left their mark in all aspects of the island's culture: art, language, architecture. Its strategic position brought to the island great wealth and made the city of Rhodes one of the leading cities of the ancient Greek world. The Medieval City of Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Usually I only swap for "send from country of origin". But when arranging this swap, I might be blinded by the beauty of the view. So it was sent from Italy. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Amalfi Coast | Italy


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The Amalfi Coast (Italian: Costiera Amalfitana) is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Salerno Gulf in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. 
 
“Magically suspended between the blue sky and the iridescent colored sea, the Amalfi coast seems to be born from the palette of a painter who wanted to use the warmer color gradients for creating a landscape that enchants the visitor at the first shot.”

Costiera Amalfitana is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps | Gemany


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Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps is a series of 111 prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) in and around the Alps. Built from around 5000 to 500 B.C. on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands. The "Pfahlbau” site in the German town of Unteruhldingen is a great example.


None of the original dwellings remained intact from this prehistoric time in Alpine Europe but the locations the people chose have provided one major benefit for us today. The waterlogged environments have protected the foundations and other relics that were left underwater when the inhabitants moved on. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Old Havana | Cuba



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La Habana Vieja, or Old Havana, is the historic heart of Cuba’s capital city and the largest colonial centre in Latin America.

Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old centre retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, galleries, churches and lively plazas.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Karlskirche | Austria


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Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles from three periods: Middle Ages, the Baroque period, and the Gründerzeit.

St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche) is a baroque church in Vienna. Widely considered the most outstanding baroque church in Vienna, as well as one of the city's greatest buildings.

The historic centre of Vienna is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg | France


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The Grande Île, meaning the Large Island, is located at the historic centre of the city of Strasbourg in France. The details on the card are from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg).


Strasbourg – Grande île is a Unesco World Heritage site. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Struve Geodetic Arc | Estonia


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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. 

The Struve is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites since 2005.

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