Friday, October 21, 2016

Alto Douro Valley | Portugal

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.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Qolşärif Mosque in the Kazan Kremlin | Russia

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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Village Called San Gimignano | Italy

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 town.

The "Historic Centre of San Gimignano", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cidade Velha | Cape Verde

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. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Alcázar of Segovia | Spain

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.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Kronborg Castle | Denmark

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.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

In remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (1927-2016) | Thailand

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.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Temple Mount | Israel

The 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".

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mantenga Cultural Village | Swaziland

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. 

Thanks again David for yet another surprise card!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The ruins of Spiš Castle | Slovakia

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’.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley | Andorra

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.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy | Bahrain

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. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Maluku | Indonesia

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 Island | Indonesia

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. 


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