Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ban Chiang Archaeological Site | Thailand



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Ban Chiang is considered the most important prehistoric settlement so far discovered in South-East Asia. It marks an important stage in human cultural, social and technological evolution.

The site presents the earliest evidence of farming in the region and of the manufacture and use of metals. source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/575



Saturday, February 17, 2018

Pillar tombs at Xanthos | Turkey



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Southwest Turkey, along and inland from the popular "Turquoise Coast", was home to the ancient Lycians. One of the most interesting features of the Lycians is their funerary culture, as seen in the incredible tombs that they built.

The least common form of Lycian tombs is the pillar tomb (as can be seen on the upper right picture). These are the oldest form of Lycian tombs, and were used primarily for important persons.

Xanthos-Letoon is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Old Town Hall in Levoča | Slovakia


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Levoča is a town in eastern Slovakia with a population of 14,600. The origins of the old Town Hall in Levoča dates back to the 15th century. The gothic building was destroyed almost completely in 1550 during a fire.

The historic town-centre of Levoča is part of UNESCO World Heritage site Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monument.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Flags of the World | Alderney


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Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands, which is a British Crown Dependency lying in the English Channel close to the coast of Normandy. The other two Channel Islands are Jersey and Guernsey.

The flag of Alderney was adopted in 1993. The flag is St George's Cross defaced with Alderney's coat of arms, a lion rampant holding a sprig on a green background with a golden border.

The Sentinal of Semaphore | Australia


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Semaphore is a suburb located in north-west of Adelaide. The Sentinal of Semaphore’ is a solid stone structure that was built in 1875. At 1pm daily, the black ball drops, signalling ships to rate their chronometers, vital navigation instruments. Similar towers were set up in many cities around the world.

Time Ball is a, today obsolete, time-signalling device. It consists of a large, painted wooden or metal ball that is dropped at a predetermined time, principally to enable navigators aboard ships offshore to verify the setting of their marine chronometers.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Split Rock Lighthouse | USA



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Split Rock Lighthouse is a lighthouse located southwest of Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA on the on the rocky coast of Lake Superior. The events that took place in November 1905 prompted the construction of this lighthouse.

The Mataafa Storm, is the name of a storm that occurred on the Great Lakes on November 27–28, 1905. The storm, named after the steamship Mataafa, ended up destroying or damaging about 29 vessels and killing 36 seamen on Lake Superior. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Greetings from Maputo | Mozambique


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It has already been 5 years since I received my first card from Mozambique! Very happy to show this second card depicting Maputo.

Maputo is the capital and, with over 1 million inhabitants, most populous city of Mozambique. The city is located on a hill in the south of the country, on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hydra Island | Greece



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The Saronic Islands or Argo-Saronic Islands is an archipelago in Greece, named after the Saronic Gulf in which they are located, just off the Greek mainland. Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of this stunning little paradise is that there are no cars or motor vehicles on the island, aside from garbage trucks and ambulances. The main method of transportation here are the delightful mules and donkeys, as well as the water taxis. 

Muscat, the capital of Oman


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Muscat is the capital of Oman. It is also the seat of government and largest city with a population of over 630,000.

A special aspect of Muscat is surely the Corniche (boulevard) along the deep blue water and the rugged rocky mountains.  A walk of about 3 kilometers. Lined with 19th-century merchants' houses and punctuated by colourful minarets, Muttrah's sweeping seafront is the city's old commercial centre. It remains one of Muscat's most vibrant areas, especially at sunset when families come out to stroll. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Flags of the World | Myanmar



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The current flag of Myanmar was adopted in 2010 to replace the former flag in use since 1974. The new flag was introduced along with implementing changes the country's new name:  Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Rietveld Schröder House | Netherlands



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"The Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht was commissioned by Ms Truus Schröder-Schräder, designed by the architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, and built in 1924.

This small family house, with its interior, the flexible spatial arrangement, and the visual and formal qualities, was a manifesto of the ideals of the De Stijl group of artists and architects in the Netherlands in the 1920s, and has since been considered one of the icons of the Modern Movement in architecture."

source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/965

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Harar Gate | Ethiopia


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Harar is a walled city in eastern Ethiopia, about five hundred kilometers from Addis Ababa at an elevation of 1,885 meters. The fortified historic town of Harar is located in the eastern part of the country on a plateau with deep gorges surrounded by deserts and savannah. The walls surrounding this sacred Muslim city were built between the 13th and 16th centuries.

Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Schönbrunn Palm House | Austria


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Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Austria. This card representing the gardens-part. The Palm House is located on the site of the former Dutch Botanical Garden and was established in 1881. The Schönbrunn Palm House was the last of its type to be constructed in continental Europe.

According to UNESCO, It is impossible to separate the gardens from the palace, of which they form an organic extension. This is an excellent example of the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk, a masterly fusion of many art forms.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Rath Yatra Festival | India


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Ratha Yatra is a Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Odisha, India.

The famous festival that is celebrated usually in the month of June or July commences when the chariots of Lord Jagannath accompanied by his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra are brought out on to the Main Street of Puri known as Bada Danda. The Chariots are then taken to the Shri Gundicha Temple to their aunt’s house where the deities enjoy a nine days stay and are served with sweet pancakes.

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