Saturday, October 1, 2016

San Giulio Island | Italy


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Isola di San Giulio is an island within Lake Orta in Piedmont, northwestern Italy. The island is 275 metres long and 140 metres wide. The little Island is dominated by its Romanesque basilica, the bishop’s palace and the Benedictine abbey.

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Think green! Europa Stamp 2016.

The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba | Spain


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Córdoba is a city in Andalusia in southern Spain. The Emir of Córdoba, 'Abd al-Rahman I, built the grand mosque of Córdoba in 784. Spain was conquered by muslims in these days. Córdoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 during the Reconquista, and the mosque was converted to a Roman Catholic church.

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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Historic City of Ayutthaya | Thailand


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Ayutthaya was a Siamese kingdom, founded in 1350. The second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was the capital of the country until its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour.

The Wat Mahathat or Temple of the Great Relic, is a Buddhist temple in Ayutthaya.

Thx SL!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Saltaire | United Kingdom



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Saltaire, West Yorkshire, is a complete and well-preserved industrial village of the second half of the 19th century. 

Its textile mills, public buildings and workers' housing are built in a harmonious style of high architectural standards and the urban plan survives intact, giving a vivid impression of Victorian philanthropic paternalism.

(source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1028)


Thank you very much Steve!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The city of Dinant | Belgium



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The Citadel of Dinant is a fortress located on top of the mountain you see in the background. The citadel overlooks the city of Dinant and the Meuse river which runs through the town.

The Collegiate Church of Our Lady is a 13th-century Gothic cathedral.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Historic Areas of Istanbul | Turkey


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Historic Areas of Istanbul is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

With its strategic location on the Bosphorus peninsula Istanbul has been associated with major political, religious and artistic events for more than 2,000 years.

The masterpieces of the city include the 6th-century Hagia Sophia and the 17th-century Sultan Ahmed Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque).
(thank you Dustin for correct information)

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. 

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