Monday, August 29, 2016

Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi | Kazakhstan


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The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, situated in southern Kazakhstan, was built at the time of Timur, from 1389 to 1405. It is one of the largest and best-preserved constructions of the Timurid period.

Timur (or Tamerlane) was a Turco-Mongol conqueror and the founder of the Timurid Empire in Persia and Central Asia. Here you see apostcard of his statue.  

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tamgaly Petroglyphs | Kazakhstan


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Towards the western end of the Tienshan Mountains in the southeast of Kazakhstan, the Chu-Ili mountain spur forms a canyon around the Tamgaly Gorge. The Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly features a remarkable concentration of some 5,000 (!) petroglyphs, associated settlements and burial grounds. All dating back as far as the Bronze Age.


Stamps
A stamp to celebrate 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Mikhail Lermontov, the ‘poet of the Caucasus’. He was a Russian Romantic writer, poet and painter.

On the right a stamp to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO).  CSTO is an intergovernmental military alliance between six post-Soviet states: Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Water Cay Island | Turks & Caicos Islands


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“TCI’s amazingly beautiful Water Cay is for sale as a private island? Interested? Contact Sotheby’s, who are handling the sale. The island will be yours for a pricey $36 million.

Water Cay is located to the northeast of our beautiful island of Providenciales, just beyond Little Water Cay, which itself is home to a beloved iguana sanctuary.” 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Port Vila, capital of Vanuatu


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Port Vila is the capital and largest city of Vanuatu and is located on the island of Efate. Locally the town is most commonly referred to simply as "Vila".

Vanuatu is an island archipelago consisting of approximately 82 relatively small islands of volcanic origin of which 65 are inhabited. Efate is the main island of Vanuatu. The two other small islands on this postcard are Ifira and Iririki.

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The stamp is part of a set of four stamps about Vanuatu’s fine cuisine. 'Vanuatu’s restaurants have risen in stature to rightfully claim the reputation as the culinary capital of the Pacific'.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Corvo Island | Azores


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The Archipelago of the Azores is composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean: Santa Maria, São Jorge, Terceira, Graciosa, São Miguel, Pico, Faial, Flores and Corvo.  

Corvo Island is the smallest and the northernmost island of the Azores. The size of the island is about 6 by 4 kilometers with 400 inhabitants. In the distance you see the island of Flores.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Spinalonga, the leper island | Greece


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In 1903, a leper colony was established on Spinalonga island, to isolate people suffering from this disease from the healthy population. The cure for leprosy had not yet been discovered, and the contagious disease was regarded with horror. The island was one of the last active leper colonies in Europe. The last inhabitant left the island in 1962. 

Today, the uninhabited island is a popular tourist attraction in Crete.

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The stamp is part of a set called 'Diving Tourism' featuring colorful scenes of shipwrecks and underwater finds (issue 2015). 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni | Malta



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One of Malta’s hidden treasures is a three storied underground monolithic structure called the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni. Believed to be the oldest underground temple in the world. Entirely cut into stone and discovered by accident in 1902.
 
The Hypogeum is a popular tourist attraction. However, only 80 people are allowed to enter per day.

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Part of a set of three stamps about Maltese flora. The Common Pyramidal Orchid is the commonest orchid in the Maltese Islands. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Fort of Bahrain


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The Qal'at al-Bahrain also known as the Fort of Bahrain is an archaeological site dating back almost 5000 years. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2005.

I never realized Bahrain is an island. It is an archipelago with Bahrain Island being the largest land mass, 55 km long and 18 km wide. 

Třebíč | Czech Republic


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Třebíč is a town in the Czech Republic. The Jewish Quarter and St. Procopius Basilica is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The ensemble of the Jewish Quarter, the old Jewish cemetery and the Basilica of St Procopius in Třebíč are reminders of the co-existence of Jewish and Christian cultures from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Speicherstadt Hamburg | Germany


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Speicherstadt in Hamburg, Germany is the largest warehouse district in the world. The complex was built in 1883. The warehouses are built on oak piles and the district is crossed by what are known as fleets - canals that are flooded depending on the tides and can then also be travelled by ship. One of the fleets on this postcard is Hollandfleet.

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Atlantic herring, part of a set of three fish-stamps, issued August 2016. Loveley postmark also: first day of issue stamp!

Nilgiri mountain railway | India



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The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a railway in Tamil Nadu, India, built by the British in 1908. Together with Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Mountain Railways of India.

The track is 46 kilometers long and passes over 250 bridges and through 16 tunnels.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary | Philippines


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Mount Hamiguitan is a mountain located in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. The mountain range has one of the most diverse wildlife populations in the country. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Vredefort Dome | South Africa



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Vredefort Dome is located about 120 km of Johannesburg in South Africa. 

The Vredefort crater is one of the largest meteorite impact structures on Earth, more than 300 km across when it was formed. The crater dates back millions of years. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Nur-Astana Mosque | Kazakhstan



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The Nur-Astana Mosque is a mosque located in the Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. It is third largest mosque in Central Asia. It has a capacity of 5,000 worshippers. 

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