Sunday, April 23, 2017

Our Lady of Ljeviš | Serbia

Unesco WHS Serbia

Our Lady of Ljeviš is a 14th-century Serbian Orthodox church in the town of Prizren, located in southern Kosovo. It was converted to a mosque during the Ottoman Empire and then back into a church in the early 20th century.

The church is part of the UNESCO world Heritage site inscribed under the name 'Medieval Monuments in Kosovo'. Together with four Serbian Orthodox monasteries: Dečani, Patriarchate of Peć and Gračanica.

In the middel a matching stamp!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hospicio Cabañas | Mexico

Unesco Whs Mexico

The Hospicio Cabañas was built at the beginning of the 19th century to provide care and shelter for the disadvantaged – orphans, old people, the handicapped and chronic invalids.

This remarkable complex, named after Bishop Cabañas, which incorporates several unusual features designed specifically to meet the needs of its occupants, was unique for its time.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Palace of Venaria | Italy

Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
The House of Savoy is one of the oldest royal families in the world, founded in the year 1003. The name derives from the historical region of Savoy in the Alpine region between what is now France and Italy.

The Palace of Venaria is one of the former Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, included in the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO in 1997.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Völklinger Hütte | Germany

Völklinger Hutte
Völklinger Hütte“, founded in 1873, is now the worldwide only remaining ironworks from the iron and steel industry’s heyday. It was closed down in 1986 and today it is a theme park where visitors can explore the former work place of the ironworkers.

Völklingen Ironworks is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bamberg | Germany

Bamberg is located in southern Germany in the north of Bavaria. It is a good example of a central European town with a basically early medieval plan and many surviving ecclesiastical and secular buildings of the medieval period.

The Old Town Hall was built around 1467 on an artificial island in the middle of the River Regnitz. The Town of Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hluboká Castle | Czech Republic

Hluboká Castle is a historic château situated in the town of Hluboká nad Vltavou. The history of this fairytale castle started in the 13th century with a military fortification. Over the centuries the castle evolved into a Baroque style masterpiece.

Château de Chambord | France

Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for King Francis I of France (1494- 1547).

The "Chateau and Estate of Chambord", which was previously inscribed on the World Heritage List, is now part of the "Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes".

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bomarsund Fortress | Aland

Aland Islands

The fortress of Bomarsund was built during the years 1832-1854. Åland was Russian at the time and the fortress was intended for the Russian contingents on the islands.

The fortress was thoroughly ruined in 1854 when attacked by the allied English-Frenchmen. At that time only two towers of the planned twelve subsidiary towers of the fortress had been completed.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Nebraska State Capitol | USA

Lincoln USA

Lincoln is the capital of the state of Nebraska, USA. The Nebraska State Capitol is the seat of government and is located in downtown Lincoln.

Austin | USA

Austin Texas
Austin is the capital of the state of Texas, USA. The Texas State Capitol, completed in 1888 in downtown Austin, contains the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pandas at Ocean Park | Hong Kong

Giant Pandas
On Wednesday 12 April, the giant pandas Xing Ya and Wu Wen landed on Dutch soil. Soon they start a new life at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, Netherlands. There are an additional 120 pandas in zoos throughout the world. The postcard shows two pandas living in Ocean Park, Hong Kong.

The idea of pandas as gifts is known as 'panda diplomacy' and it has a long tradition in China. Panda diplomacy describes how the Chinese authorities let chosen governments keep pandas as a mark of respect between their countries. In the 1980s China moved away from 'gifting pandas' to countries, and instead started to loan them out.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cappadocia | Turkey

UNESCO whs Turkey

Cappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia, Turkey. Here you find a spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion.

Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Scott Base | New Zealand

Ross Dependency

The Ross Dependency is a region of Antarctica that is claimed by New Zealand. The Scott Base is an Antarctic research facility located on Ross Island.

The Fiordland Crested Penguin is a penguin species endemic to New Zealand. It currently breeds along the south-western coasts of New Zealand's South Island as well as on Stewart Island/Rakiura and its outlying islands. But not in the Ross Dependency.

The Ross Sea seafloor is home to thousands of animals, many of which cannot be found anywhere else. The stamp is part of a set of 5 stamps, only valid for sending mail from Ross Dependency.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Petäjävesi Old Church | Finland

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Petäjävesi Old Church, in central Finland, was built of logs between 1763 and 1765. This Lutheran country church is a typical example of an architectural tradition that is unique to eastern Scandinavia. It combines the Renaissance conception of a centrally planned church with older forms deriving from Gothic groin vaults.



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