Sunday, December 4, 2016

Konso Cultural Landscape | Ethiopia


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Konso Cultural Landscape is a 55km2 arid property of stone walled terraces and fortified settlements in the Konso highlands of Ethiopia. This is a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition adapted to its dry hostile environment, stretching back more than 400 years.

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The bushbuck is the most widespread antelope in Sub-Saharan Africa. Of the two Ethiopian species, Meneliki and Powelli, the latter is the more common and somewhat smaller.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Rose Island | Germany


Roseninsel
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Rose Island (Roseninsel in German) lies in Lake Starnberg, Germany's fifth largest freshwater lake. The island with its small villa, the "Casino", and a rose garden, was one of the favourite places of Ludwig II of Bavaria.

In June 2011, over 100 selected archaeological sites in several countries were declared UNESCO World Heritage site, inscribed under the name of "Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps". The pile dwelling sites in Lake Starnberg, together with other remains of settlements, represent an archaeological heritage which dates back to 5000 BC.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc | Czech


Olomouc Baroque

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According to whc.unesco.org, this memorial column, erected in the early years of the 18th century, is the most outstanding example of a type of monument specific to central Europe.

In the characteristic regional style known as Olomouc Baroque and rising to a height of 35 meters, it is decorated with many fine religious sculptures, the work of the distinguished Moravian artist Ondrej Zahner.

Filfla Islet | Malta


Maltese Archipelago
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Filfla is a small, mostly barren, uninhabited islet 5 kilometres south of Malta. A small island with a rocky history! 

In 1856 the island was hit by a strong earthquake and half of the islet perished under the sea. Until 1971 Filfla was used by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force for target practice. Bombing between 1945 and 1972 reduced its size and caused a big damage to wildlife and changed the physical makeup of the island. 

Today the access to the island is strictly prohibited to not to disturb birds and their nests and to protect the natural wildlife on the islet. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Callanish Standing Stones | Scotland


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The Callanish Stones are an arrangement of standing stones, erected in the late Neolithic era. The stones were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age. They are located near the village of Callanish on the west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

The Outer Hebrides, also known as the Western Isles, is an island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland. Lewis is the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island of the Outer Hebrides.
Great choice Steve!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mikynes Lighthouse | Faroe Islands


Faroe Islands
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The  Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, located roughly in the middle between Norway, Scotland, and Iceland. The islands have a total population of about 49,000.

Mykines is the westernmost of the 18 main islands. While cruise ships occasionally stop on Mykines, bringing as many as 500 people on the island at any given time, only 10 people live here year-round. There is a tiny schoolhouse, and it is attended by exactly one child.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Khao Yai National Park | Thailand


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Khao Yai National Park is the third largest national park in Thailand, covering 300 square kilometers; home to more than 800 species of fauna. The park is internationally important for its biodiversity and the conservation of globally threatened and endangered mammal, bird and reptile species.

The park is part of UNESCO World Heritage site “Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex”.

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The long-nosed horned frog. Part of a set of four stamps, issued 2014.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Rohtas Fort | Pakistan


Unesco whs Pakistan
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Rohtas Fort is a garrison fort built in 1541 by the Afghan king Sher Shah Suri, a strategic site in the north of what is now Pakistan. The main fortifications consist of the massive walls, which extend for more than 4 km. The fort has 12 gates and 68 bastions.
 
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Definitive stamp. Muhammad Ali Jinnah (25 December 1876 – 11 September 1948) was a lawyer, politician, and the founder of Pakistan. Jinnah served as leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan's creation on 14 August 1947.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Old port of La Rochelle | France


Hanseatic city La Rochelle
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The old port area of the French city of La Rochelle is dominated by three 14th and 15th century towers that stand tall at the entrance.
 
On the left you see St-Nicolas Tower, once a formidable military building. Forty-two metres high, the inside is a labyrinth of stairs and corridors. On the right, Tour de la Chaine, the oldest one, built between 1382-1390. Not shown is Tower of the Lantern. 

The city was a member of the famous Hanseatic League, an economic alliance of trading cities and their merchant guilds that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe. 

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Europa stamp 2016, Think Green!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Guatemala fruits and vegetables market


Guatemala fruit export
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Some 97% of fruit and vegetable exports were shipped to the United States, El Salvador, the UK, the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, Japan and South Korea, according to the Central Bank of Guatemala.


The main markets for fruits were: Italy, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, where 74.3% of the products were sold.

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As you can see I already received this card more than two years ago. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pilgrimage Church of Wies | Germany


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The Wieskirche (Pilgrimage Church of Wies) is a beautiful rococo church in Upper Bavaria, Germany, built between 1745 and 1754.

In 1738 the miracle of a crying sculpture resulted in a pilgrimage. Soon a small chapel was built to house the statue. But it was soon too small for the number of pilgrims it attracted. So the building of this church was commissioned in 1745.   

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti | Italy


Unesco WHS Italy

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San Giovanni degli Eremiti (St. John of the Hermits) is a church in Palermo, Italy. The church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site “Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale”.

Located on the northern coast of Sicily, Arab-Norman Palermo includes a series of nine civil and religious structures dating from the era of the Norman kingdom of Sicily (1130-1194). 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Gelati Monastery | Georgia


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Gelati is a monastic complex in western Georgia, built between the 12th and 17th centuries. 
Together with Bagrati Cathedral, Gelati Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Both cathedral and monastery represent the flowering of medieval architecture in Georgia.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Pottery from Burundi



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Burundi is famous for its pottery. The Natives of Burundi, the Batwa are the ones which are expert in pottery. The pottery are called inkono.

The potters make pots for cooking and recipients to grow plants. The pots are also used to preserve food. In Burundi, there is always food in the house for a visitor.

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