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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

St Mary's Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim,Germany.


This Church was built between 1010 and 1020 on a symmetrical plan with two apses that was characteristic of Ottonian Romanesque art in Old Saxony. Its interior, in particular the wooden ceiling and painted stucco-work, its famous bronze doors and the Bernward bronze column, are – together with the treasures of St Mary's Cathedral – of exceptional interest as examples of the Romanesque churches of the Holy Roman Empire.           Ref: 187bis
This nice card was sent by Dustin in Germany.

Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg,Austria.


Salzburg has managed to preserve an extraordinarily rich urban fabric, developed over the period from the Middle Ages to the 19th century when it was a city-state ruled by a prince-archbishop. Its Flamboyant Gothic art attracted many craftsmen and artists before the city became even better known through the work of the Italian architects Vincenzo Scamozzi and Santini Solari, to whom the centre of Salzburg owes much of its Baroque appearance.                   Ref:784
Thank you Dustin for this nice card.

Pilgrimage Church of Wies,Germany.


The sanctuary of Wies, near Steingaden in Bavaria, is a pilgrimage church extraordinarily well-preserved in the beautiful setting of an Alpine valley, and is a perfect masterpiece of Rococo art and creative genius, as well as an exceptional testimony to a civilization that has disappeared.                     Ref: 271bis
Dustin sent this nice card.

Post card from Thailand.


                                                  Historic City of Ayutthaya,Thailand.
Founded in 1350, it was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom.  It flourished from the 14th to the 18th centuries, during which time it grew to be one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and a centre of global diplomacy and commerce.
Thank you Jirasorn for the beautiful UNESCO (WHS)card and stamps commemorating World Postal Day.


Post card from China.


                                 
                                         Painter's Old Beijing Flirtatious Expression Map.

Struve Geodetic Arc,Belarus.


The Struve Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through 10 countries and over 2,820 km.
(Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania,  Norway,  Republic of Moldova,  Russian Federation,  Sweden, Ukraine)
It is an extraordinary example of scientific collaboration among scientists from different countries, and of collaboration between monarchs for a scientific cause.
These are points of a survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, which represented the first accurate measuring of a long segment of a meridian. This helped to establish the exact size and shape of the Earth and marked an important step in the development of Earth sciences and Topographic mapping. The Arc's first point is located in Tartu Observatory in Estonia, where Struve conducted much of his research.                      Ref: 1187
Thank you Maksim for this educative card with beautiful Postcrossing stamp of Belarus.

Yellowstone National Park,USA.



Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It's also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.This beautiful,mesmeric postcard on Midway Geyser Basin seen from above was posted in Yellowstone National Park Post office by my brother Prof K V Bhat
Date of Inscription: 1978
Ref: 28
2016 Stamp- Moon




The vast natural forest of Yellowstone National Park covers nearly 9,000 square kilometres  of natural forest.  Yellowstone contains half of all the world's known geothermal features, with more than 10,000 examples. It also has the world's largest concentration of geysers (more than 300 geysers, or two thirds of all those on the planet).Nearly 150 species of fossil plants have been discovered within the park. Established in 1872, Yellowstone is equally known for its wildlife, such as grizzly bears, wolves, bison and wapitis.                  Ref: 28
Thank you Kelly for this superb card.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Post card from China.


               The 3D card is on Renoir Oil on Canvas-Young Girls at the Piano..
                Thank you Chen for this lovely card selected for me.

Post card from Germany.


Hansestadt Lubeck is a UNESCO World Heritage site.Thank you Sus for thenice card

Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn,Austria.



From the 18th century to 1918, Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors. It was designed by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi and is full of outstanding examples of decorative art. Together with its gardens, the site of the world’s first zoo in 1752, it is a remarkable Baroque ensemble and a perfect example of Gesamtkunstwerk( work of art that makes use of all or many art forms)            Ref: 786
Thank you Christina for this wonderful card with beautiful stamps.Also you have helped me complete my Austria UNESCO site card collection.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans,Ukraine.



The Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans represents a masterful synergy of architectural styles built by Czech architect Josef Hlavka from 1864 to 1882. It is an outstanding example of 19th-century historicity architecture and also includes a seminary and monastery and is dominated by the domed, cruciform Seminary Church with a garden and park. The complex expresses architectural and cultural influences from the Byzantine period onward and embodies the powerful presence of the Orthodox Church during Habsburg rule, reflecting the Austro-Hungarian Empire policy of religious tolerance.               Ref: 1330
Received this beautiful card with matching stamp from Olesa in Ukraine.


Mir Castle Complex,Belarus.



The construction of this castle began at the end of the 15th century, in Gothic style. It was subsequently extended and reconstructed, first in the Renaissance and then in the Baroque style. After being abandoned for nearly a century and suffering severe damage during the Napoleonic period, the castle was restored at the end of the 19th century, with the addition of a number of other elements and the landscaping of the surrounding area as a park. Its present form is graphic testimony to its often turbulent history.               Ref: 625
This dazzling card was sent by Maskim in Belarus.




Historic Centre of Kraków, Poland.




The Historic Centre of Kraków, the former capital of Poland, is situated at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle. The 13th-century merchants' town has Europe's largest market square and numerous historical houses, palaces and churches with their magnificent interiors. Ref: 29bis.
Boguslaw in Poland sent this beautiful card.

Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes,Switzerland.




Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes, brings together two historic railway lines that cross the Swiss Alps through two passes. Opened in 1904, the Albula line in the north western part of the property is 67 km long. It features an impressive set of structures including 42 tunnels and covered galleries and 144 viaducts and bridges. The 61 km Bernina pass line features 13 tunnels and galleries and 52 viaducts and bridges. The property is exemplary of the use of the railway to overcome the isolation of settlements in the Central Alps early in the 20th century, with a major and lasting socio-economic impact on life in the mountains. It constitutes an outstanding technical, architectural and environmental ensemble and embodies architectural and civil engineering achievements, in harmony with the landscapes through which they pass.           Ref: 1276
This card with magnificent view was sent by Isabella in Italy.

Gros Morne National Park,Canada.

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Situated on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland, the park provides a rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth's mantle lie exposed. More recent glacial action has resulted in some spectacular scenery, with coastal lowland, alpine plateau, fjords, glacial valleys, sheer cliffs, waterfalls and many pristine lakes.       Ref: 419.           This beautiful Pre-paid card was sent by Jason in Canada.

Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia


Situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Built mainly between the 7th and 19th centuries, it has the oldest Slav monastery (St Pantelejmon) and more than 800 Byzantine-style icons dating from the 11th to the end of the 14th century. After those of the Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow, this is considered to be the most important collection of icons in the world.      Ref: 99ter
Received this card from Anita in Macedonia.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Hierapolis-Pamukkale,Turkey.



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Post card from Australia.


Post card from Qatar.


Post card from Mauritius.


Post card from Madagascar.


Post card from Oman.


Post card from Reunion Island.


                   Réunion is an island and region of France in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar 

Postcrossing Meet-up in Orleans,France


                       Thank you Laurent in Australia for all the 7 classy Meet-up cards sent.

Post card from Brazil.



Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Post card from Portugal.


Cental Market in Minas Gerais, Brazil.This card was sent by Marta in Portugal.A big thank you.

Post card from Germany.


                                                  Thank you Edith for the Keep Calm Card.

Vilnius Historic Centre,Lithuania.




The Vilnius Historic Centre began its history on the glacial hills that had been intermittently occupied from the Neolithic period; a wooden castle was built around 1000 AD to fortify Gedimino Hill, at the confluence of the Neris and Vilnia rivers. The settlement did not develop as a town until the 13th century, during the struggles of the Baltic peoples against their German invaders. By 1323, when the first written reference to Vilnia occured, it was the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. At this time, some brick structures had apparently been erected on a small island formed when the Vilnia changed its course. By the 15th century, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, with its capital Vilnius, had become the largest country in Europe.
Anastasia of Ireland sent this card from Lithuania while on vacation.Many thanks for your understanding.         Ref: 541bis