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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin,Armenia.


These two Byzantine monasteries in the Tumanian region from the period of prosperity during the Kiurikian dynasty (10th to 13th century) were important centres of learning. Sanahin was renown for its school of illuminators and calligraphers. The two monastic complexes represent the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture, whose unique style developed from a blending of elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the Caucasian region.Heartfelt thanks to Sini for the superb site card affixed with elegant, unique shaped stamps.The card was mailed from Finland as she could not get it posted from Armenia.Once again thank you for acceding to my request.
Date of Inscription: 1996
Extension: 2000
Ref: 777bis
2007 Stamps- International polar Year (From the M/S set)

Postcard from Russia.


Thank you Tateana for the  lovely postcard on Russian animals affixing nice stamps.
2012 Stamp-Cartoons.
2014 Stamp- Russian Contemporary Art.
2013 Stamp- Fauna - Wild Goats

Postcard from China.


Liked very much this card showing painting by Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin,Russian landscape painter.
Thank you Syhie.
1999 Stamp-The 22nd Universal Postal Union Congress, Beijing,China.


Postcard from Indonesia.

 
Thank you Shinta for the nice Map card and beautiful stamps.
2012 Stamp-Traditional Indonesian Foods.
2016 Stamp-National Sports Week.  
2017 Stamp-The 200th Anniversary of the Death of Pattimura, 1783-1817


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne,France.




Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral. Carcassonne is also of exceptional importance because of the lengthy restoration campaign undertaken by Viollet-le-Duc, one of the founders of the modern science of conservation.My first card received from Aleksandra. Thank you for the beautiful card and stamp.
Date of Inscription: 1997
Ref: 345rev
2017 Stamp- The 100th Anniversary of USA Entering World War I


Monday, 14 August 2017

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang.China.


 
   
Seat of supreme power for over five centuries (1416-1911), the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its landscaped gardens and many buildings (whose nearly 10,000 rooms contain furniture and works of art), constitutes a priceless testimony to Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty in Shenyang consists of 114 buildings constructed between 1625–26 and 1783. It contains an important library and testifies to the foundation of the last dynasty that ruled China, before it expanded its power to the centre of the country and moved the capital to Beijing. This palace then became auxiliary to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. This remarkable architectural edifice offers important historical testimony to the history of the Qing Dynasty and to the cultural traditions of the Manchu and other tribes in the north of China.
Date of Inscription: 1987
Extension: 2004
Ref: 439bis

Rapa Nui National Park,Chile.


Rapa Nui, the indigenous name of Easter Island, bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon. A society of Polynesian origin that settled there c. A.D. 300 established a powerful, imaginative and original tradition of monumental sculpture and architecture, free from any external influence. From the 10th to the 16th century this society built shrines and erected enormous stone figures known as moai , which created an unrivalled cultural landscape that continues to fascinate people throughout the world.
Date of Inscription: 1995
Ref: 715

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Butrint,Albania.



It is located in the south of Albania approximately 20km from the modern city of Saranda and has a special atmosphere created by a combination of archaeology, monuments and nature in the Mediterranean.The major ruin from the paleo-Christian era is the baptistery, an ancient Roman monument adapted to the cultural needs of Christianity. Its floor has a beautiful mosaic decoration.
Cristina in Italy who sent this card writes that the baptistery with mosaics are covered with sand just to preserve them from rain and Sun.So she was able to see  them just on the postcard.
Thank you Cristina for the superb site card and the beautiful stamp.
Date of Inscription: 1992
Extension: 1999
Minor boundary modification inscribed year: 2007
Ref: 570ter
Republic of Albania--SHQIPERIA
Albanians today call their country "Shqipëri" or "Shqipëria". 
2015 Stamp -The 190th Anniversary of the First Locomotive (Set of 4 )

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Fray Bentos Industrial Landscape,Uruguay.


The Frigorífico Anglo del Uruguay was a meatpacking plant located at Fray Bentos, Uruguay, on the Uruguay River bank.
In 1924, the Vestey group purchased the old facilities of Liebig Extract of Meat Company and the production went under a new name. Products were sold in Europe under the brand name Fray Bentos.
During its peak period, El Anglo had 5,000 workers whose ranks included English, Belgians, Russians, Spanish and Italians. It finally closed in 1979 after Europe and the United States had cut back their purchases from Latin America.
Thank you Jorge for this nice card with beautiful cancellation on stamp.
Date of Inscription: 2015
Ref: 1464
2016 Stamp- Definitive Issue - José G. Artígas, (1764-1850)

Postcard from USA.



Thank you Nicole for the lovely old/vintage card on adorable pet Dog and Cat.
2016 Stamp- Moon

Postcard from Switzerland.



The donkey or ass is a domesticated member of the horse family.The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass, The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years. There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world, mostly in underdeveloped countries, where they are used principally as draught or pack animals.  Small numbers of donkeys are kept for breeding or as pets in developed countries.
Thank you Valentina for the beautiful card and nice stamps.
2014 Stamp-  Flora - Mushrooms
2016 Stamp- Definitives - Swiss Railway Stations
2016 Stamp- Definitives - Swiss Railway Stations

Postcard from UK.



PHQ (POSTAL HEAD QUARTER)  CARD
=These postcards are issued by the British Post Office depicting the designs of their commemorative stamps. They are generally available to buy in main post offices about two weeks prior to the release of each new set of stamps.=
Royal Mail Stamp card series PHQ 419 (3) 8.16
Landscape Gardens:The Genius of Lancelot 'Capability ' Brown (Compton Verney)
Thank you Daniel for the wonderful PHQ card.
2016 Stamp- Landscape Gardens (Set of 8 stamps)
2011 Stamps-  Queen Elizabeth II - Self Adhesive Stamps

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama,Japan.




 Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages with their Gassho-style houses subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. The large houses with their steeply pitched thatched roofs are the only examples of their kind in Japan. Despite economic upheavals, the villages of Ogimachi, Ainokura and Suganuma are outstanding examples of a traditional way of life perfectly adapted to the environment and people's social and economic circumstances.
Date of Inscription: 1995
Ref: 734
Received this captivating card from dear friend Phoebe affixing beautiful and odd shaped stamp.
2017 Stamp- Traditional Japanese Design
2015 Stamp  Definitive

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Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee,Israel.




The Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee are inscribed for their profound spiritual meaning and the testimony they bear to the strong tradition of pilgrimage in the Bahá’i faith. The property includes the two most holy places in the Bahá’í religion associated with the founders, the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in Acre and the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, together with their surrounding gardens, associated buildings and monuments. These two shrines are part of a larger complex of buildings, monuments and sites at seven distinct locations in Haifa and Western Galilee that are visited as part of the Bahá’i pilgrimage.
Date of Inscription: 2008
Ref: 1220rev
Thank you Dany for the superb card.
2013 Stamps- Flora - Flowers
2016 Stamp- Pioneering Women

Postcard from Trinidad & Tobago,West Indies.



On July 31, 1498, Christopher Columbus, already on his third expedition, alighted on the coasts of Trinidad whichwas populated by the Igneri, a part of Arawak Indian peoples, who are peace-loving cultivators of land .
The isle of Tobago, initially occupied by the Caribs who were gatherers and quite a fierce tribe. was sighted in 1498 likewise by Columbus.Trinidad and Tobago formally became an independent state and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, on Aug. 31, 1962.In September 1976, then Prime Minister Williams produced a new constitution giving birth to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.Rastrapathi Bhavan  Post Offis.New Delhi.India.
The culture of Trinidad and Tobago reflects to a large extent the influences of many of its early settlers, including Africans, Indians, Amerindians, Chinese, British and French, and to a lesser extent the Spaniards and Portuguese.
Received my first ever card from Trinidad & Tobago affixing many stamps.Thank you Taramathi Sarah for the nice card.
2001 Stamp-150th Anniversary of Libraries in Trinidad and Tobago.
2012 Stamps-Local Herbal Medicine


Postcard on Rashtrapati Bhavan ,New Delhi.India.


The Rashtrapati Bhavan or  Presidential Residence", formerly known as Viceroy's House, is the official home of the President of India, located at the Western end of Rajpath in New Delhi, India. It may refer to only the mansion (the 340-room main building) that has the president's official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices; it may also refer to the entire 130-hectare (320 acre) President Estate that additionally includes huge presidential gardens (Mughal Gardens), large open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, other offices and utilities within its perimeter walls. In terms of area, it is one of the largest residences of a head of state in the world.
Lord Irwin was the first Viceroy to move into the Viceroy's House, as it was then known, on December 23, 1929. This building, which was designed by the British Architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, is a mixture of Indian and Western schools of architecture.
Thank you Prashant for the Permanent Pictorial cancellation of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Rs 5/-Definitive Stamp-Bhagath Singh.



Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Postcard from Russia.


Large two-storey Karasan palace in the moorish-style is in the middle of the park on the shore of Partenit bay. Belonging to the Rajewski family in Crimea,the palace name comes from the Persian province of Khorasan ,meaning sun rise, and the architecture there impressed Rajewski during his trip to Persia.
Thank you Valentina for the interesting card and nice stamp.
2017 Stamp- Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States.


Postcard from Germany.


This card is about Pillnitz Castle ( Schloss Pillnitz) , a restored Baroque palace at the eastern end of the city of Dresden in Germany and also  4 other castles..
Thank you Marion for the nice card with beautiful Butterfly stamp,  sorry, sticker
along with a stamp cancelled nicely.
2006 Stamp- Definitive Issue - Flowers


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity,Slovakia.




Over the centuries, the town of Banská Štiavnica was visited by many outstanding engineers and scientists who contributed to its fame. The old medieval silver mining centre grew into a town with Renaissance palaces,16th-century churches, elegant squares and castles. The urban centre blends into the surrounding landscape, which contains vital relics of the mining and metallurgical activities of the past.
Thank you Laco for th beautiful card and stamps.
2016 Stamp- Peter Sagan- UCI World Road Cycling Champion 2015  Peter Sagan
2016 Stamp-Svatuse church.
Date of Inscription: 1993
Ref: 618rev



Friday, 21 July 2017

My INDIA-Post Independence Stamp Collection.

Page No --4--
15-08-1949
Definitive 1st Series, Archaeological and Historical objects and places. (Star Watermark)
8Anna -Kandarya Mahadeva Temple, Khajuraho, 
12Anna-Golden Temple - Amritsar, 
1 Re.-Victory Tower - Chittorgarh, UNESCO World Heritage Site
2 Re. -Red Fort - Delhi, , UNESCO World Heritage Site
5 Re. -Tajmahal - Agra,  UNESCO World Heritage Site
10 Re. -Qutb Minar (Qutub Minar) - Delhi,  UNESCO World Heritage Site(Different colour shade)
15 Re.-Satrunjaya Temple - Palitana, Jainism, Archaeology



My INDIA-Post Independence Stamp Collection.

Page No --3--
15-08-1949
Definitive 1st Series, Archaeological and Historical objects and places. (Star Watermark)
3 Pies Ajanta Caves Panel, Elephant ,UNESCO World Heritage Site
6 Pies Konark Horse, Sun Temple,UNESCO World Heritage Site
9 Pies Elephanta Caves, Trimurti, UNESCO World Heritage Site
1Anna Bodhisattva (Die-I), Lucknow Museum, Buddhism
2Anna Nataraja,Dancing Shiva
3Anna- Sanchi Stupa East Gate,UNESCO World Heritage Site
3½Anna-Bodh Gaya, Mahabodhi Temple, UNESCO World Heritage Site
4Anna-Bhubaneswara, Lingaraj Temple,
6Anna-Gol Gumbaj - Bijapur, 



Thursday, 20 July 2017

Postcard from Germany.


Thank you Carmen for the beautiful Edition Colibri
card.and nice stickers.
2006 Stamp-Definitive Issue - Flowers


Postcard from USA.


The Western Meadowlark on the card is state bird of Oregon.Libby says they are much prettier than in the card but Oregon grapes are not.Thank you for the nice card and
 2017 Stamp- WPA Posters
2017 Stamp-Love Skywriting
2015 Stamp- Penguins
2017 Stamp- Fruit Definitives - Grapes

Postcard from Russia.


Thank you Alexandra for the time and effort you have taken to  draw such a cute drawing on the envelope enclosing such a wonderful B/W card on St Peters-burg Moscow,beautiful stamps and coins.Last but not the least the superb Bookmark which showcase a Russian Hero-
Alexander Nevsky: Russia's Hero -By Soviet artist Pavel Korin (1892-1967)

It was the spring of ’42. The Germans were advancing into Russia from the West, apparently unstoppable, threatening the very existence of the free Russian state. But under the courageous leadership of one man, the Russians earned a decisive victory and eliminated the German threat.

No, we’re not talking about Stalingrad. Turns out, the twentieth century wasn’t the only one where Russia faced a German invasion. The decisive victory in question actually occurred in the thirteenth century, on April 5, 1242, and the courageous leader was none other than Alexander Nevsky.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures,Uzbekistan.



The historic town of Samarkand is a crossroad and melting pot of the world's cultures. Founded in the 7th century B.C. as ancient Afrasiab, Samarkand had its most significant development in the Timurid period from the 14th to the 15th centuries. The major monuments include the Registan Mosque and madrasas, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda compound and the Gur-Emir ensemble, as well as Ulugh-Beg's Observatory.
Thank you Shukhrat for this beautiful card on : Guri Amir Mausoleum and nice stamps.
2017 Stamp- Definitives - Birds
2015 Stamp- Pottery
Date of Inscription: 2001
Ref: 603rev