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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Postcard from Germany.


This scenic(like in Night Without End-a movie based on Alistair Maclean's novel of same name) Postcard of and by Erhard with beautiful special cancellation of Wild Boars(tierkinder wildschwein) will be a special addition to my collection of different varieties of Postcards..Dankeschön Erhard.

Postcard from Hong Kong.


                   Street view of Hong Kong Card sent by Dennis and it is nice and thank you.

Postcard from USA.


Poster Postcard-another addition to my collection of different variety of Postcards.Thank you Polly for this card.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Postcard from Germany.



Gharadia:Le M'ZAB Algeria.


 Located 600 km south of Algiers, in the heart of the Sahara Desert, the five Ksour (fortified villages) of the M'Zab Valley form an extraordinarily homogeneous ensemble in the desert, the mark of a sedentary and urban civilisation possessing an original culture that has, through its own merit, preserved its cohesion throughout the centuries. Comprised of Ksour and palm groves of El-Atteuf, Bounoura, Melika, Ghardaïa and Beni-Isguen (founded between 1012 and 1350), the M'Zab Valley has conserved practically the same way of life and the same building techniques since the 11th century, ordered as much by a specific social and cultural context, as by the need for adaptation to a hostile environment, the choice of which responded to a historic need for withdrawal and a defensive imperative.
Thank you Habib for this beautiful card.
Date of Inscription: 1982
Ref: 188

                                                    

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Postcard from DPR KOREA(NORTH KOREA)


Mangyongda Native House,Pyongyang,DPR  Korea(NORTH KOREA).
This is the birthplace of Kim Il-Sung, ruler of North Korea until 1994. Although Kim was probably born near Pyongyang, it is unknown whether this is the actual location. The site, dedicated in 1947, comprises several grass roof houses built in a style commonly found in northern Korea. The I-shaped buildings consist of several rooms linked by a shallow wooden veranda. Unlike the traditional homes of southern Korea, there are no open-floored (maru) spaces because the climate is too severe. Grateful to Tian  in China for arranging to send this rare country card.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Post card from Germany.


A poignant card from yesteryear sent from Germany by Erhard.The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in 1992.Both stamps on German Legislative bodies has perfect, matching and beautiful cancellation.

Sacred City of Anuradhapura,Sri Lanka.


This sacred city was established around with a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment-  Buddha's fig tree- brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.Thank you Nimasha for the nice card and by the way first one from Sri Lanka.
Date of Inscription: 1982
Ref: 200

Le Morne Cultural Landscape,Mauritius.


Le Morne Cultural Landscape, a rugged mountain that juts into the Indian Ocean in the southwest of Mauritius was used as a shelter by runaway slaves, maroons, through the 18th and early years of the 19th centuries. Protected by the mountain’s isolated, wooded and almost inaccessible cliffs, the escaped slaves formed small settlements in the caves and on the summit of Le Morne. The oral traditions associated with the maroons, have made Le Morne a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom.My first ever card from fellow Indian from there.Thank you Prashant.
Date of Inscription: 2008
Ref: 1259bis

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum,Malta.


The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum (underground cemetery) was discovered in 1902 on a hill overlooking the innermost part of the Grand Harbour of Valletta, in the town of Paola. It is a unique prehistoric monument, which seems to have been conceived as an underground cemetery, originally containing the remains of about 7,000 individuals. The cemetery was in use throughout the Zebbug, Ggantija and Tarxien Phases of Maltese Prehistory, spanning from around 4000 B.C. to 2500 B.C.Received with thanks from Silvan in Malta..
Date of Inscription: 1980
Ref: 130

Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range,Japan.


Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, three sacred sites – Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, Koyasan – linked by pilgrimage routes to the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto, reflect the fusion of Shinto, rooted in the ancient tradition of nature worship in Japan, and Buddhism, which was introduced from China and the Korean Peninsula. The sites (495.3 ha) and their surrounding forest landscape reflect a persistent and extraordinarily well-documented tradition of sacred mountains over 1,200 years. The area, with its abundance of streams, rivers and waterfalls, is still part of the living culture of Japan and is much visited for ritual purposes and hiking, with up to 15 million visitors annually.Received this beautiful card from Phoebe.
Date of Inscription: 2004
Ref: 1142bis

Old City of Acre,Israel.


Acre is a historic walled port-city with continuous settlement from the Phoenician period. The present city is characteristic of a fortified town dating from the Ottoman 18th and 19th centuries, with typical urban components such as the citadel, mosques, khans and baths. The remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact, both above and below today's street level, providing an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem.My first card from Israel sent by Gillian.
Date of Inscription: 2001
Ref: 1042

Old Town of Corfu,Greece.


The ensemble of the fortifications and the Old Town of Corfu is located in a strategic location at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea. Historically, its roots go back to the 8th century BC and to the Byzantine period. It has thus been subject to various influences and a mix of different peoples. As a fortified Mediterranean port, Corfu’s urban and port ensemble is notable for its high level of integrity and authenticity.Heidi in Finland sent this card.
Date of Inscription: 2007
Ref: 978

The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes,France.


The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments (the chateaux), and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself.This beautiful card was sent by Claire in France.
Date of Inscription: 2000
Ref: 933

Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun,China.

Xidi and Hongcun are two outstanding traditional villages, located in Yi County, Huangshan City in south Anhui Province, with commercial activities as their primary source of income, family and clan-based social organisation, and well known for their regional culture. The overall layout, landscape, architectural form, decoration, and construction techniques all retain the original features of Anhui villages between the 14th and 20th centuries.This card was sent by Phoebe in Hong Kong,China.
N29 54 16 E117 59 15
Ref: 1002

West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou,China.



The West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides, has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. It comprises numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands.Phoebe in China sent this card.
Date of Inscription: 2011
Ref: 1334

Friday, 17 March 2017

Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu,China.


Confucius, a renowned philosopher, politician and educator in ancient China whose system of belief involving philosophy, politics and ethics (subsequently known as Confucianism) has exerted profound influence on Chinese culture, was revered as the Sacred Model Teacher for Ten Thousand Generations by Chinese emperors. Located in his birthplace, Qufu City of Shandong Province, China, the Temple of Confucius was built to commemorate and offer sacrifices to Confucius in 478 BC.Phoebe sent this nice card
Date of Inscription: 1994
Ref: 704

Fujian Tulou,China.


These are the most representative and best preserved examples of the buildings in  the mountainous regions of south-eastern China. The large, technically sophisticated and dramatic earthen defensive buildings, built between the 13th and 20th centuries, in their highly sensitive setting in fertile mountain valleys, are an extraordinary reflection of a communal response to settlement which has persisted over time. Another one from Phoebe received with thanks.
Date of Inscription: 2008
Ref: 1113

Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing,China.


It integrates numerous traditional halls and pavilions into the Imperial Garden conceived by the Qing emperor Qianlong between 1750 and 1764 as the Garden of Clear Ripples. Using Kunming Lake, the former reservoir of the Yuan dynasty’s capital and Longevity Hill as the basic framework, the Summer Palace combined political and administrative, residential, spiritual, and recreational functions within a landscape of lakes and mountains, in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature.Phoebe sent this nice card.
Date of Inscription: 1998
Ref: 880

Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad,Algeria.


This site is located 36 km to the north-east of the town of M'Sila. This ensemble of preserved ruins, at 1,000 m altitude, is located in a mountainous setting of striking beauty on the southern flank of Djebel Maâdid. The Qal'a of Beni Hammad was founded at the beginning of the 11th century by Hammad, son of Bologhine (founder of Algiers), and abandoned in 1090 under the threat of a Hilalian invasion. It is one of the most interesting and most precisely dated monumental complexes of the Islamic civilisation. It was the first capital of the Hammadid emirs and enjoyed great splendour. This large sized card affixed with beautiful stamp was sent by Habib.
Date of Inscription: 1980
Ref: 102

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Postcard from Finland.


Saltvik is a municipality of Åland, an autonomous territory of Finland. The beautiful
Maxim Card:Folkdresses fromSaltvik,affixing stamp issued by Aland on National costume which.was sent by Heidi in Finland..Thank you very much.