Monday, August 29, 2016

Monte San Giorgio - Italy

The previous card wasn't the only new UNESCO site Marina sent me, she also sent this card from the italian side of Monte San Giorgio. I already had a card from the swiss side, now I've cards from both countries.

In 2003, UNESCO recognized the uniqueness and exceptional geo-paleontological of Monte San Giorgio, by entering the Swiss side of the mountain in the World Heritage List. In nominating reasons, Monte San Giorgio is identified as the best testimony of the geo-paleontological history in the marine environment dating back 247 to 235 million years ago that, through the thousands of fossils found in the last two centuries, has allowed to study in detail the evolution of many groups of marine organisms. 

© Jacques Perler
Since August 2, 2010, also the Italian side of the Monte San Giorgio entered the UNESCO list of World Natural Heritage, as also requested by UNESCO itself, thus completing the recognition of the only area of ​​transnational paleontological importance.
The fossiliferous sequence of Monte San Giorgio is acknowledged as the best in the world especially for the study of the Middle Triassic marine vertebrates. It tells us that the environment at that time was that of a complex deep tropical lagoon between large carbonate platforms covered by a few meters of water, and the open sea.
Small, low islands dotting the carbonate platform and extensive land mass was a little further away to the west. This complex environment has allowed us to have the remains of mainly marine organisms and the rarest terrestrial organisms including some plants and insects.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Virginia Island - Italy

The Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps is probably one of the hardest european UNESCO sites to get cards from. I'm really glad that I got this one from Italy. It was sent by Marina. 

Fotos: Armando Botelli * Museo Civico Archeologico di Villa Mirabello, Varese
On the western shore of Lake Varese, close to the shore of the town of Biandronno, there is the little island Virginia. It extends for 9200 meters and has a triangular shape. Owned by the municipality of Varese since 1962, thanks to the donation of the Marquis Gianfelice Ponti, the island is an archaeological and environmental site bound among the most important in Europe. 
It is one of the most important prehistoric lake dwellings whose wooden structures have been preserved over time because submerged by the waters of the lake and vegetation. Since 2011, in fact, the island is part of the list "Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps" UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the campaign of 2006, the remains were placed in their places of origin but have been realized a mold, which reproduces the collapse of part of closeup of a Neolithic structure, and some sections so that you can show to the public. - in:

Pont du Gard - France

Another UNESCO site from France. Pont du Gard was added to the UNESCO WHS list in 1985 because of its historical importance. 
I got my 1st card from there in 2008 thanks to Bruno and last April received another card as an official.

The Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River in southern France. Located near the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard, the bridge is part of the Nîmes aqueduct, a 50-kilometre (31 mi) system built in the first century AD to carry water from a spring at Uzès to the Roman colony of Nemausus (Nîmes). Because of the uneven terrain between the two points, the mostly underground aqueduct followed a long, winding route that called for a bridge across the gorge of the Gardon River. The Pont du Gard is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts, and, along with the Aqueduct of Segovia, one of the best preserved.

FR-685162, sent by David.
The bridge has three tiers of arches, standing 48.8 m (160 ft) high. The whole aqueduct descends in height by only 17 m (56 ft) over its entire length, while the bridge descends by a mere 2.5 centimetres (1 in) – a gradient of only 1 in 3,000 – which is indicative of the great precision that Roman engineers were able to achieve, using only simple technology. The aqueduct formerly carried an estimated 200,000 m3 (44,000,000 imp gal) of water a day to the fountains, baths and homes of the citizens of Nîmes. It continued to be used possibly until the 6th century, with some parts used for significantly longer, but lack of maintenance after the 4th century meant that it became increasingly clogged by mineral deposits and debris that eventually choked off the flow of water.

After the collapse of the Roman Empire and the aqueduct's fall into disuse, the Pont du Gard remained largely intact, due to the importance of its secondary function, as a toll bridge. For centuries the local lords and bishops were responsible for its upkeep, in exchange for the right to levy tolls on travellers using it to cross the river, although some of its stones were looted and serious damage was inflicted on it in the 17th century. It attracted increasing attention starting in the 18th century, and became an important tourist destination. It underwent a series of renovations between the 18th and 21st centuries, commissioned by the local authorities and the French state, that culminated in 2000 with the opening of a new visitor centre and the removal of traffic and buildings from the bridge and the area immediately around it. Today it is one of France's most popular tourist attractions, and has attracted the attention of a succession of literary and artistic visitors. - in: wikipedia

Beaune - France

This card was a wonderful surprise from Óscar. He told me Beaune was part of a UNESCO site and that I should google to find out which site was that. Of course I did that and the site is Climats, terroirs of Burgundy, on the WHS list since last year. This site includes vineyards, associated production units including the town of Beaune and nearby villages and also the historic centre of Dijon. 

Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy in the Côte d'Or department in eastern France. It is located between Paris and Geneva.
Beaune is one of the key wine centres in France and the annual wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune is the primary wine auction in France. The town is surrounded by some of the world's most famous wine villages, while the facilities and cellars of many producers, large and small, are situated in Beaune itself. With a rich historical and architectural heritage, Beaune is considered the "Capital of Burgundy wines".

The Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune is a former charitable almshouse in Beaune, France. It was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor. The original hospital building, the Hôtel-Dieu, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture, is now a museum. 
An important charity wine auction is held in November each year (formerly in the great hall of the Hôtel-Dieu). - in: wikipedia

Monday, August 22, 2016

Château de Cordès - France

Castles are always welcome and this one from France is new in my collection. It was sent by Paula.

The Château de Cordès is a castle situated in the commune of Orcival, in the Puy-de-Dôme département of France. The château is privately owned, and open to the public. It is classified as a historic monument and the garden is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Remarkable Gardens of France.

Photo: J. Damase
The original castle dates from 1268, when it belonged to Guillaume de Chalus, whose family occupied the castle for nearly four hundred years. In 1659, they sold it to Emmanuel d'Allègre. His son, Yves de Tourzel, the marquis d'Allegre, who became a marechal of France in 1724, rebuilt it and transformed it into a residence, and in 1695, commissioned the workshop of Le Nôtre to lay out the garden.
In 1965, the new owner restored the château and recreated the gardens. - in: wikipedia

Saturday, August 20, 2016


A beautiful french official card from Annecy with the Basilica of the Visitation, the lake and the mountains, sent by a 11 years old girl. 

Photo: M. Glatz * Editions REVALP - ALBERTVILLE
FR-684094, sent by Amandine.
The Basilica of the Visitation at Annecy, highest symbol of the religious past of the city dominates Crêt d’Annecy and the surrounding area. A landmark throughout the city Annecy, one can observe the tip of the Visitation for miles around.
Built between 1909 and 1930, it was consecrated by Cardinal Tedeschini in 1949. On the Gothic Revival style, this basilica has acquired the name of Visitation to honour a hidden mystery of the church : « the visit of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. »
There are inside beautiful mosaics and stained glass windows that recount the life of St. François de Sales and Jeanne de Chantal, whose bronze caskets are exposed, and a masterpiece of casting Paccard; a carillon of 36 bells.
The visitation is not only a historical site that can be visited. It also houses within it a community of Visitation nuns who lives in the shadow of the steeple, in a prayer life that she shares with visitors who are interested. - in:

Incles Valley - Andorra

The snowy card is one of the many cards Paulo sent me a few days ago, the other was bought by me in Andorra 3 years ago. 

Incles Valley (Vall d'Incles in Catalan) is a valley of the Principality of Andorra whose entrance is located between the villages of Soldeu and El Tarter, in the parish of Canillo.

Fotografia: Jaume Riba
Facing north-east and crossed by the Incles River, the valley provides access to Juclar, the largest lake in Andorra. Of great landscaping interest, Incles Valley is the main site for hiking in the country. The access is difficult in winter because of the snow.