Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lake Manasarovar - Tibet

Remember that my friend Vitória sent a portuguese card and also a card from Tibet just a few days before Christmas? The portuguese card was posted a few weeks ago and here it is the card from Tibet. The card is showing the sacred lake of Manasarovar with the abode of Lord Shiva, Mt. Kailash, in the background. 

Lake Manasarovar situated about 2000 kms from Lhasa is world’s highest freshwater lake.
The lake is located at the southern foot of Mount Kailash, stretching up to 55miles (88kms) in perimeter it goes 330 feet deep and about 120 sq mi of total area. Lake Manasarovar has exceptional beauty that varies from crystal clear blue water near the shores and a deep emerald green colour at the center. There are a few monasteries on the shore of the lake and most striking of all is the ancient Chiu Gompa Monastery, which has been built right onto a steep hill.   

© Himalayan MapHouse (P) Ldt * Photo: Kami Tshering Sherpa
This holy lake is one of the important pilgrimages for Hindus and Buddhists. It attracts thousands of tourists and religious people towards itself every year from various parts of the world, but mainly from India, Tibet and its neighboring countries. The best to visit the lake is during springs as it is during this time the lake melts and allows people to bathe in its holy water. As believed by bathing and drinking this water one becomes fortunate and clears all his sins. Many travel agencies have annual pilgrimage group tours to this place and are often known as “Manasarovar Yatra”.    
As per the Hindu mythology it is believed, Lake Manasarovar was formed by Lord Brahma, who is the creator god. He found it to be an appropriate place for religious rituals. Hid 12 sons, who were also holy men performed rituals and austerities on the dry land at the site. And to give them a more appropriate place to earn value, Lord Brahma created a wonderful lake which today is known as - Lake Manasarovar. And as per Buddhist religion, theyrelate Manasarovar with Anotatta Lake. It is said that Lord Buddha was conceived at this very lake, as stated in the legends Lord Buddha's mother was brought on the lake by the gods and as she bathed in the sacred waters of Manasarovar her body was purified. Later she saw a white elephant running to her from Mount Kailash and Lord Buddha entered her womb. - in: http://www.kailash-yatra.org/about-mansarovar-lake.html

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BG-52147 & BG-52154

I don't get officials from Bulgaria that often but I've got these two in the same week. I believe they were written by the same person because the handwriting is the same even tought the cards came from different accounts and different users. Its probably the case of a family doing postcrossing because the cards were sent from the same city.

 UNICART
BG-52147, sent by Tsvetomir.
These are beautiful bulgarian nature views, unfortunately there's no identification of the images. 
Bulgaria is a country with beautiful landscape and pleasant continental climate. The relief is varied and features mountains and valleys, rivers and plains, lakes and sea.
Some ancient water and volcanic activities have lead to the creation of beautiful rock and cave formations and incredible scenery. The natural wonders of Bulgaria act as an inspirational reminder of the amazing natural diversity of our planet. - in: http://www.mydestination.com/bulgaria/attractions/314848/natural-wonders

UNICART
BG-52154, sent by Viktoria. 
A mix of nature, cultural and architecture bulgarian views: Belogradchik Rocks; Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia; Etar; Black Sea; Stone Forest in Varna; Plovdiv; Nesebar; Thracian Tomb of Sveshtarid; Rila Monastery; Pirin Mountain; Folk and Koprivshtitsa.

Monday, January 26, 2015

BY-1499772

Irina sent me a beautiful card, one in my favs wall but she forgot to write the ID. Fortunately the postcrossing team was able to find it. 

© Photo by A. Kolb
BY-1499772, sent by Irina.
This is the Memorial Church in honor of the Archangel Michael in Byaroza, built in memory of the soldiers-internationalists killed in Afghanistan. 

LV-174169

The ID of this card is latvian but the card is from Estonia, showing Haapsalu bishop’s castle, established in the 13th century. It is one of the best preserved Medieval fortresses. 

© Antre Inforeklaam
LV-174169, sent by Agnese.
The oldest part of the castle is a square castel, a so-called small fort, which is made up of a dome church and a convent building.
The Dome Church is the heart of the castle. It it is one of the largest one aisled churches in the Baltic region and the Nordic countries. The interior is simple as the Cistercian monastic standards required. The baptizing chapel with its round floor is quite unusual in the world and similar ones can be found only in Italy. In all likelihood, this chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary was built in the second half of the 14th century.   Because of the placement of the chapel’s windows you can see a figure of a women appear on the middle window during full moon nights (in August and February). Every year during the White Lady Festival, the unforgettable story of the maiden is performed as an open air theatre play. The acoustics in the church are very good, the echo lasting up to 11 seconds, is a serious challenge for the performers and offers the listeners a unique experiences. - in: http://www.westestonia.ee/en/magnets/object/a/haapsalu-piiskoplinnus-ja-toomkirik/ 

Bath - England

One month after Christmas I'm still posting Christmas cards, in this case, a card sent as Xmas card. 
Last year when I started to plan my trip to England, Bath was in my initial plans but due to lack of time, I've only been to London and Greenwich. On my next visit to UK I won't miss Bath. 
This card was sent by Miguel.

Photography by Jane / Koji Sakai
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, commonly known as Bath Abbey, is an Anglican parish church and a former Benedictine monastery in Bath, Somerset, England. Founded in the 7th century, Bath Abbey was reorganised in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries; major restoration work was carried out by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 1860s. It is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country.
The church is cruciform in plan, and is able to seat 1200. An active place of worship, with hundreds of congregation members and hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, it is used for religious services, secular civic ceremonies, concerts and lectures. The choir performs in the abbey and elsewhere. There is a heritage museum in the vaults.
The abbey is a Grade I listed building, particularly noted for its fan vaulting. It contains war memorials for the local population and monuments to several notable people, in the form of wall and floor plaques and commemorative stained glass. The church has two organs and a peal of ten bells. The west front includes sculptures of angels climbing to heaven on two stone ladders. - in: wikipedia

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NL-2823382

After a travel I start to think about the next one. My options for 2015 1st trip were initially Estonia and Scotland but now I'm seriously considering the Netherlands. I already know which cities I want to visit but Utrecht is not one of them though. 
The card shows the Oudegracht, the 'old canal' in central Utrecht on the left and the Papal House on the right. 

NL-2823382, sent by Corno.
Utrecht is one of the Netherlands' oldest cities, with a compact medieval centre set out around canals unique to the Netherlands. 
Utrecht's ancient city centre features many buildings and structures several dating as far back as the Early Middle Ages. It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century.
Another landmark is the old centre and the canal structure in the inner city. The Oudegracht is a curved canal, partly following the ancient main branch of the Rhine. It is lined with the unique wharf-basement structures that create a two-level street along the canals. - in: wikipedia
Paushuize is the second oldest historic building located in the city centre of Utrecht and made in commence of the only Dutch Pope Adrianus VI.
Pope Adrianus VI had the house built before he became a Pope, when he was attached to the court of Charles in Spain. He hoped to return to Utrecht someday. In 1522, he was elected Pope and died one year later in Rome, so he never got to live in his house in Utrecht. Paushuize has a magnificent interior which proves it once functioned as a palace.

In the 19th century, the building became the residence of the Royal Commissioner. Today, parts of the building can be hired for events. - in: http://www.visit-utrecht.com/en/event/papal-house

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DE-3834645

An official from Germany with some of the most famous landmarks in Berlin. 

© Schöning GmbH & Co. KG
DE-3834645, sent by Anika.
Clockwise:  Brandenburg Gate; Kurfürstendamm avenue; Nikolaiviertel; Palace of the Republic and Berlin's Cathedral; Berlin's TV Tower; Potsdamer Square; Red City Hall of Berlin; Reichstag building; Gendarmenmarkt Square and Berlin Victory Column.