Saturday, April 18, 2015

DE-4131160 & DE-4135322

An affcial from Oberellenbach and another one from Berlin. 

DE-4131160, sent by Anke.
This church is 800 years old and that's all I can say about it.

DE-4135322, sent by Thomas.
The Berlin City Palace (German: Berliner Stadtschloss, Berliner Schloss or simply Stadtschloss) was a royal and imperial palace in the centre of Berlin, the historical capital of Prussia, and subsequently Germany. It was located on the Museum Island at Schlossplatz, opposite the Lustgarten park. It was the winter residence of the Kings of Prussia and the German Emperors.
The palace was originally built in the 15th century and changed throughout the next few centuries.
 Heavily damaged by Allied bombing in World War II, although possible to repair at great expense, the palace was demolished in 1950 by the German Democratic Republic authorities, despite West German protests.
In 2013 work started on reconstruction and a part of the exterior of the palace has been rebuilt. The completion is expected in 2019. - in: wikipedia

Argèles-sur-Mer - France

 After all the drama of João's last holidays, the stress is finally over, now he's travelling again with is family. That's really good news after all they had been through.

Photos: Willy's - Estel
Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.
Argelès-sur-Mer is located in the coast sector of the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, just a short drive away from the Spanish border. Argelès-sur-Mer is the longest beach of Pyrenées Orientales. - in: wikipedia

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tavira - Portugal

Last month Ninocas spent a weekend in Algarve, where she found a new church card for my collection, the Church of Saint Mary of the Castle in Tavira. 

Foto © ART & CONCEPT: Gustav A. Wittich
Standing alongside the castle, Tavira's parish church incorporates the minaret of the town's Moorish mosque, remodelled to form the clock tower. Inside are the fine 13th-century tombs of seven knights of the crusading Order of Saint James, whose ambush and murder prompted the Christian reconquest of the city. In addition to the fine tilework and gilded alter surrounds, the sacristy has a small museum displaying vestments and chalices. - in: http://www.viva-tavira.com/Igrejas/igrejas_files/001staMaria.htm

3 in 1 RR - Group #202. Religious (any places of worship)

Churches from the Minas Gerais state in Brazil, sent by Sérgio. 

Foto: Paulo Laborne
The church of Our Lady of Conceição is located at the Main Square of Catas Altas. It is one of the most important temples in the state. According to a  document the first baptism held in the chapel took place in 1712.

Foto: Paulo Laborne
The chapel of Sant'Ana, in Chapada sub-district, in Ouro Preto, presents a similarity regarding the formal and volumetric aspect of the early 18th-century religious buildings of the state. 

Foto: Paulo Laborne
Side altar of Saint Helena in the chapel of the Rosary in Ouro Preto. The sculpture is a work of António Francisco Lisboa (Aleijadinho) and the gilded woodcarving from Manuel José Veloso. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

3 in 1 RR - Group #202. Religious (any places of worship)

Religious constructions in California, Rhode Island and New York, sent by Michele. 

Photographed by Gene Falk 
Mission San Antonio de Padua is a Spanish mission established by the Franciscan order in present-day Monterey County, California, near the present-day town of Jolon. It was founded on July 14, 1771 and was the third mission founded in Alta California by Father Presidente Junípero Serra. The mission was also the site of the first Christian marriage and the first use of fired-tile roofing in Upper California. - in: wikipedia

Copyright John T. Hopf
 Trinity Church, on Queen Anne Square in Newport, Rhode Island, is a historic parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. Founded in 1698, it is the oldest Episcopal parish in the state. The current Georgian building was designed by architect Richard Munday and constructed in 1725–26. It is a National Historic Landmark. - in: wikipedia

St. Patrick's Cathedral is a decorated Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral in New York. Its construction began in 1858 but was halted during the Civil War and resumed in 1865. The cathedral was completed in 1878 and dedicated on May 25, 1879.

US-3230280

The 1st thing that crosses my mind when I think about Seattle is Grey's Anatomy. 

Photo by: Ken Glaser, Jr. 
US-3230280, sent by Lisa.
Seattle is a coastal seaport city and the seat of King County, in the U.S. state of Washington. With an estimated 652,405 residents as of 2013, Seattle is the largest city in both the State of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America and, as of July 2013, the fastest-growing major city in the United States. - in: wikipedia

Thursday, April 9, 2015

DE-3961332 & US-3230296

These are officials from Germany and USA, both from Hawaii. 

 © mauritius images / Photo resource
DE-3961332, sent by Lisa. 
Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It is a shield-type volcano that makes up the southeastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii. The volcano rises 4,190 feet (1,227 meters) above sea level and is about 14 percent of the land area of the Big Island. The summit caldera contains a lava lake known as Halema`uma`u that is said to be the home of the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele.
To the casual observer, Kilauea appears to be part of the larger volcano Mauna Loa, but geological data indicates that it is a separate volcano with its own vent and conduit system. Kilauea has had 61 recorded eruptions in the current cycle, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and has been erupting on a continuous basis since 1983.
The long-lasting eruption has destroyed more than 200 structures, including the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park visitor center, the Royal Gardens subdivision and many homes and buildings in the town of Kalapana. For the last few years, lava from Pu`O O`O crater mostly streamed south toward the ocean. But on June 27, 2014, flow erupted from a vent on the northeast flank of the crater. - in: http://www.livescience.com/27622-kilauea.html

Photo by Scott Hanft
US-3230296, sent by Tania.
This is my 1st card sent from Hawaii.
Wai’oli Hui’ia Church is located in the town of Hanalei, which is on the rugged and dramatic north shore of Kauai between Princetown, and the Na Pali Coast State Park.  
The Wai’oli Hui’ia Church was established by American Christian missionaries in 1834. Because they expected the arrival of the missionaries, the Hawaiians themselves built the first structure on the site, a pole and thatched meeting house. A more permanent Hanalei church building was completed in 1837.
A plaster and timber-frame building was completed in 1841, with the lime for the plaster made from coral found on the beaches during low tides. The Mission Bell arrived and was installed in 1843. 
Today, the Hanalei Church Mission Hall is the oldest church building on Kauai. - in: http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/hawaii/kauai/hanalei-church