Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Estonia, Germany, USA

Nice cards today.

"Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It lies on the northern coast of Estonia, along the Gulf of Finland. The city is an important industrial, political and cultural center, and seaport.
Historically, the city has been attacked, sacked, razed and pillaged on numerous occasions. Although extensively bombed by Soviet air forces during the latter stages of World War II, much of the medieval Old Town still retains its charm. The Tallinn Old Town (including Toompea) became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1997." -
in: wikipedia.

"The ancient Tarvanpea fenced fortification on Rakvere Vallimägi was first mentioned in Henric's Livonian Chronicle in 1226. In the second and third quarters of the 13th Century the first stone buildings were built in the ancient stronghold encircled by a wooden palisade." - in: These cards were sent by Pirjo "muhv".

"Museum Island in Berlin, Germany is the name of the northern half of the Spreeinsel, an island in the Spree river in the centre of the city. The island received its name for several internationally renowned museums: Old Museum - is the oldest of the museums; New Museum - located behind the Old Museum, was completed in 1859. According to plan, after the completion in 2009, it shall -- as before the war -- exhibit the collections of Egyptian and pre-history; Old National Gallery - was completed in 1876 to host a collection of 19th century art donated by banker Joachim H. W. Wagener. The collection was greatly expanded and is today one of the largest collections of 19th century sculptures and paintings in Germany; Bode Museum - located at the northern tip of the island and easily recognizable due to its copper-brown cupola. It houses the sculpture collections and late Antique and Byzantine art; Pergamon Museum - completed in 1930, which hosts original-size, reconstructed monumental buildings such as the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the market gate of Miletus, consisting of parts taken from the original excavation sites.
The collections that were united on Museum Island for the first time allowed a unified look at European art from the Antiques up to the 19th century, presented in buildings that display the history of museums in themselves over a course of a hundred years, which is why the entire ensemble was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1999." -
in: wikipedia.
Card sent by Carla.

The Plaza, site of Albuquerque's first settlement, still provides a cool, grassy oasis with banches for sitting in the sun or shade. The bandstand is often used for summer entertainments. This card was sent by Jecelyn "nowaglas".

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