Friday, November 7, 2008

Unesco cards

I've received 3 great cards today, all of them unesco, 2 of them new in my collection. These cards are from Italy, Czech Republic and Portugal.

I really like this one sent by Gosia. These towers are so great, i'm sure i would love to visit San Gimignano.
"'San Gimignano delle belle Torri' is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. It served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 50 m) as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The town also has several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian art." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/550

I wasn't expecting this unesco card but Lucka "zas9k" tagged me on the portuguese speaking countries rest of the world tag and surprised me with it :)
"The Holasovice farmhouses from 19th century are a famous example of Peasant Baroque.Holasovice is picturesque village from 13th century and its present appearance is considered a true pearl of the rustic Baroque style. Rustic (peasant) Baroque style is characterised by coloured façades with gables and white stucco ornamentation. Farmhouses are situated around a central pond. The pond was used for breeding freshwater fish; the entire area is still known for its fish industry." - in: http://www.discoverczech.com/ceske-budejovice/holasovice.php4
in: Holasovice is on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list under the name of Holasovise Historical Village Reservation since 1998.

I already have a few cards from Sintra but i didn't have any showing this palace. This beautiful card was sent by Joana "joana122".
"Known by the local inhabitants as Palácio da Vila (Town's Palace), the National Palace of Sintra dominates the landscape with its famous chimneys. It is the only Portuguese medieval royal palace still standing, and it was certainly built over the residence of the former Arab governors. Built along several centuries, the building exhibits various styles, but two are specially known: the additions made by king João II (15th century) and by king Manuel I (16th century). The interior decoration displays a wonderful collection of Mudejar painted tiles, and there are series of rooms and chambers, courtyards and patios, corridors and staircases. At the kitchen, it is possible to admire more closely the huge conical chimneys, which remind us that it was here that the Portuguese Court retreated for the Summer." - in: http://viajar.clix.pt/tesouros.php?id=76&lg=en

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