This is the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw.
"The Centennial Hall, a landmark in the history of reinforced concrete architecture, was erected in 1911-1913 by the architect Max Berg as a multi-purpose recreational building, situated in the Exhibition Grounds. In form it is a symmetrical quatrefoil with a vast circular central space that can seat some 6,000 persons. The 23m-high dome is topped with a lantern in steel and glass. The Centennial Hall is a pioneering work of modern engineering and architecture, which exhibits an important interchange of influences in the early 20th century, becoming a key reference in the later development of reinforced concrete structures." - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1165
Friday, October 31, 2008
This is the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The Old Town of Bamberg is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage, primarily because of its authentic medieval appearance. The city established a documentation centre in 2005 to support World Heritage activities.
Bamberg is known for Rauchbier (or smoked beer in English). The most famous is Schlenkerla's Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier from the Heller brewery; it can be enjoyed at the Schlenkerla tavern on the Dominikaner Strasse in the Old Town. Bamberg was in 2005 home to nine traditional breweries and one modern brewpub - an unusually high number for a city of 70,000." - in: wikipedia
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This is a card from Porto but it shows 2 cities, Porto on the right side of the river and Vila Nova de Gaia on the left side. The river is the Douro river, one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula. River Douro rises in Spain and flows more or less east - west across northern Portugal reaching the sea at Porto.
This card was published by the portuguese postal service. They published a few collections according to the portuguese regions and i've 3 of that collections. Here we can see Ribeira quarter. Ribeira spreads alongside the Douro river and used to be a centre of intense commercial and manufacturing activity since the Middle Ages. The narrow and winding streets, dark arcades, typical houses with colourful façades and animated night life, are some of the reasons why Ribeira is one of favorite spot for tourists in Porto.
I took both of these pictures 2 years ago. I was visiting a friend in another city and we deciced to go to Porto. It was a wonderful day and i took dozens of pictures and bought a lot of cards. In the next pictures vs cards will show more images from Porto.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
From top left clockwise: Ghajn Tuffieha Bay; Fishing village of Marsaxlokk; san Anton gardens in Attard; Portes des Bombes; St. Lawrence Church in Nirgu. On the main image there's the Grand Harbour.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Leblon is another affluent neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, just west of Ipanema. It's very much like Ipanema but even more exclusive, being the home of very rich and affluent people. The beach is a bit more quiet and relaxed than the hip and trendy beach of Ipanema. The neighborhood has the highest land prices of Brazil and Latin America.
Several views of the Sugar Loaf.
A glass-paneled cable car capable of holding 75 passengers, runs along a 1400-metre route between the peaks of Pão de Açúcar and Cara de Cão every half hour. The original cable car line was built in 1912. So familiar is this peak, the mere sight of it in a film is sufficient to establish the setting as Rio de Janeiro." - in: wikipedia
"The Monastery of São Bento emerged on the hill, with a panoramic view of the Guanabara Bay, some twenty years after de foundation of the City of Rio de Janeiro, in 1565. The monastery, which has been compared to a museum, has a monastic simplicity making it one of the most beautiful architectural complexes in Brazil. The harmony amongst the various parts built at different stages in history resulted from the rule of the Benedictine school, which by tradition only uses artists and builders belonging to the Order. There is a surprising contrast between the austere purposefully simple appearance of the exterior and the richness of the interior highlighting gilded Baroque engravings with plants motifs and the exuberant Rococo style in the engraving on the high altar, cross vaulting and Chapel of the Santíssimo Sacramento". - in: http://www.rio.rj.gov.br/riotur/en/atracao/?CodAtr=1441
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Glacier National Park borders Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada—the two parks are known as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, and were designated as the world's first International Peace Park in 1932. Both parks were designated by the United Nations as Biosphere Reserves in 1976, and in 1995 as World Heritage sites." - in: wikipedia
Pueblo Bonito, the largest and best known Great House in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, northern New Mexico, was built by ancestral Pueblo people and occupied between AD 828 and 1126. Built in stages, this pueblo in it's final form contained nearly 600 rooms, 40 kivas cerimonial structures) and rose four stories high.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
"Mount Huangshan is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China. The area is famous for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, Huangshan Pine trees, and views of the clouds from above. The area also has hot springs and natural pools. Mount Huang is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular destination for both domestic and foreign tourists." - in: wikipédia
"Bayon Temple is the spectacular central temple of the ancient city of Angkor Thom, which is located just to the north of the famous Angkor Wat in Angkor, Cambodia.
Angkor Thom was built as a square, the sides of which run exactly north to south and east to west. Standing in the exact center of the walled city, Bayon Temple represents the intersection of heaven and earth. Built around 1190 AD by King Jayavarman VII, Bayon is a Buddhist temple but it incorporates elements of Hindu cosmology.
Bayon is known for its huge stone faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, with one facing outward and keeping watch at each compass point. The curious smiling image, thought by many to be a portrait of Jayavarman himself, has been dubbed by some the "Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia." There are 51 smaller towers surrounding Bayon, each with four faces of its own.
Bayon Temple is surrounded by two long walls bearing an extraordinary collection of bas-relief scenes of legendary and historical events. In all, there are are total of more than 11,000 carved figures over 1.2km of wall. They were probably originally painted and gilded, but this has long since faded." - in: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/cambodia/bayon-temple.htm
Monday, October 20, 2008
Well, Trancoso is classified as historical village but it is a city. The classification of historical village was given to places with significant historical and patrimonial value.The walled city of Trancoso still retains much of its medieval atmosphere, a past full of portuguese heritage. Trancoso is located in my district and this card shows its castle.
I want to take a picture like the card but there was a car parked next to the pillory.... i don't like to have cars in my pictures, specially when i taking pictures of historical buildings like castles or old churches.
This is a card from Belmonte, a town not too far from my city but belongs to Castelo Branco district. Here you can see a "castle from the 13century that was transformed into a fortified manor house in the 15th century by the family of Pedro Alvares Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil. Pedro was born inside, and the family's coat of arms is part of a Manueline window on one of the side walls. The interior has been remodeled and includes an amphitheater for shows and concerts." - in: http://www.golisbon.com/portugal/cities/belmonte.html
I took this picture 2 or 3 years ago when i went to Belmonte with my dad.
I was lucky that day because it was raining but when we went to the castle the rain stopped and i took some nice pictures.
Belmonte is known for beeing the birth place of Pedro Álvares Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil, but it's also known for having the largest Jewish community in Portugal.
Friday, October 17, 2008
"Cabo Frio is the biggest and most developed town in the Região dos Lagos (Lakes Region) of Rio. Cabo Frio means "Cold Cape"; this name comes from the low temperature of the sea water. This happens because there is a submarine stream coming from South Pole which emerges near the coast of Cabo Frio. There is a constant wind blowing from northeast, which has sculpted fine white sand into dunes. The combination of salty water and wind has made Cabo Frio to be the major producer of salt in the past (this activity declined much recently)." - in: http://www.v-brazil.com/tourism/rio-de-janeiro/cabo-frio.html
Thursday, October 16, 2008
"Ouchy is a commune, port, and popular lakeside resort near the city of Lausanne in Switzerland, located at the south of the city, at the edge of the Lake Léman (Lake Geneva).
In Ouchy, on October 18, 1912 was signed between Italy and the Ottoman Empire the First Treaty of Lausanne, which concluded the Italo-Turkish War." - in: wikipedia
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
PS - there's more informations about Nassebar in an older post.
One more card sent by Ana "ninocas" and this one shows the Seteais Palace in Sintra.
"The Seteais Palace is a neoclassical palace located in Sintra. The palace is nowadays a luxury hotel, restaurant and a tourist attraction included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The Seteais Palace was built between 1783 and 1787 for the Dutch consul Daniel Gildemeester. After changing hands several times, the palace was acquired by the Portuguese government in 1946. The Seteais Palace has been used as a luxury hotel since 1954 but its original characteristics have been preserved." - in: wikipedia
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Benin; Botswana; Burkina; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo; Congo (Dem. Rep.); Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Ivory Coast; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Niger; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Somalia; Sudan; Swaziland; Togo; Uganda; Zambia.
Bangladesh; East Timor; Kazakhstan; Korea (north); Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Mongolia; Qatar; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan.
Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Dominica; El Salvador; Grenada; Haiti; Trinidad & Tobago.
Fiji; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu.
Territories, Colonies, and Dependencies:
- Under Australian Jurisdiction:
Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Coral Sea Islands
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
- Under Danish Jurisdiction:
- Under Dutch Jurisdiction:
- Under French Jurisdiction:
Bassas da India
French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Juan de Nova Island
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Wallis and Futuna
- Under New Zealand Jurisdiction:
- Under Norwegian Jurisdiction:
- Under UK Jurisdiction:
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Isle of Man
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands
- Under US Jurisdiction:
Northern Mariana Islands
Monday, October 13, 2008
It was built from 1542–1546 as a hunting lodge for Duke Moritz of Saxony.
Between 1723 and 1733, the castle was remodelled as a pleasure seat with formal park for Augustus II the Strong, elector of Saxony and king of Poland by the architects Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann and Longeloune.
The displays of many areas within the castle are dedicated to the courtly art of formal hunting. The collection of red deer antlers is considered to be the largest in the world. In the Monströsensaal ("Monstrosity Room") are 39 morbidly contorted antlers, one of them the famous 66-point antler." - in: wikipedia
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Porto is well known for its enterprising spirit, characteristic culture, people, and local cuisine." - in: wikipedia
The park was created on May 8, 1971 due to its national and international scientific interest, with the aim to protect the soil, water, flora, fauna, and landscape, while preserving its value to the existent human and natural resources. Education and tourism are also goals of the park." - in: wikipedia
Friday, October 10, 2008
The island has a history of occupation going back to the Carthaginians. At the time of Roman conquest of Hispania, the island hosted a small fish processing centre, as evidenced by recently discovered remains of salt tanks. To help defend against privateers, the natural anchorage was extended at the time of the Iberian Union with an artificial rock barrier connecting the island of Pessegueiro to the coastline.
In 1590 began the construction of the Pessegueiro Fortress. The fort occupied a dominant position on the island, with the purpose of providing military support to another fortress on the mainland." - in: wikipedia
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The Upper Middle Rhine Valley, is a 65 km section of the River Rhine between Koblenz and Bingen in Germany. It was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in June 2002 for a unique combination of geological, historical, cultural and industrial reasons." - in: wikipedia
Vila Nova de Milfontes has a beautiful estuary that gives shelter to several species of birds and marine life. Moreover, wild boars and foxes can be found in the surrounding woods." - in: wikipedia