Thursday, August 27, 2009
On the card there's the Bridgewater Canal, Piccadilly Gardens, Castlefield, Manchester Cathedral and the Central Library.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Thanks to Valerie i've now 3 unesco cards from Norway. Yesterday i've received this one from her.
"Geiranger is a small tourist town in the western part of Norway in the region called Sunnmøre. It lies at the head of the Geirangerfjord, which is a branch of the Storfjord. Geiranger is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and has been named the best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet. Since 2005, the Geirangerfjord has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Norway's third biggest cruise-ship port receives 140 - 180 ships during the four-month tourist season. Several hundred thousand people pass through every summer, and tourism is the main business for the 250 people who live there permanently. Geiranger is under constant threat from the mountain Åkerneset which could erode into the fjord. A collapse could cause a tsunami that could destroy downtown Geiranger." - in: wikipedia
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This defensive structure was improved during the reign of king D. Sancho I (1185 to 1211).
In 1409, during the reign of king D. João I, the defensive structures of the Castle are improved, and the big Donjon is built. The tower would suffer some alterations after 1640, during the Restoration War, with adaptation for the installation of artillery pieces.
Bragança was also stage for the French invasions, nevertheless its munitions and armoury was able to stop the Napoleonic troops.
Classified as National Monument, the Castle has been receiving improvement and conservation works over the years.
The Castle defensive walls involves the historical nucleus of the town, with an area of about 3 hectares. The “cidadela” is marked by the Donjon, with 17 meters on the side and 34 meters high.
On the north side of the walls is located the famous Princesa Tower, which is linked to an ancient legend…
A noble, yet poor, knight was in love with the princess, leaving to assemble a fortune in order to ask the hand of the Princess, and asking her to wait for his return.
For many years the Princess refused all her pretenders, nevertheless her uncle promised her to a friend of his, forcing her to commit, which she peremptory refused.
The uncle decided to do something and one night, disguised as a ghost, he got into the Princess bedroom, pretending to be the ghost of the young man and told her that if she would not accept to get married with her pretender he would be a condemned soul. Yet, even though it was night time, a sun light entered through the second door and revealed her the deceitful uncle.
These doors from that day on got to be known as the “treason door” and the “sun door”." - in: http://www.getportugal.com/
US-475082, sent by Mandy.
This card is from Chicago with the Wrigley Building and Tribute Tower, skycrapers from the 20's.
I wasn't counting on a Mirando do Douro card, so it was a surprise.
As you can see, this used to be a castle, now is just ruins.
Montalegre Castle is classified as a national and it houses a museum inside.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The inner part of the dome is covered by a fine mosaic panel with the ornament consisting of stars and flowers. The panel is a masterpiece of Oriental art which is equal to none in all medieval architecture. Long time ago a bove the building on a high drum with twelve apertures there was a dark blue glazed tabernacle . Unfortunately, it cannot be seen now : the structure was heavily damaged. But the tomb of Tyurabek-khanym has always been the center of mass pilgrimage." - in: www.advantour.com/turkemenistan/dashoguz/tyurabek-khanym.html
Saturday, August 15, 2009
"Schokland is a former island in the Dutch Zuiderzee. Schokland lost its status as an island when the Noordoostpolder was reclaimed from the sea in 1942. The remains are still visible as a slightly elevated part in the polder and by the still partly intact retaining wall of the waterfront of 'Middelbuurt'.
As a result from the increasing sea-level Schokland transformed from an attractive settlement area in the Middle Ages to a place under continuous threat by floods in the 19th century. By that time the Schoklanders had retreated to the three most elevated parts, Emmeloord, Molenbuurt, and Middelbuurt. A major flood in 1825 brought massive destruction, and in 1859 the government decided to end permanent settlement on Schokland. The former municipality of Schokland was joined to Kampen on the mainland.
Today Schokland is a popular archeological site and host to the Schokland Museum, it was also the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in The Netherlands." - in: wikipedia
Friday, August 14, 2009
Suomenlinna is an inhabited sea fortress built on 6 islands, and which is nowadays part of Helsinki. Suomenlinna is an WHS since 1991 and a popular place for tourists and locals, who enjoy it as a picturesque picnic site.
The construction started in 1748 as a protection against Russian expansionism.
Nowadays, the fortress houses the Finnish Navy and several art studios and galleries.
As the national capital, Brasília is the seat of the 3 branches of the brazilian government. The city is a world reference for urban planning.
This 1st card shows the Supreme Federal Court. It is the highest court of law of Brazil as its rulings cannot be appealed.
The National Congress consists of the Senate (left semisphere) and the Chamber of Deputies (right semisphere). Since the 60's, the national Congress has its seat in Brasília. As many buildings in the city, it was designed by Oscar Niemeyer following the style of modern Brasília architecture.
The Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, also known as JK Bridge, was named after a former brazilian president. It was designed by the architect Alexandre Chan and the engineer Mário Vila Verde. Chan won the Gustav Lindenthal Medal for this project at the 2003 International Bridge Conference at Pittsburg due to "... outstanding achievement demonstrating harmony with the environment, aesthetic merit and sucessful community participation".