Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Unesco from the Balkans

Last friday i've received a great envelope from Macedonia sent by Ana. She knows i collect unesco cards and surprised me with these 2 great unesco cards, 1 from Montenegro and the other from Bosnia. These are 2 wonderful new unesco cards and on the same time, the 2nd card from both countries.
Thanks Ana :D

Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro.
The old mediterranean port of Kotor, surrounded by an impressive city wall built by the Republic of Venice and the Venetian influence remains dominant among the cultural influences.
The cathedral on the card is the St. Trypon Cathedral, built in honor of St. Trypon, patron and protector of the city.
This cathedral was consecrated in 1166 and is one of the two Roman Catholic cathedrals in Montenegro.
The cathedral was damaged and rebuilt after the earthquake of 1667, but there were not enough funds for its complete reconstruction, thats why the 2 towers are so different from each other.
In 1979 another earthquake damaged the cathedral but it has been salvaged and the restoration works just finished a few years ago.
Stari Most (Old Bridge) is a 16th century bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses Neretva river, connecting the 2 parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 year, but it was destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War. After the war it was rebuilt and reopened in 2004 as a symbol of peace and ethnic harmony.

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