Friday, August 14, 2009

Unescos from Finland and UK

New unesco cards sent from Finland by "aj-person" and from UK by "ichabodhides"

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.

"The Ironbridge Gorge is a deep gorge formed by the river Severn in Shropshire, England.
Originally called the Severn Gorge, the gorge takes its name from its famous iron bridge, the 1st iron bridge of its kind in the world, and a monument to the industry that began there. The bridge was built in 1779 to link the industrial town of Broseley with the smaller town of Madeley and the growing industrial centre of Coalbrookdale.
There are 2 reasons why the site was so useful to the early industrialists. The raw materials, coal, iron ore, limestone and clay, for the manufacture of iron, tiles and porcelain are exposed or easily mined in the gorge. The deep and wide river allowed easy transport of the products to the sea." - in: wikipedia

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