Friday, December 11, 2009

November RR - VIII

Finally some time to scan and post cards.
The November RR cards keep arriving, these are from Russia, Malaysia and Turkey.

Maria "raima" from Moscow sent be this card with the Tsar Bell.
"The Tsar Bell is a huge bell on display on the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin. The bell was commissioned by Empress Anna, niece of Peter the Great.
The bell is currently the largest bell in the world, weighing 216 tons, with a height of 6.14 m ( 20.1 ft) and diameter of 6.6 m ( 21.6 ft). It was founded from bronze by masters Ivan Motorin and his son Mikhail in 1733–1735. The bell was never rung — during a fire in 1737, a huge slab (11.5 tons) cracked off while it was still in the casting pit.
After the fire, the bell remained in its casting for a century. In 1836, the Tsar bell was placed on a stone pedestal next to the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in the Moscow Kremlin. The broken slab is nearly three times larger than the world's largest bell hung for full circle ringing, the tenor bell at Liverpool Cathedral.
For a time, the bell served as a chapel, with the broken area forming the door. There has apparently been some talk of recasting it.
According to a National Public Radio special on the bell, some Old Believers believe that on Judgement Day, it will be miraculously repaired and lifted up to heaven, where it will ring the blagovest (call to prayer)." - in: wikipedia
Another card from Russia but this one is from St. Petersburg and it was sent by Lydia "lydusha".
"St. Michael's Castle also called the Mikhailovsky Castle, is a former royal residence in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg. St. Michael's Castle was built as a residence for Emperor Paul I by architects Vincenzo Brenna and Vasili Bazhenov in 1797-1801. The castle looks different from each side, as the architects used the motifs of various architectural styles such as French Classicism, Italian Renaissance and Gothic.
Afraid of intrigues and assassination plots, Emperor Paul I didn't like the Winter Palace where he never felt safe. Due to his personal interest in Medieval knights and his constant fear of assassination, the new royal residence was built like a castle with rounded corners in which a small octagonal courtyard is located.
After Paul's death, the imperial family returned to the Winter Palace; St. Michael's Castle was abandoned and in 1819 was given to the army's Main Engineering School (later to become the Nikolayevskaya Engineering Academy). Since then the building has been called the Engineer Castle. Between 1838 and 1843, the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky studied as a cadet at the Main Engineering School.
In the early 1990s, St. Michael's Castle became a branch of the Russian Museum and now houses its Portrait Gallery, featuring official portraits of the Russian Emperors and Empresses and various dignitaries and celebrities from the late 17th to the early 20th century." - in: wikipedia

This is a card from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. It was sent by "Yiphinwai".
On the card there's the Titiwangsa Lake, an artificial lake from one of old minning pool in the city. Many of these pools can be found in Kuala Lumpur because minning was the main economic activity during the foundation of the city.
The ferris wheel Eye on Malaysia was moved to Malacca.

I didn't have any cards with ferris wheels but received 2 through this RR. This card sent by Pinar "pinuccia" shows the Gençlik Park in Ankara, Turkey.
Gençlik Park is the oldest park in Ankara (1943). It used to be the only place for the residents of Ankara to enjoy the taste of nature, complete with pond and greenery.
This 38 hectares park is where today's middle-aged generation spent their youth. The park houses what once was the only amusement park in Ankara. There are also tea gardens, restaurants, outdoor cafes, outdoor theatre performances and a large pond on which you can row or water-cycle.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Russian one is so beautiful! I love it!