Sunday, July 25, 2010

Swedish Unesco whs

These are my last received unesco cards.
I bought some unesco cards in Italy hoping to make some trades for missing sites but i've been lazy to do so. Maybe in the next few days.
Anyway, Marie "vykorstfantast" was offering some unesco cards and i requested these from Sweden, Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland and Naval Port of Karlskrona.

"The Stora Alvaret is a limestone barren plain on the island of Öland, Sweden. Because of the thin soil mantle and high pH levels, a great assortment of vegetation is found including numerous rare species. Stora Alvaret has been designated as a World Hetitage Site by Unesco due to its extraordinary biodiversity and prehistory. The area of this formation exceeds 260 km², making it the largest such expanse in Europe and comprising over one fourth of the land area of the island. Stora Alvaret is not devoid of trees, contrary to a common misconception; in fact, it holds a variety of sparse stunted trees akin to a pygmy forest. The Stora Alvaret, sometimes called the Great Alvar, is a dagger shaped expanse almost 40 kilometers long and about 10 kilometers at the widest north end." - in: wikipedia

"Karlskrona is a locality in the Blekinge County, Sweden. Karlskrona is known as Sweden's only baroque city and is host to Sweden's only remaining naval base and the headquarters of the Swedish Coast Guard.
The city was founded in 1680 when the Royal Swedish Navy was relocated from the mainland to the island which had up until then been used chiefly for farming and grazing. At the time Sweden was the dominant military power in the Baltic sea region. The island had a very strategic position with short sailing distances to the German and Baltic provinces. Its name means Karl's Crown in honour of King Karl XI of Sweden, the name being inspired by the name of the city Landskrona.
The city has kept its street structure since its foundation. Since the streets all follow a grid pattern the winds can blow freely from the ocean right into the heart of the city.
The naval installations there has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The old architecture together with the naval installations comprise the major tourist attractions of Karlskrona." - in: wikipedia

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