Friday, October 8, 2010

Sarah's cards

Sarah "swillson" opened a thread on the forum offering some of her cards from used stamps and i contacted her to propose a trade. She sent me 10 great cards for 40 of my stamps.
The cards are from the USA, Russia, Macedonia, Hungary, Netherlands, UK, Finland and Germany.

I don't know if she checked my card wishes but she sent great cards including a missing US capital city and a missing unesco site. This is a card from Augusta, Maine's capital city.
"The Maine State House, located in Augusta, Maine, united States, was completed in 1832, one year after Augusta became the capital of Maine. Built using Maine granite, the State House was based on the design of the Capitol building for Massachusetts." - in: wikipedia

A few days ago i've arranged a trade with a girl from Russia for a card from Yaroslavl, a Unesco whs missing in my collection. On the same day i send my card to that girl, i've received Sarah's envelope with this card showing the belfry of the Church of the Savior Monastery in Yaroslavl.

"This monastery constructed in 1506—1516 on the foundations of the original edifice dating back to 1216—1224. In the 16th century, the first stone wall is built around the monastery. It is from this monastery that an army of volunteers led by Minin and Prince Pozharsky set out to liberate Moscow from Polish invaders. In 1787, the monastery was closed and converted into a residence of the Yaroslavl and Rostov bishops." - in: wikipedia

This is also a card from a russian unesco site, Kolomenskoye. On the card there's the Water Tower from the 2nd half of the 17th century and the Bell Tower of St. George from the 1st half of the 16th century.

And now a card from Skopje, Macedonia's capital city, showing a street in the old town.
Skopje's "Old Town is situated in an area between the Stone Bridge and the Bit Bazaar, and between the Kale fortress and the Vardar River. In the past all economic activities in the city were taking place in this part of it. In the period between the 16th and 17th centuries, the Old Town reached its urban and economic zenith, developing into one of the largest and most significant oriental old bazaars in the Balkans. It is full of bustling shops that beckon visitors. This bazaar is an interesting mixture of Eastern and Western culture. Although Islamic architecture is predominant in the bazaar, there are several churches as well." - in: wikipedia

The last card of this 1st Sarah's cards set is from Budapest, Hungary and it shows the St. Matthias Church.
"Matthias Church is a church located in Budapest, Hungary, at the heart of Buda's Castle District. According to church tradition, it was originally built in Romanesqye style in 1015. The current building was constructed in the florid late Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century and was extensively restored in the late 19th century. It was the second largest church of medieval Buda and the seventh largest church of medieval Hungarian Kingdom." - in: wikipedia

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