The church was built between 1893 - 1897.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Murmansk is a city and the administrative center of Murmansk Oblast, Russia. It serves as a seaport and is located in the extreme northwest part of Russia, on the Kola Bay, 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) from the Barents Sea on the northern shore of the Kola Peninsula, not far from Russia's borders with Norway and Finland. Despite its rapidly declining population, Murmansk remains the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. - in: wikipedia
The card shows the Kirov Culture and Techonology Palace.
Historically, Belfast has been a centre for the Irish linen industry (earning the nickname "Linenopolis"), tobacco production, rope-making and shipbuilding: the city's main shipbuilders, Harland and Wolff, which built the ill-fated RMS Titanic, propelled Belfast on to the global stage in the early 20th century as the largest and most productive shipyard in the world. Belfast played a key role in the Industrial Revolution, establishing its place as a global industrial centre until the latter half of the 20th century.
Today, Belfast remains a centre for industry, as well as the arts, higher education and business, a legal centre, and is the economic engine of Northern Ireland. The city suffered greatly during the period of disruption, conflict, and destruction called the Troubles, but latterly has undergone a sustained period of calm, free from the intense political violence of former years, and substantial economic and commercial growth. Belfast city centre has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years, notably around Victoria Square.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
My card shows the Stierchen Bridge crossing the Alzette river. This is a medieval bridge built in the 14th century.
It is the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and where he performs most of his duties as head of state of the Grand Duchy. As the official residence of the Grand Duke, the palace is used by him in the exercise of his official functions. He and the Grand Duchess, together with their staff, have their offices at the palace, and the state rooms on the first floor are used for a variety of meetings and audiences. in: wikipedia
The members of the Royal Family are the Grand Duke Henri married to Maria Teresa Mestre. Their children are: Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Prince Félix, Prince Louis, Prince Sébastien and the Princess Alexandra.
The Horta Museum is a museum dedicated to the life and work of the Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta and his time. The museum is housed in Horta's former house and atelier, Maison & Atelier Horta (1898), in the Brussels municipality of Saint-Gilles. In the splendid Art Nouveau interiors there is a permanent display of furniture, utensils and art objects designed by Horta and his contemporaries as well as documents related to his life and time. - in: wikipedia
When banker and art collector Adolphe Stoclet commissioned this house from one of the leading architects of the Vienna Secession movement, Josef Hoffmann, in 1905, he imposed neither aesthetic nor financial restrictions on the project. The house and garden were completed in 1911 and their austere geometry marked a turning point in Art Nouveau, foreshadowing Art Deco and the Modern Movement in architecture. Stoclet House is one of the most accomplished and homogenous buildings of the Vienna Secession, and features works by Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt, embodying the aspiration of creating a ‘total work of art' (Gesamtkunstwerk). Bearing testimony to artistic renewal in European architecture, the house retains a high level of integrity, both externally and internally as it retains most of its original fixtures and furnishings. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1298
The mansion is still occupied by the Stoclet family. It is therefore not open to visitors. The palace was designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO in June 2009.
This fortress was part of the so called “Tejo river defensive line”, from which also were part the lovely Almourol Castle, the Monsanto Castle, the Tomar Castle and the Zêzere Castle.
In the 16th century, Castelo Branco had the configuration of a fortress-locality, in which even the mother church is located inside the castle. Throughout the years the castle has been damaged by the Castile attacks and even by the French invasions.
The period after the French invasions aggravated the destructive process for all the defensive structures, as even the public power authorized the population to remove stones from the walls in order to built their residences.
Since 1940 that the Castle has been receiving several conservation works, despite some consider that all the alterations transformed the monument main features. - in: http://www.getportugal.com/en/poi-castelo-de-castelo-branco-14501
The St Suzana fort was built in the 17th century by order of the Count of Cantanhede as a defence against Algerian and Tunisian pirates that attacked this coastal area. Almost nothing exists of the initial structure. On its place is the building of the Fiscal Police, a fine example of the Estado Novo architecture that was built in the 20th century. - in: http://itinerante.pt/poi/forte-sta-susana?lang=en
Castelo de Vide is a charming Alentejo village, located in a hill in the São Mamede Mountain range, in a place blessed by nature.
The pituresque white houses come up and down the hill, with the Castle at the top, where centuries of history have left its legacy.
There are several highlights in this beautiful town, like the gorgeous high Castle providing wonderful panoramas all around, but also other spots like the Jewish old quarter, one of the most important and well preserved examples of the Jewish presence in Portugal, dating back from the 13th century, and housing as well one of the biggest gothic civil architectural sets.
In the magnificent D. Pedro V Square is located the lovely São João Baptista Church, the Hospital, the Matriz Church and the Town Hall, surrounded by some elegant manor houses.
In front of Castelo de Vide is located the hill where the lovely Nossa Senhora da Penha Chapel is situated, providing a wonderful landscape over the village and the surrounding natural panorama. - in: http://www.getportugal.com/en/poi-castelo-de-vide-15153
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
And now a view of Angra do Heroísmo and Mt. Brazil.
Angra do Heroísmo is the historical capital of the Azores; it is also the archipelago's oldest city, dating back to 1450, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983. Some claim that Angra was founded by Álvaro Martins, who sailed with Didrik Pining on his expedition to the New World, and with Bartolomeu Dias on his voyage around the Cape of Good Hope. Others contend that Angra was founded in 1450 or 1451 by Jácome de Bruges, a Fleming in the service of Prince Henry the Navigator, who recruited farmers, fishermen, and merchants in the Low Countries to colonize the Azores. - in: wikipedia
We walked a bit around the city, visited a museum and a few of Porto monuments. One of those monuments was the S. Francisco Church, the city's most important Gothic temple. It's construction began in the fourteenth century. The extensive 17th and 18th baroque decoration is a profusion of gilt wood carvings in the vault pillars and columns: cherubs, plants, and animals dripping with gold -- note the "Tree of Jesse," dating from 1718.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The pictures were taken by José "PilotOne" and the card was made and sent by Luís "ludovico". This isn't an handmade card, that's a real card.
Left picture: Karina "kazinhabueno", Vitória "blicas blocas", Ninocas, Susana "susanaportugal", José "PilotOne", Joana "joaninha", Rita "rita_simões", me, Luís "ludovico" and Duarte.
She also met Jetske, Tjitske, Astrid, Saskia, Cindy and Leonie.
The Piazza della Cisterna is the most beautiful and famous piazza in all of San Gimignano. It is enclosed by a wall of nobility houses and medieval towers. It marks the junction between the two most important roads: the Francigena and the road leading from Pisa to Siena. It was the heart of San Gimignano, forming, along with the Piazza Duomo, the cornerstone of the medieval city. While Piazza Duomo was the religious and political centre, the Piazza della Cisterna was the place dedicated to popular culture, with a marketplace and a site for holding public performances, festivals, and tournaments. - in: http://www.italyguides.it/us/italy/tuscany/san-gimignano/piazza-della-cisterna/fountain-of-cisterna.htm
In just a few days, Dennis "mediolanum_card" sent me 2 cards from Milan, the other one was an official.
The official shown the Duomo and this one also shows the Duomo but also the Sforzesco Castle, Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, one of the navigli (water canal), La Scala Opera House and the Peace Arch at the Sempione Square.
The card was sent by Michelle.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The college was founded in 1441 by King Henry VI, soon after its sister college in Eton. However, the King's plans for the college were disrupted by the civil war and resultant scarcity of funds, and his eventual deposition. Little progress was made on the project until in 1508 King Henry VII began to take an interest in the college, most likely as a political move to legitimise his new position. The building of the college's chapel, begun in 1446, was finally finished in 1544 during the reign of King Henry VIII.
King's College Chapel is regarded as one of the greatest examples of late Gothic English architecture. It has the world's largest fan-vault, and the chapel's stained-glass windows and wooden chancel screen are considered some of the finest from their era. The building is seen as emblematic of Cambridge. The chapel's choir, composed of male students at King's and choristers from the nearby King's College School, is one of the most accomplished and renowned in the world. Every year on Christmas Eve the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (a service created by a Dean of King's especially for the college) is broadcast from the chapel to millions of listeners worldwide. - in: wikipedia
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
This building is the Chernivtsi University, a former residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans. It represents a masterful synergy of architectural styles built by Czech architect Josef Hlavka from 1864 to 1882. The property, an outstanding example of 19th-century historicist architecture, also includes a seminary and monastery and is dominated by the domed, cruciform Seminary Church with a garden and park. The complex expresses architectural and cultural influences from the Byzantine period onward and embodies the powerful presence of the Orthodox Church during Habsburg rule, reflecting the Austro-Hungarian Empire policy of religious tolerance. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1330
Sunday, September 4, 2011
The Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian is an Unesco WHS since 1979.
The Old City of Dubrovnik is known for its monumental centre. Dubrovnik became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. It managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains.
The Bolo-hauz Mosque is one of the severak mosques in the historic center of Bukhara.
Bukhara, which is situated on the Silk Route, is more than 2,000 years old. It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact. Monuments of particular interest include the famous tomb of Ismail Samani, a masterpiece of 10th-century Muslim architecture, and a large number of 17th-century madrasas. - in: www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/602
St. Catherine's Monastery is an Orthodox monastery on the Sinai peninsula at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt. One of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world, St. Catherine's incorporates the burning bush seen by Moses and contains many valuable icons. Above the monastery is Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. Because God spoke to Moses in these places, this area is sacred to three world religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
In 2002, the area centering on St. Catherine's Monastery was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of Mt. Sinai's importance in three major world religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), the natural environment of the area and St. Catherine's historic architecture and art. - in: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/egypt/sinai-monastery