Saturday, February 25, 2012
RU-764345, sent by Rita
Gracinha sent be a card from Nantes, France, showing the cathedral, the Louis XVI column, Saint-Pierre Gate and Montaudouin House. Nantes Cathedral or the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral. The construction of the cathedral began in 1434, on the site of a Romanesque cathedral, and took 457 years to finish, finally reaching completion in 1891. - in: wikipedia
Luciano sent me another card of St. Francis of Assisi church in Belo Horizonte. But this isn't just a RR card, is also a meeting card. On January 28th, took place in Belo Horizonte, the 1st Postcrossing meeting in this city. The postcrossers at the meeting were Luciano, o Estevão, Cynthia, Maria Adircilia, Sérgio, Helena, Walcar and Célio Andrade.
Monday, February 20, 2012
This card shows one of my favorite portuguese monuments, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, a Unesco whs since 1983. The card, sent by Gracinha, also shows Tomar's castle, built around 1160 on a strategic location, over a hill and near river Nabão. It has an outer defensive wall and a citadel with a keep inside. The Keep, a central tower of residential and defensive functions, was introduced in Portugal by the Templars, and the one in Tomar is one of the oldest in the country.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Photo by Andrés Murillo
However its strategic importance starts to decay and in the late 18th century it was already abandoned. The Castle was later rebuilt in the 19th century with a strong Romantic influence, as it is common throughout Sintra’s region.
The views from its walls and towers are breathtaking. - in: http://guides.getportugal.com/lisbon/see/4923/11/moorish-castle-sintra
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
CN-510169, sent by Danbo.
Original design of the cathedral was elaborated by Saint Petersburg architect Strom and Kiev eparchy architect Sparro. Later the project was completed by architect Beretti.
The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Prince Vladimir, who baptized Russia and made Christianity official state religion. Interiors and exteriors of the cathedral are designed in Old Byzantine style, which makes the cathedral similar to temples of Old Russia in the times of Saint Prince Vladimir. The cathedral topped with seven domes is 49 meters high. The door of the cathedral decorated with relieves is a masterpiece. Relieves depict Princess Olga, who was the first one in Russia to adopt Christianity, and her grandson prince Vladimir, who baptized Russia.
Saint Vladimir Cathedral was put up in 1862-1896. In 1896 it was solemnly consecrated at presence of Emperor Nicolas II and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna.
Saint Vladimir Cathedral is world famous for its unique frescos and mosaics. Outstanding Russian artists, such as Vasnetsov, Vrubel, Nesterov and others, as well as Venetian masters, participated in the cathedral decoration. Salvation and symbolic history of Russian Orthodox Christianity is the main subject that unifies all the frescos and mosaics of the cathedral, including those treating the Gospel subjects, depicting martyrs, apostles and saints. - in: http://www.kiev.info/culture/vladimir_cathedral.htm
RU-680043, sent by Natalia.
I already had a card of this fortress but not this view.
The cathedral's bell tower is the world's tallest Orthodox bell tower. Since the belfry is not standalone, but an integral part of the main building, the cathedral is sometimes considered the highest Orthodox Church in the world. - in: wikipedia
Saturday, February 4, 2012
FI-1322352, sent by Pirjo.
Rantsila is located in the province of Oulu and is part of the Northern Ostrobothnia region.
NL-977260, sent by Finn.