Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Monthly Favorite Surprise RR * December '15

I didn't join the November's RR, I didn't notice it, so I'm jumping for October to December. In December I got cards from Russia, Estonia and Netherlands. 

The volvano on this card is one of the Udina volcanos in Klyuchevskoy Nature Park, considered one of the main natural attractions of the Kamchatka Peninsula. 
As a result of the numerous and lengthy eruptions in the area formed the huge lava plateaus, and today a natural park is one of the most powerful volcanic massifs are not only on the Kamchatka Peninsula, but throughout the Russian Federation. The volcanic group consists of 13 volcanos and the park register at least two new eruptions per year, which lasts from several days to two or three months.
The card was sent by Alyona.

This beautiful Suzdal card was in my favorites. Thanks Rita. The card shows the Wooden Church of St. Nicholas and the Cathedral of the Nativity.
 St. Nicholas church was built in Glotovo in 1766 and was moved to Suzdal in 1960 to be part of a Museum of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life. This church is made out of all wood and represents the close relationship between wood and stone architecture and how precise the Russians were while building this back in 1766.
The Cathedral of the Nativity is a World Heritage Site. It is one of the eight White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal. One of the most complex monuments of Russian medieval architecture. It was built between 1222-1225. - in: wikipedia

Daire from Estonia sent me a card with the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn. This orthodox cathedral was built in a typical Russian Revival style between 1894 and 1900, during the period when the country was part of the Russian Empire. 
The cathedral was built during the period of late 19th century Russification and was so disliked by many Estonians as a symbol of oppression that the Estonian authorities scheduled the cathedral for demolition in 1924, but the decision was never implemented due to lack of funds and the building's massive construction. As the USSR was officially non-religious, many churches including this cathedral were left to decline. The church has been meticulously restored since Estonia regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. - in: wikipedia

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is situated on Dam Square in very the centre of Amsterdam. It was originally built as the city hall for the magistrates of Amsterdam. In the 17th century it was the largest secular building of Europe. Learn more about its history.
Today the Royal Palace on the Dam is one of the three Palaces, which the State has placed at the King's disposal by an Act of Parliament. It is used for Royal Events like reception of the foreign heads of state during their visits in The Netherlands, the King's New Year reception and other official receptions. Every year, it provides the setting for the presentation of various official and royal prizes. - in:
This last card was sent by Mendy.

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