Saturday, November 18, 2017

PT RR - Group 78 * Churches

Tiago and Ninocas had no idea when they wrote these cards, but both sent me church cards from Algarve, and both cards are new to my collection. 

© al-garbdistri
Tiago sent a card from Quarteira with the Church of Our Lady of Conception. 
The original church of “Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception” was built after the earthquake of 1755. According to local tradition the statue of Our Lady was found in the nets of local fishermen. - inhttps://turismo.diocese-algarve.pt/faro/item/209-paroquia-de-quarteira

Foto © Art & Concept: Gustav A. Wittich
I'm not sure but I think this is my 1st card from Vila Real de Stº António. It depicts the Main Church. 
This sumptuous temple has one sole nave, five altars and it’s located on the main square. It was built on the 18th Century, having endured several fires and as many reconstructions. The inside features altarscreens on the “rocaille” style and a set of images from the 18th Century, from the sculptor Machado de Castro.
The cut-glass from the main chapel and baptistery were installed in the 1940’s, from the algarvian painter JoaquimRebocho. Through the sacristy is possible to access the tower, with its two bells and the clock and from there, see the city’s landscape. - in: http://www.cm-vrsa.pt/pt/menu/673/mother-church-of-n-senhora-da-encarnacao.aspx

US-4893687 & US-4966808

I've been getting a lot of lighthouse cards as officials. These two are from the USA. 

Photo by Ellen Penrod
US-4893687, sent by Joanne.
The Holland Harbor Light, known as Big Red, is located in Ottawa County, Michigan at the entrance of a channel connecting Lake Michigan with Lake Macatawa, and which gives access to the city of Holland, Michigan.
The lighthouse is on the south side of the channel.
The first lighthouse built at this location was a small, square wooden structure erected in 1872. In 1880 the lighthouse service installed a new light atop a metal pole in a protective cage. The oil lantern was lowered by pulleys for service. At the turn of the century, a steel tower was built for the light and in 1907 the present structure was erected. Named the Holland Harbor South Pierhead Lighthouse, it has a gabled roof that reflects the Dutch influence in the area. The lighthouse, popularly referred to as "Big Red," was automated in 1932. When the U. S. Coast Guard recommended that it be abandoned in 1970, citizens circulated petitions to rescue it. The Holland Harbor Lighthouse Historical Commission was then organized to preserve and restore this landmark. - in: wikipedia

US-4866808, sent by Sean.
The Point Reyes Headlands just 10 miles (16 km) out to sea and pose a threat to ships traveling between San Francisco Bay and locations to the north. The historic Point Reyes Lighthouse was built in 1870 to warn mariners of this navigational hazard and served for 105 years. The Point Reyes Lighthouse was retired from service in 1975 when the U.S. Coast Guard installed an automated light adjacent and below the historic tower. The Coast Guard then transferred ownership of the lighthouse to the National Park Service, which has taken on the job of preserving this fine specimen of our maritime heritage. - in: https://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/lighthouse.htm

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cultural Center of São Paulo

Postcrossers in São Paulo really enjoy meetings, last month they had another one. Who sent this postcard? Luzia, of course. It was also signed by 11 other postcrossers.
I've been to São Paulo last year and I've been to this building, an historical post office now a cultural center. 

Foto: Sérgio Sakall
This historical building occupies a large terrain in Vale do Anhangabaú, heart of the city old center. Its construction has begun in 1919 and the inauguration took place three years later. 
During the 80s, the building could not hold all regional mail services. The solution found was the construction of a new seat to the Regional Direction, in Vila Leopoldina. At the time, in the historical building, some administrative, operational and public service sectors were operating. In the beginning of 21st century, Correios have begun the building restoration process. Now, the building holds São Paulo Central Agency – the largest in Brazil – and  Philatelic Agency Dom Pedro II, besides Centro Cultural Correios.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Perino Moreno Glacier - Argentina

In January of 2013 Jusseli visited Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and she sent one of these Perito Moreno Glacier cards from there. The other card was sent by the same person who sent me one of the Iguazu Falls cards in the previous post. 

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The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentinian Patagonia. 
The 250 km2 (97 sq mi) ice formation, and 30 km (19 mi) in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. This ice field is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water.

The Perito Moreno Glacier, located 78 kilometres (48 mi) from El Calafate, was named after the explorer Francisco Moreno, a pioneer who studied the region in the 19th century and played a major role in defending the territory of Argentina in the conflict surrounding the international border dispute with Chile. - in: wikipedia

Monday, November 13, 2017

Iguazu Falls - Argentina

Last month Luzia went to Argentina to talk about Postcrossing. He talked about Postcrossing and met two local postcrossers with whom he had the 1st Postcrossing meeting in Argentina. What do you do in a meeting of these besides talking about postcards ?? Send postcards. So did Luzia. Shee sent the postcard with Devil's Throat where you can also see an image of the ruins of the Jesuit Mission of San Ignacio, one of Argentina's UNESCO sites.
I can not remember who sent the first postcard.

The Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. They are the largest waterfalls system in the world. 
The Iguazu River rises near the city of Curitiba, in Brazil. For most of its course, the river flows through Brazil; however, most of the falls are on the Argentine side. 
The falls are shared by the Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil). The two parks were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1987, respectively.

Foto: Alberto Patrian © 2007 Argentina
The border between Brazil and Argentina runs through the Devil's Throat (spanish: Garganta del Diablo). On the right bank is the Brazilian territory, which has just over 20% of the jumps of these falls, and the left side jumps are Argentine, which make up almost 80% of the falls. - in: wikipedia

Sinharaja Forest Reserve - Sri Lanka

Here it is the second card from Sri Lanka sent by Nimasha. 
These are some of the waterfalls in Sinharaja Forest Reserve. This forest reserve is on the UNESCO WHS list since 1988. 

Concept & photographer: Pradeep Pathmaperuma
Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the country's last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/405

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Horton Plains - Sri Lanka

I finally can say that I've all the UNESCO sites from Sri Lanka. Thanks to Nimasha, I've got cards from the last 2 sites I was still missing. 
Horton Plains is one of the three protected areas classified as World Heritage Site in 2010, under the name of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. 

Horton Plains in Sri Lanka, is the coldest and windiest location in the country. It consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island.

Photo: Rohitha Gunawardena
Horton Plains, its surroundings, forests and the adjoining Peak Wilderness constitute Sri Lanka’s most important catchment area of almost all major rivers. The plains are also of outstanding scenic beauty and conservation importance, containing most of the habitats and endemic plants and animals representative of the country’s wet and Montane zones. The western slopes support the most extensive area of Montane cloud forest surviving in the island. Horton Plains is not merely a destination for nature tourists. Since the rich biodiversity of Horton Plains is still grossly underexplored, it affords invaluable opportunities to those engaged on educational and research activities. - in: https://lanka.com/about/attractions/horton-plains/

Preah Vihear Temple - Cambodia

Another temple and another UNESCO site, a new one is this case. Preah Vihear Temple in Cambodia was added to the WHS list in 2008. 
The card was sent from the Philippines by Harry. 

Situated on the edge of a plateau that dominates the plain of Cambodia, the Temple of Preah Vihear is dedicated to Shiva. The Temple is composed of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases over an 800 metre long axis and dates back to the first half of the 11th century AD. Nevertheless, its complex history can be traced to the 9th century, when the hermitage was founded. This site is particularly well preserved, mainly due to its remote location. The site is exceptional for the quality of its architecture, which is adapted to the natural environment and the religious function of the temple, as well as for the exceptional quality of its carved stone ornamentation. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1224

Seiganto-ji Temple - Japan

I've been tagging quite often on favorites tags and in the last weeks I've received some wonderful cards. One of my favs has to be this one from Japan sent by Yukiko. I love it ❤ 

Seiganto-ji (青岸渡寺), Temple of the Blue Waves, is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. In 2004, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other locations, under the name "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range". 
According to a legend, it was founded by the priest Ragyō Shōnin, a monk from India. The temple was purposely built near Nachi Falls, where it may have previously been a site of nature worship. Seiganto-ji is part of the Kumano Sanzan shrine complex, and as such can be considered one of the few jingū-ji (shrine temples) still in existence after the forcible separation of Shinto and Buddhism operated by the Japanese government during the Meiji restoration. - in: wikipedia

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Kizkalesi Castle - Turkey

I absolutely love this card. It was in my favorites for so long, I'm glad I finally got it. Teşekkür ederim Helen.

Kizkalesi means Maiden’s Castle which is a romantic name for the crusader Castle situated on a small island in Mersin Province of Turkey. The total area of the island is about 15,000 square metres (160,000 sq ft) and the castle covers most of this area. 

The fortress on the sea was built in 1104 by the Byzantine admiral Eustathious. It is about 200 yards away from the shore and was initially connected to the mainland by a land bridge. Here, you can find watch towers on its walls, a reservoir and in the courtyard you will see a Byzantine basilica. The castle of Kizkalesi has an interesting tale just like most of the castles here in Turkey. 
The tale of the castle started when a fortune teller told the king of Korykos that his only and most loved daughter would be killed through a bite of a snake. The king decided to built his castle in the sea and let his daughter live in the castle in order to prevent the dreadful fate of his daughter. But unfortunately even the king can’t change what is destined to happen. A snake was brought into the island through a basket filled with fruits bit his daughter and died. - in: http://www.bigloveturkey.com/pages/kizkalesi.asp

Friday, November 3, 2017

St. Mark's Church, Zagreb

I've been to Zagreb but I didn't get to see this church ☹ I'm pretty sure I'll visit Zagreb again and then, I'll definitely see St. Mark's Church. The card was sent by Antonella.

This 13th-century church is one of Zagreb’s most emblematic buildings. Its colourful tiled roof, constructed in 1880, has the medieval coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia on the left side, and the emblem of Zagreb on the right. - https://www.lonelyplanet.com/croatia/zagreb/attractions/st-marks-church/a/poi-sig/425175/358800

From the Romanesque period, in the 13th century, when it was originally built, only a window in the south wall and the bell-tower foundation are preserved. Gothic arches and the shrine were built in the second half of the 14th century, when the church got its most valuable part - luxurious Gorhic south portal. In terms of figures it contains, that Gothic portal is one of the most beautiful one in Croatia. It was made in the Parler workshop, one of the most famous medieval sculpting workshops. The north - western wall contains the oldest known coat - of - arms of Zagreb from 1499.
The church was thoroughly reconstructed in the second half of the 19th century, based on the designs of Viennese architects Friedrich Schmidt and Hermann Bolle. It underwent another reconstruction in the first half of the 20th century. At that time, renowned painter Jozo Kljakovic (1888 - 1969) painted its walls, while the altar was decorated with works of famous sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. - in: http://www.infozagreb.hr/explore-zagreb/attractions/architectural-monuments/st-marks-church

Brown Bear

The Fauna of Belarus collection is so beautiful. This week I've got this brown bear card sent by Tanya. 

The awe-inspiring brown bear lives in the forests and mountains of northern North America, Europe, and Asia. It is the most widely distributed bear in the world.

These omnivorous giants tend to be solitary animals, except for females and their cubs, but at times they do congregate. Dramatic gatherings can be seen at prime Alaskan fishing spots when the salmon swim upstream for summer spawning. In this season dozens of bears may gather to feast on the fish, craving fats that will sustain them through the long winter ahead. In fall a brown bear may eat as much as 90 pounds of food each day, and it may weigh twice as much before hibernation as it will in spring.
Brown bears dig dens for winter hibernation, often holing up in a suitable hillside. Females, or she-bears, den while pregnant and give birth during this winter rest, usually to a pair of cubs. Brown bear cubs nurse on their mother's milk until spring and stay with her for some two and a half years—so females only reproduce once every three years.
Adult brown bears are powerful, top-of-the-food chain predators, but much of their diet consists of nuts, berries, fruit, leaves, and roots. Bears also eat other animals, from rodents to moose.
Despite their enormous size, brown bears are extremely fast, having been clocked at speeds of 30 miles per hour. They can be dangerous to humans, particularly if surprised or if a person gets between a mother bear and her cubs. - in: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/b/brown-bear/

LT-580238

When I first saw this card I thought it was from Kaunas but it actually is from Jonava. 

LT-580238, sent by Ieva. 
Jonava is the ninth largest city in Lithuania with a population of ca 30,000. It is located in Kaunas County in central Lithuania, 30 km (19 mi) north east of Kaunas. 
The bridge on the card crosses river Neris. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Landscapes of Dauria - Russia

Landscapes of Dauria is the other russian site added to the WHS list. This site, shared by Russia and Mongolia is one of the habitats of  the near-threatened Pallas Cat. 

Shared between Mongolia and the Russian Federation, this site is an outstanding example of the Daurian Steppe eco-region, which extends from eastern Mongolia into Russian Siberia and northeastern China. Cyclical climate changes, with distinct dry and wet periods lead to a wide diversity of species and ecosystems of global significance. The different types of steppe represented, such as grassland and forest, as well as lakes and wetlands serve as habitats for rare species of fauna (...). - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1448

Assumption Cathedral in Sviyazhsk - Russia

This year Russia added two sites to the UNESCO WHS list. One of them was the Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of Sviyazhsk. Thanks to Vera it wasn't difficult to get cards from both sites.

The Assumption Cathedral is located in the town-island of Sviyazhsk and is part of the monastery of the same name. Situated at the confluence of the Volga, the Sviyaga and the Shchuka rivers, at the crossroads of the Silk and Volga routes, Sviyazhsk was founded by Ivan the Terrible in 1551. It was from this outpost that he initiated the conquest of the Kazan Khanate. The Assumption Monastery illustrates in its location and architectural composition the political and missionary programme developed by Tsar Ivan IV to extend the Moscow state. The cathedral’s frescoes are among the rarest examples of Eastern Orthodox mural paintings. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1525

Ferapontov Monastery - Russia

Beautiful cards of the Ferapontov Monastery in Russia, sent by Natalia, Vera and Alyona. 
The Ensemble of the Ferapontov Monastery is a UNESCO WHS since 2000. 

The Ensemble of Ferrapontov Monastery is situated in the Vologda region, in the north-western part of the Russian Federation on a small hill, between Borodaevskoe and Paskoe lakes, 120 km northwest of the city of Vologda.

The Moscow monk Ferrapont founded the monastery in 1398. The Ensemble of the Monastery was formed in the 15th-17th centuries. The core of the Ensemble is the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin (1490), which is especially remarkable among the six surviving buildings of the Monastery. The others are the Church of the Annunciation, with a refectory chamber, the Treasury Chamber, the St. Martinian Church, the Churches of Epiphany and St. Pherapont above the Holy Gate, and the Bell Tower. In the 19th century the monastery territory was enclosed with a stone fence.
The history of Ferrapontov Monastery was linked with important events at some crucial points during the conformation of the centralized Russian state, such as the approval authority of the first "Emperor of All Russia" Ivan III, the reign of the first Russian tsar Ivan IV and the exile of Patriarch Nikon. In the 15th-16th centuries, Ferrapontov Monastery became a major cultural and ideological centre of the region, and was one of the main monasteries that considerably influenced the policy of Muscovy.

The architecture of the monastery, a remarkable example of the Rostov architectural style, is outstanding in its inventiveness and purity. The buildings of the monastery retained all the characteristic features and interior decoration. The Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery is also a vivid example of the harmonious unity with the natural surrounding landscape that has changed little from the 17th century, emphasizing the unique spiritual system of northern monks, while at the same time revealing features of economic structure of northern peasantry.

The murals of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin have a special significance for Russian culture and other cultures worldwide. The murals of the Cathedral are the only paintings of the greatest Russian master Dionisy the Wise, which have been entirely preserved to this day in their original form. The Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery, with the most valuable and completely preserved frescos of Dionisy, is a unique example of the integrity and unity of the Russian style of the northern monastery ensemble of the 15th-17th centuries. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/982

Sunday, October 29, 2017

FI-3073686

There was a time when most of the officials cards in my mailbox were from Finland, now I hardly get cards, officials I mean, from there. 

FI-3073686, sent by Pasi. 
The church in Lappi was completed in 1760, and it is one of the oldest wooden churches in the region. The church seats approximately 650 people. The bell tower was originally built next to the stone wall of the cemetery, but was moved to the hill in the early 19th century. Lappi is located approximately 20 km from the centre of Rauma. - in: https://www.visitrauma.fi/en/spotcards/lappi-church/

Saturday, October 28, 2017

House of Nobility - Finland

Anna-Maria is one of my newest penpals. We met via postcrossing and that means she also likes cards. A few days ago she has been to a meeting in Helsinki with 5 other postcrossers and of course, they signed cards. 

Photographed & published by Pentti Harala Ky, Espoo
From the 12th century until their independence in 1917, Finland was the physical and political battlefield between Sweden and Russia. During this period, Finnish nobility evolved among wealthy landowners who received special privileges, tax relief and titles in exchange for supplying soldiers to the ruler’s cavalry. These noblemen, their families and heirs were registered in the Finnish House of Nobility. Since 1862, this Ritarihuone has been their assembly hall and offices. The neo-gothic building was designed by Georg Theodor Chiewitz. - in: https://www.encirclephotos.com/image/house-of-nobility-in-helsinki-finland/

Danguaire Castle - Ireland

Ireland has many, many castles to visit, so far I've only visited two. Zé Pombal has been to the green island not so long ago. I'm sure he visited a few cards and bought dozens of cards. He tagged me a few weeks ago and sent me this beautiful Dunguaire Castle card, which was one of my favs. 

Photography: Peter Zöeller
Dunguaire Castle has the most picturesque location at the shores of Galway Bay near Kinvara in County Galway. The castle comprises of a 75 foot tower and defensive wall against a stunning backdrop making this castle – the most photographed castle in Ireland!
Dunguaire Castle was built in 1520 by the Hynes Clan who were a prominent family in the area since 662. In the 17th century the castle was passed onto the Martyn clan of Galway who remained in the stonghold until 1924. It was Oliver St. John Gogarty, a well known surgeon and writer who bought and restored the castle and made it a meeting place for literary greats like George Bernard Shaw, Lady Gregory, J.M Synge and W.B. Yeats.
The castle is now in the hands of Shannon Development and is a popular tourist attraction in Galway. - in: https://www.galwaytourism.ie/pDunguaire-Castle.html

Chilehaus - Germany

This card was a total surprise. It was sent by Nicole on behalf of Luzia. Thanks girls!!
In 2015 this building, the Chilehaus, together with Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District in Hamburg, became part of the UNESCO WHS list. 

© Karten vom Künstler René Menges
The Chilehaus was constructed from 4.8 million bricks and serves as an example of the Brick Expressionism of the 1920s, inspired by Brick Gothic and Expressionism.
The Chilehaus building was designed by the architect Fritz Höger and built between 1922 and 1924. It was commissioned by the shipping magnate Henry B. Sloman, who made his fortune trading saltpeter from Chile, hence the name Chile House. 
The ten-storey office building is one of the historic architectural monuments of Hamburg. Due to its distinctive architecture with its lean, unconventional structure - its top evoking the bow of a ship - it is an attraction known well beyond the boundaries of Hamburg. It is considered a representative example of the revival of north German brick construction. - in: http://www.hamburg-travel.com/attractions/historic-hamburg/chilehaus/

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wadden Sea - Germany

The Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. In Germany this UNESCO site covers three Wadden Sea National Parks:
 - Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park, comprising the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein and the North Frisian Islands; 
 - Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park, extending from the mouth of the Elbe to the tiny islands of Neuwerk and Scharhörn, part of Hamburg;  
- Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park, comprising the northern coast of Lower Saxony and including the East Frisian Islands.

© Schöning GmbH & Co. KG
DE-6366764, sent by Silke.
It is a large, temperate, relatively flat coastal wetland environment, formed by the intricate interactions between physical and biological factors that have given rise to a multitude of transitional habitats with tidal channels, sandy shoals, sea-grass meadows, mussel beds, sandbars, mudflats, salt marshes, estuaries, beaches and dunes. 

The area is home to numerous plant and animal species, including marine mammals such as the harbour seal, grey seal and harbour porpoise.
Card sent by Simone.

DE-699741, sent by Udo.
Wadden Sea is one of the last remaining large-scale, intertidal ecosystems where natural processes continue to function largely undisturbed. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1314