In December I´ve only sent 4 cards. The received cards arrived from Japan, Finland and Russia.
Tomoko got to send me another card and she sent a card from an UNESCO site. The island was formally approved as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2015, as part of Japan's Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining.
Gunkanjima is a small island located about 20 kilometers from Nagasaki Port. Until 1974, the island served as a coal mine, and more than 5000 residents called the 480 meter long, 150 meter wide island home, resulting in the highest population density in history recorded worldwide.
To accommodate so many people in such a small area, every piece of land was built up so that the island came to resemble a massive battleship. In fact, "Gunkanjima" is a nickname that means "battleship island" in Japanese. The island's formal name is Hashima.
Managers, workers and their families all called the little island home. The residents of the island were able to live out a more or less typical life. Half of the island was devoted to the workings of the mine, the other to residential space, schools, restaurants, shops, a public bath and a hospital.
In April 1974, the mine was closed, and its residents had to leave Gunkanjima, abandoning the island with all its buildings. Over the years since then, direct exposure to typhoons has caused the residences and mining facilities to deteriorate, giving the island an eerie and haunting atmosphere. Due to the danger of collapsing structures, Gunkanjima was closed to the public, and for many years could only be seen from sightseeing cruises that circled the island. - in: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4414.html
Tankar lighthouse is located on Tankar, an island situated 15 km north-west of Kokkola harbour. The lighthouse was built in 1889 and is still in use today.
The card was sent by Eve.
Another card from an UNESCO site, this one from Russia and sent by Vera.
The Putorana Plateau is a seemingly boundless basalt plateau, untouched by human activity. It is thought to have arisen 10–12 million years ago as a result of a strong earthquake that affected the greater part of the Eurasian continent and gave rise to big islands in the Barents and Kara Seas. - in: http://www.greenpeace.org/russia/en/campaigns/world-natural-heritage/putorana-plateau-2/
In July 2010, the Putorana Reserve was inscribed on the World Heritage List as "a complete set of subarctic and arctic ecosystems in an isolated mountain range, including pristine taiga, forest tundra, tundra and arctic desert systems, as well as untouched cold-water lake and river systems". - in: wikipedia
This a nice card but I already had it, no problem though, the other one was unwritten. This is the Kubovataya Ascension Church located in the Malye Korely" Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture. The church was built in 1669 and the bell tower in 1854; it was transferred from the Kushereka village.
The card was sent by Tanya from Belarus.