Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Monthly Fav. Surprise RR - January'17

I'm still joining this RR this year but I already missed February's, I didn't see on time that the RR was already open. No problem, I'll join the next months.
I've started the year getting cards from Lithuania, Ukraine, Spain, Taiwan and China. 

Author: Kestutis Kajatas
Raudondvaris Castle is a Gothic-Renaissance gentry residence, located in the eponymous town of Raudondvaris, Lithuania. 
First mentioned as a pagan keep by Teutonic chroniclers in 1392. When Samogitia was handed over to the Order, the Teutons built a small castle of Koenigsburg on this spot, housing 80 knights and 400 soldiers.
Between 1653 and 1664 Prince Janusz Radziwiłł ordered its reconstruction and refurbishment, which gave it its current form. 
After the November Uprising in 1831, the castle was devastated by the Russian army, however, it was rebuilt soon afterwards. The 1832-1855 renovation gave it the Gothic Revival shape, though some traces of earlier Renaissance and Gothic elements are still visible.
Between 1856 and 1860 the estate was slightly extended. 
Tyszkiewicz family held the property until World War I. The manor was known to house that family's extensive art collection including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, Caravaggio and Jan Matejko. After the war the manor was confiscated by Lithuanian authorities. The estate was divided onto individual plots, while the manor itself housed a school and then an orphanage.
The manor was badly damaged during World War II, but was rebuilt between 1962-1975. Currently it houses the Lithuanian Institute of Melioration, as well as a small museum devoted to both the Tyszkiewicz family and Lithuanian composer Juozas Naujalis born in the nearby village. - in: wikipedia
The card was sent by Vaida.

Yulia sent me a card from Kramatorsk, a city situated in the northern part of Donetsk region of Ukraine. It is an important railroad junction and one of the largest Ukrainian machine building centers.
This is the Palace of Culture and Technic of Novokramatorsky Mashinostroitelny Zavod.

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Yolanda from Spain, sent me a card from Santiago de Compostela with its world famous cathedral
For most pilgrims undertaking the Camino, the end of the journey is Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, (Saint James at Compostela). The cathedral lies at the heart of old Santiago – indeed, it forms the centre around which the medieval city took shape and grew into its present form. As the sacred monument housing the earthly remains of Saint James the Greater, the bringer of Christianity to Spain, its structure and embellishments express centuries of Christian faith, piety, and veneration. - in: http://www.caminoadventures.com/santiago-de-compostela/santiago-cathedral/

The Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, previously known as the Buddha Memorial Center, is a Mahayana Buddhist cultural, religious and educational museum located in Taiwan's Kaohsiung City, Dashu District. The museum is affiliated with Fo Guang Shan, one of Taiwan's largest Buddhist organizations. The museum purportedly houses one of the tooth relics of Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of the Buddhist faith. Construction of the museum began in 2008, and the museum was opened to the public in December 2011. -  in: wikipedia
Card sent by Ching-Ru.

The last card is from China and it was sent by B. R.
The Stone Forest or Shilin is a notable set of limestone formations about 500 km2 located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province.
The tall rocks seem to fall to the ground in the manner of stalagmites, with many looking like petrified trees thereby creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. 
Since 2007, two parts of the site, the Naigu Stone Forest and Suogeyi Village, have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites as part of the South China Karst. - in: wikipedia

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