Sunday, October 7, 2018

PT RR - Group 112 * Surprise August

This is a portuguese RR but none of these cards is from a portuguese speaking country. Only 3 cards in August, the 4th got lost in the mail. 

I've been to Leuven, I've seen this church and have quite a few cards of it, St. Peter's Church is probably the belgian church from which I have more postcards. This one was sent by Ana.
St. Peter's Church (1425–1500) was finished by Jan Keldermans and Matheus de Layens. During the Second World War, the church was damaged. During the restoration, a Romanesque crypt from the 11th century was found. In the church itself, there are several paintings from the 15th to 18th centuries (among which, Dirk Bouts' famous painting of the last supper) and the grave of Duke Henry I of Brabant. The 50-metre-high tower — which was meant to be 169 metres high, but was never completed — is home to a carillon. The tower was included in UNESCO's list of Belfries of Belgium and France in 1999. - in: wikipedia

Photo: Pierre Jacques
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, more commonly known as Chamonix, is a commune in the Haute-Savoie département in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Chamonix has been a world-renowned ski resort ever since the Winter Olympics of 1924 were held here.
In the shadow of Mont Blanc's majestic snowcapped peak, the traditional alpine village of Chamonix, is a quaint little town filled with historic churches and charming auberges (inns).  
Card sent by Joana.

It is impossible to go to the Netherlands and not see mills, they are everywhere, they are part of the landscape of the country and are a symbol of the struggle of the Dutch against the water. There's no identification of the mills on this card Paulo sent me but here we've a small list of the  most famous windmills of the country. 
* Kinderdijk is the most famous group of polder mills and is World Heritage listed. This UNESCO site with nineteen mills gives you a great impression of how floods were prevented. Besides being home to this creative form of water management, Kinderdijk is  a wonderful, picturesque area.
* The mills of Schiedam are the five largest windmills in the world. These gigantic windmills, some over 40 meters high, played an important role in the production of jenever (Dutch gin). Instead of reclaiming land, these smock mills (a type of industrial mill) were used grind grain.
* Museum Mill Schermerhorn is located in the reclaimed Schermer polder. The museum mill is one of eleven remaining mills that pumped the water out of Schermeer lake four centuries ago. You will experience the power of the wind in this beautiful polder landscape, discovering how this ingenious mill system worked.
* Last but not least, you should visit Zaanse Schans. Some 250 years ago, well over 600 mills formed the first industrial site in the world. They performed a wide range of industrial duties, such as producing shelves, paint, mustard, oil and paper. Today it’s an open-air conservation area and museum, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. - in:

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