Thursday, September 30, 2021


New UNESCO sites from India and by new I mean, not only new in my collection but also new on the WHS list as both sites were added this year. 
Both cars were sent by Prashanth. The stamps on both cards are also from UNESCO sites.

India Postcards - NAP Designs
Rudreshwara, popularly known as Ramappa Temple, is located in the village of Palampet approximately 200km north-east of Hyderabad, in the State of Telangana. It is the main Shiva temple in a walled complex built during the Kakatiyan period (1123–1323 CE) under rulers Rudradeva and Recharla Rudra. Construction of the sandstone temple began in 1213 CE and is believed to have continued over some 40 years. The building features decorated beams and pillars of carved granite and dolerite with a distinctive and pyramidal Vimana (horizontally stepped tower) made of lightweight porous bricks, so-called ‘floating bricks’, which reduced the weight of the roof structures. The temple’s sculptures of high artistic quality illustrate regional dance customs and Kakatiyan culture. Located at the foothills of a forested area and amidst agricultural fields, close to the shores of the Ramappa Cheruvu, a Kakatiya-built water reservoir, the choice of setting for the edifice followed the ideology and practice sanctioned in dharmic texts that temples are to be constructed to form an integral part of a natural setting, including hills, forests, springs, streams, lakes, catchment areas, and agricultural lands. - in:

India Postcards - NAP Designs
The ancient city of Dholavira, the southern centre of the Harappan Civilization, is sited on the arid island of Khadir in the State of Gujarat. Occupied between ca. 3000-1500 BCE, the archaeological site, one of the best preserved urban settlements from the period in Southeast Asia, comprises a fortified city and a cemetery. Two seasonal streams provided water, a scarce resource in the region, to the walled city which comprises a heavily fortified castle and ceremonial ground as well as streets and houses of different proportion quality which testify to a stratified social order. A sophisticated water management system demonstrates the ingenuity of the Dholavira people in their struggle to survive and thrive in a harsh environment. The site includes a large cemetery with cenotaphs of six types testifying to the Harappan’s unique view of death. Bead processing workshops and artifacts of various kinds such as copper, shell, stone, jewellery of semi-precious stones, terracotta, gold, ivory and other materials have been found during archaeological excavations of the site, exhibiting the culture’s artistic and technological achievements. Evidence for inter-regional trade with other Harappan cities, as well as with cities in the Mesopotamia region and the Oman peninsula have also been discovered. - in:

Monday, September 27, 2021


In February I've sent an official card to Serbia but it never made it there. It is expired and the user hasn't logged in in months. 
My official card didn't make it to Serbia but this official from Serbia made it to my mailbox. Yay. This is my 4th official from this country. 

Photo: D. Bosnic
RS-54892, sent by Jelena.
Even though the information on the back identifies this palace as the Old Palace, after some googling, I think this is actually the New Palace. 
The New Palace was built in 1911 on the site of an older palace of Knez Mihailo form the 19th century, according to the design of Stojan Titelbah. Since 1922 the palace was residence of king Aleksandar and queen Marija Karadjordjevic, before they moved to the new royal complex at Dedinje. The palace was first converted into a museum, until 1950 when it was used as a government building of the republic of Serbia, and later on as the presidential palace. The building has a high architectural and artistic value and is a protected monument of culture. - in:

DE-10836523 & DE-10832708

Officials from Chemnitz and St. Peter-Ording in Germany.

DE-10836523, sent by Sven and Sylvie.
It took sme time to figure out what this building was/is but I got there. Originally the 100-year-old brick structure with the octagonal water tower was the Haase dyeing plant.  Now is a comercial area. 

Photografie: Jenny Sturm/AdobeStock
DE-10832708, sent by Gerald.
The well-known pile dwellings can be seen at every bathing area on the beach of St. Peter-Ording. The tall stilt houses defy the North Sea seven meters above the beach. The pile dwellings are one of the landmarks of St. Peter-Ording on the Eiderstedt peninsula. This is where the swimming masters and lifeguards of the St. Peter-Ording Tourist Office, toilets and pile-dwellings restaurants are located. Protected from the storm surges of the North Sea, the 15 pile dwellings characterize the beach image of St. Peter-Ording. 
100 years ago the pile dwellings were called "poison booths". Back then, after swimming in the North Sea, there was a warm drink or something to snack on. Changing rooms and lifeguards were added over the decades.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Scrovegni Chapel - Italy

I'm not fond of this postcard design but Scrovegni Chapel was a UNESCO site missing in my collection and I'm happy to have it now. 
The card was sent by Isabella.

A few months ago the chapel was declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the 14th-century fresco cycles comprehending 8 historical buildings in Padua city centre. Specifically the Scrovegni Chapel contains the most important frescoes that marked the beginning of a revolution in mural painting and influenced fresco technique, style, and content for a whole century. - in: wikipedia

Gel Style by Patrizia

The Scrovegni Chapel, dedicated to St. Mary of the Charity, frescoed between 1303 and 1305 by Giotto, upon the commission of Enrico degli Scrovegni, is one of the most important masterpieces of Western art. The frescoes, which narrate events in the lives of the Virgin Mary and Christ, cover the entire walls. On the wall opposite the altar is the grandiose Universal Judgement, which concludes the story of human salvation.
The chapel was originally attached to the Scrovegni family palace, built after 1300, following the elliptical outline of the remains of the Roman arena.
The Chapel was acquired by the City of Padova in1880, and the vulnerable frescoes were subjected to several specialized restoration operations during the 19th and 20th centuries. - in

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Monthly Fav. Surprise RR - August '21

Cards from the Netherlands, Germany, Belarus and USA.
Jessica took some time to check my mills collection and sent me a new one from the Netherlands. 
Strijkmolen K is located in Rustenburg, in the province of North-Holland. It was built in 1627. Is not longer operating. 

In 2018 Marei sent me a different view of this church in Bavaria for the MFS RR - October. Same church, different season.

Two churches, one card from Vitsebsk, Tatyana's hometown. 
The white church is the Annunciation Church, one of the oldest buildings in Belarus. It was constructed in the 1140s as a pagan church, rebuilt in the 14th and 17th centuries as Roman Catholic Church, repaired in 1883 and destroyed by the Communist administration in 1961. The church was in ruins until 1992, when it was restored to its presumed original appearance. - in: wikipedia
On the left side there's the Alexander Nevsky Church. The beautiful wooden church was originally built in 1992 as a temporary temple. Years have passed and the church is no longer a temporary temple, is now one of the city's attractions. 

Photography: Laurence Parent
Marshall Point Lighthouse stands on a rocky point at the end of the St. George peninsula in Maine. The lighthouse aids navigation along the Gulf of Maine coast and marks the entrance to the mouth of the St. George River and the harbor located in the fishing village of Port Clyde.
The lighthouse property includes the light tower, accessible via a walkway, the lovingly restored 1880’s Keeper’s House, summer kitchen, recently reconstructed late 19th century barn and the original oil house.
Housed within the keeper’s house and summer kitchen is a museum featuring exhibits which highlight not only the history of the lighthouse but explore the industries and history of the peninsula. A well-stocked research room allows visitors to view photographs and documents pertaining to the area’s history.
The lighthouse has featured in many commercial photo shoots and in the movie Forest Gump featuring Tom Hanks, whose character concluded his cross-country run on the runway of Marshall Point Lighthouse. In the museum, visitors will find documentation on the filming of the movie. - in:
Card sent by Tracey. 

Friday, September 17, 2021


Cobourg is a town in the Canadian province of Ontario, located in Southern Ontario.

Photographs & production: Sheila M. McCoy
CA-1137104, sent by Sarah.
Known as the "gem of Lake Ontario" for its prime location on the lakeshore between Toronto and Kingston, and a notable waterfront. Cobourg is rich in heritage and history, this prosperous and attractive town features many architectural gems dating to the 19th century. You'll also find a spectacular sandy beach with a picturesque boardwalk and shady park, campgrounds, nature trails, and a world-class marina. - in:


Washington's majestic Cascade Mountain Range in the glow of a harvest moon.

Photo by Harry Ableman
US-7818717, sent by Kristine.
The Cascade Range or Cascades is a major mountain range of western North America, extending from southern British Columbia through Washington and Oregon to Northern California.
The Cascades are part of the Pacific Ocean's Ring of Fire, the ring of volcanoes and associated mountains around the Pacific Ocean. All of the eruptions in the contiguous United States over the last 200 years have been from Cascade volcanoes. - in: wikipedia

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Valongo Wharf - Brazil

Most of the WHS around the world fill us with pride and admiration but with some it is impossible not to feel shame, embarrassment and guilt. Those places remind us some dark periods of History. However we can't delete History but we can do our best so that those dark events won't happen again.
Valongo Wharf in Rio de Janeiro is certainly one of those places. This was the main port of entry for enslaved Africans in Brazil and the Americas. The site was classified as a World Heritage Site in 2017 and this card was still missing in my collection. I got it thanks to Sílvia.

Foto: António Carlos Correa

The wharf started being built in 1811 to facilitate the debarkation of enslaved Africans arriving in Brazil. It is estimated that up to 900,000 African captives entered the Americas via Valongo.
In physical terms the property consists of several archaeological layers. The lowest of these with floor pavings in foot de tomboy style represents the remains of the Valongo Wharf. Later, more dominant layers report to the Empress' Wharf, constructed in 1843. The property's characteristic is that it is a beach that was covered with extensive paving made of hewn stones of different sizes, forms and functions, with a ramp and steps leading down to the sea. It was built in an apparently simple process, not on a landfill, as it was customary, but directly on the sand of the beach, following its natural contours.
Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site is the globally most significant remains of a landing point of enslaved Africans in the Americas and therefore carries enormous historical as well as spiritual importance to African Americans. Valongo Wharf can therefore be seen as unique and exceptional both from a material point of view and with regard to the spiritual associations to which it is tangibly related. - in:

Thursday, September 9, 2021

St. Andrew Church - Kyiv

If my stay in kiev had been longer, I would definitely have visited this church and many others. 

Rare in its beauty and grace, the St. Andrew's Church, stands on a hill in the historic center of Kyiv. It is one of the most famous Orthodox temples in the Ukrainian capital. This amazing construction, rightfully considered to be a real work of art, is among the most remarkable of the city’s landmarks.

The St. Andrew's Church owes its origin to the Russian empress Elizabeth who, intending to have a summerhouse in Kyiv, ordered a temple to be built. It was erected in 1754, at the place, where, according to legend, St. Andrew the Apostle made a cross during his travels to the Scythian country.
Famous architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli designed this five-domed church with one cupola in baroque style. It is still called Rastelli’s 'swan song.’ The temple is in the form of a cross, and its edges are decorated with fancy ornamental towers.

 UA-324628, sent by Serhiy.
As any baroque object, the St. Andrew's Church is notable for its unusual elegance, luxurious decor, exquisite refinement, and airiness of form. But even more impressive is the church’s interior – suited for a luxurious palace – which was also designed by the great Rastrelli. Its key decoration is the original bright-red iconostasis, made of linden wood and covered with gold.
Today, the St. Andrew's Church is a working temple, and services are conducted here. It also houses a museum, whose collection tells the difficult history of this architectural masterpiece. - in:

Monday, September 6, 2021


 A card from Moscow sent as an official from Germany. No worries, I don't mind.

The Andronikov Monastery is one of several fortress-monasteries on the southeastern outskirts of Moscow
The monastery was founded in the 14th century by Metropolitan Alexei. He found himself on stormy seas on a journey back from Constantinople. Fearing for his life, he vowed that if he was saved, he would found a monastery upon his return to Moscow. God did his part, and so did Alexei.

DE-10839670, sent by Uta.
The monastery grounds boast Moscow's oldest stone structure, the Cathedral of the Savior (Spasskiy sobor), built in 1420-27. It stands on the site of the mass grave of Russian soldiers who fought in the important Battle of Kulikovo (1380), which eventually led to the end of Mongol rule in Russia. The triple apses and shape of the cathedral's dome reflect early medieval Vladimir architecture, while the pyramid of zakomary and kokoshniki reflect the early Moscow style. The original interiors were sadly lost in a fire in 1812, but fragments of the frescoes have been restored. Outside, the weathered stone facade is topped with a relief of the Savior. - in:

Saturday, September 4, 2021


Let me show you one one of the prettiest cards I've received these last months. I loved the contrast between the blue sky and yellow church and how the church is perfectly framed by the snowy trees. Great picture and card.

DE-10840232, sent by Doris.
The Schönenberg Church, also known as the pilgrimage church “To Our Lady”, is located on the 530 meter high Schönenberg near Ellwangen (Jagst) and is an important church building in the East Wuerttemberg region. - in