Another UNESCO card that I almost missed. I thought it was just a great card showing inside of La Sainte Chapelle in Paris but when I googled it I find that it's included in the site 'Paris, Banks of the Seine' and there is a photo of the inside (like my postcard) on the UNESCO page. Wonderful card sent from Chleo.
Another UNESCO swap with Anaita from India and this time she sent me a card showing the Shore Temple which is part of the group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. She tells me that scores of people from all over India go to visit it every year because it is so holy.
I think this is a UNESCO card but I already have that site so it won't matter if I don't count it. It comes from Igor in St Petersburg and shows St Isaac's Catherdral which was built between 1818 - 1858 and is the largest orthodox basilica in the world.
Very nice MultiView showing various scenes from the town of Goslar. Dustin sent this to me from Germany as part of our UNESCO swap and this one covers 'Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System'.
One of my favourite movies is House of Flying Daggers and I just adore Takeshi Kaneshiro in it so I'm all over this card! Thanks go to Amanda in Singapore for sending it.
A marvelous card showing the Tsar Cannon which was built in 1586 and located in the Kremlin in Moscow. It is in the Guinness book of records as the largest caliber gun.
I hate to think of the noise that thing made when it went off!
This 'Girl in the Pearl Earring' card comes from Vic in the Netherlands. He tells me this spoof of a painting by Dutch artist Vermeer is used to tell people when you change your telephone number. Hence the phone in the picture. It says at the bottom of the postcard in tiny writing, 'Mun Nieuwe Telefoonnummer' which means 'My new telephone number' Dutch.
A lovely card from Ismene in Germany showing (if I've understood the message correctly) James Hospital in the middle of Nuremberg. What a lovely setting for a hospital, the people in the wards that have windows overlooking the river have lovely views.
I love anything to do with Yuri Gagarin and am thrilled when a postcard arrives with him on it. This great one comes from Svetlana in Russia but I don't know what she writes as it's all in Russian. Doesn't bother me though, I love everything about the card!
The printed description on the back says: 'Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. April 12, 1961.'
I don't always recognise a UNESCO postcard unless the sender tells me it's a WHS site or it has been a pre-arranged UNESCO swap so with all my viewcards I have to google any details from the back in case it's a site I'm missing. With this official Postcrossing card it worked in my favour and I now have 'Historic Center of Naples' to mark off in red on my UNESCO Collection list.
The sender (the name isn't clear, unfortunately) just says that it's a card of Naples and its castle by the sea. However, on the description it says 'Napoli - The Maschio Angioino. Aparently this is situated in the Historic center of Naples, Italy which is a UNESCO site so, Hurrah! New card for the collection and a very nice one too.
Anaita in India and I swapped a few cards for our UNESCO collections and this great one shows the Taj Mahal. I know it's seen as a symbol of eternal love but I didn't know the story behind it so I looked up the Wiki entry -
'The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.'
Stascie sent me this great night view card from Brussels. It shows the Atomium, this is used for exhibitions and has escalators running inside the tubes. It all looks very futuristic and reminds me of the movie 'Men in Black' for some reason.
Taken from Wiki:
'The Atomium is a building in Brussels originally constructed for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m tall.'