Sunday, August 30, 2020

POLAND - Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica

"The Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica, the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe, were built in the former Silesia in the mid-17th century, amid the religious strife that followed the Peace of Westphalia. Constrained by the physical and political conditions, the Churches of Peace bear testimony to the quest for religious freedom and are a rare expression of Lutheran ideology in an idiom generally associated with the Catholic Church." -

Postcard 1
As always, thank you so much for sending me great cards
such as this, Boguslaw!

Postcard 2
Thank you so much for sharing with me this postcard, Krystyna!
It arrived too long because of the COVID-19 pandemic --- plenty of lockdowns.
Please comment below what is your postcard preference
so I can send back in return...

Thursday, August 27, 2020

POLAND / UKRAINE - Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine

"Situated in the eastern fringe of Central Europe, the transnational property numbers a selection of sixteen tserkvas (churches). They were built of horizontal wooden logs between the 16th and 19th centuries by communities of Orthodox and Greek Catholic faiths. The tserkvas bear testimony to a distinct building tradition rooted in Orthodox ecclesiastic design interwoven with elements of local tradition, and symbolic references to their communities’ cosmogony.  The tserkvaare built on a tri-partite plan surmounted by open quadrilateral or octagonal domes and cupolas. Integral to tserkvas are iconostasis screens, interior polychrome decorations, and other historic furnishings. Important elements of some tserkvas include wooden bell towers, churchyards, gatehouses and graveyards." -

Postcard 1: From Poland - St. Michael the Archangel Tserkva, Turzańsk
Thank you so much Kasia for completing my UNESCO cards from your country!
But I still have to look for other Churches included in this list . ^-^

Postcard 2: From Poland - St. Michael the Archangel Tserkva, Smolnik
Thank you so much Marysia for this beautiful postcard!
Thank you too for using nice stamps!

Postcard 3: From Poland - Tserkva of St. Paraskevia, Kwiatoń

Postcard 4: From Poland - Virgin Mary's Care Tserkva, Owczary

For postcards 3 and 4, thank you so much to Krystyna!
Please message me whether you received postcards from me too.
So I can send if you did not receive anything from me.
I am still looking for my notes on swaps.
We re-arranged things during this pandemic period.
Thank you so much!

Postcard 5: From Ukraine - Holy Trinity Church, Zhovkva
Really really nice postcard!
Thank you so much, Kseniya for completing my UNESCO WHS postcards from Ukraine!
But I will still look for other Churches included in the list!

Postcard 6: From Ukraine - The Church of the Nativity of B.V. Mary, Nyzhniy Verbizh
Really really thankful for this postcard, Sasha!
And thanks for sharing with me a strange belief among the children in your country!
It's kind of weird and funny at the same time!
Your story made me smile! ^-^
Special thanks for the wonderful stamps!!!

Postcard 7: From Ukraine - Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Potelych
Thank you so much Alona for adding this postcard in my collection!
Such amazing that these wooden tserkvas are still up these days...

From Poland
  • Tserkva of St. Michael the Archangel, Brunary
  • Tserkva of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chotyniec
  • Tserkva of St. Paraskevia, Kwiatoń
  • Virgin Mary's Care Tserkva, Owczary
  • St. James the Less Tserkva, Powroźnik
  • Tserkva of St. Paraskevia, Radruż
  • St. Michael the Archangel Tserkva, Smolnik
  • St. Michael the Archangel Tserkva, Turzańsk

    From Ukraine

    • Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Potelych
    • Holy Trinity Church, Zhovkva
    • St. George's Church, Drohobych
    • St. Dmytro's Church, Matkiv
    • Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Rohatyn
    • The Church of the Nativity of B.V.M., Nyzhniy Verbizh
    • The Church of St. Archangel Mykhailo, Uzhok
    • The Church of Ascension of Our Lord, Yasynia

Friday, January 10, 2020

ITALY - Venice and its Lagoon

"Founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much for this card, Elena...

Postcard 2
Thank you so much Elena for this card!
I wish to visit Venice one day... =)

Postcard 3
Thank you so much for this card Lamberto!

Postcard 4

Thank you so much Zuzana for remembering me during your trip to Venice, Italy!
I'm sure you had a wonderful time there!

Postcard 5
Thank you so much Edo for sharing with me this postcard!
You are one lucky guy to be residing near this place! =)

Postcard 6
Thanks much for this colorful postcard, David!
It brightens up my day!
The stamp wasn't postmarked though..

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

ITALY - Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena

"The magnificent 12th-century cathedral at Modena, the work of two great artists (Lanfranco and Wiligelmus), is a supreme example of early Romanesque art. With its piazza and soaring tower, it testifies to the faith of its builders and the power of the Canossa dynasty who commissioned it." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much Chiara for this surprise postcard!
I so much appreciate your thoughtfulness. ^-^

Postcard 2
Thank you so much Jean Pierre for this UNESCO postcard!
A great addition in my collection!
Nice postmark indeed!

HAITI - National History Park – Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers

"These Haitian monuments date from the beginning of the 19th century, when Haiti proclaimed its independence. The Palace of Sans Souci, the buildings at Ramiers and, in particular, the Citadel serve as universal symbols of liberty, being the first monuments to be constructed by black slaves who had gained their freedom." -

With heartfelt thanks to Jean Pierre for sharing this wonderful postcard to me,
issued at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France!

ARGENTINA / BRAZIL - Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil)

"The ruins of São Miguel das Missões in Brazil, and those of San Ignacio Miní, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa María la Mayor in Argentina, lie at the heart of a tropical forest. They are the impressive remains of five Jesuit missions, built in the land of the Guaranis during the 17th and 18th centuries. Each is characterized by a specific layout and a different state of conservation." -

Thank you so much, Jean Pierre for this UNESCO postcard
with stamp issued in France!
I must be very interesting to visit the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. ^-^
(UNESCO has issued its own stamp since 1961---which can be used in mails posted from UNESCO Headquarters or Maison de l'UNESCO at 
Number 7 Place de Fontenoy in Paris, France)

ARGENTINA - Iguazu National Park

"The semicircular waterfall at the heart of this site is some 80 m high and 2,700 m in diameter and is situated on a basaltic line spanning the border between Argentina and Brazil. Made up of many cascades producing vast sprays of water, it is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The surrounding subtropical rainforest has over 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to the typical wildlife of the region: tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans." -
Postcard 1
Thank you so much Florencia for this wonderful viewcard of the Iguazu! Amazing!
And you made me so much happy with the tennis ball stamp!
I am an avid tennis fan! Thank you, thank you! =)

Postcard 2
Thanks much Gaby for this multi-view card of Iguazu National Park!
Great stamps used too... =)

Postcard 3
"Chosen as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, 
there are approximately 257 individual falls here.
It is home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna,
among them the giant otter and the giant anteater.
Thank you so much Julio for this wonderful postcard!