Wednesday, November 13, 2019

PORTUGAL - Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga

"Located on the slopes of Mount Espinho, overlooking the city of Braga in the north of Portugal, this cultural landscape evokes Christian Jerusalem, recreating a sacred mount crowned with a church. The sanctuary was developed over a period of more than 600 years, primarily in a Baroque style, and illustrates a European tradition of creating Sacri Monti (sacred mountains), promoted by the Catholic Church at the Council of Trent in the 16th century, in reaction to the Protestant Reformation. The Bom Jesus ensemble is centred on a Via Crucis that leads up the western slope of the mount. It includes a series of chapels that house sculptures evoking the Passion of Christ, as well as fountains, allegorical sculptures and formal gardens. The Via Crucis culminates at the church, which was built between 1784 and 1811. The granite buildings have whitewashed plaster façades, framed by exposed stonework. The celebrated Stairway of the Five Senses, with its walls, steps, fountains, statues and other ornamental elements, is the most emblematic Baroque work within the property." -

Thank you so much Ana Rita for completing my UNESCO postcards
collection from your country!
I like the stamps you used too!

PORTUGAL - Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada)

"Located 30 km northwest of Lisbon, the property was conceived by King João V in 1711 as a tangible representation of his conception of the monarchy and the State. This imposing quadrangular building houses the king’s and queen's palaces, the royal chapel, shaped like a Roman baroque basilica, a Franciscan monastery and a library containing 36,000 volumes. The complex is completed by the Cerco garden, with its geometric layout, and the royal hunting park (Tapada). The Royal Mafra Building is one of the most remarkable works undertaken by King João V, which illustrates the power and reach of the Portuguese Empire. João V adopted Roman and Italian baroque architectural and artistic models and commissioned works of art that make Mafra an exceptional example of Italian Baroque." -

Thank you so much Ana Rita for this wonderful postcard!
I really wish to visit Portugal one day and visit the Fatima Shrine...

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

POLAND - Historic Centre of Warsaw

"During the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, more than 85% of Warsaw's historic centre was destroyed by Nazi troops. After the war, a five-year reconstruction campaign by its citizens resulted in today's meticulous restoration of the Old Town, with its churches, palaces and market-place. It is an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century." -

Postcard 1
For Sylwia, the most beautiful place in Poland is The Royal Castle.
Thank you so much, Sylwia for this great card!

Postcard 2
Thank you so much Magdie for sending me a UNESCO card for our RR!
I like the cute stamps too! 
I wish to see a cherry tree one day... And maybe try cherry picking? ^-^

Postcard 3
Thank you so much Jean Pierre of France for this token during your trip to Poland!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

UNITED KINGDOM - Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal

"Situated in north-eastern Wales, the 18 kilometre long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is a feat of civil engineering of the Industrial Revolution, completed in the early years of the 19th century. Covering a difficult geographical setting, the building of the canal required substantial, bold civil engineering solutions, especially as it was built without using locks. The aqueduct is a pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture, conceived by the celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford. The use of both cast and wrought iron in the aqueduct enabled the construction of arches that were light and d strong, producing an overall effect that is both monumental and elegant. The property is inscribed as a masterpiece of creative genius, and as a remarkable synthesis of expertise already acquired in Europe. It is also recognized as an innovative ensemble that inspired many projects all over the world." -

Great postcard with great stamps!
Thank you so much for sharing this with me, Anu!

LATVIA - Historic Centre of Riga

"Riga was a major centre of the Hanseatic League, deriving its prosperity in the 13th–15th centuries from the trade with central and eastern Europe. The urban fabric of its medieval centre reflects this prosperity, though most of the earliest buildings were destroyed by fire or war. Riga became an important economic centre in the 19th century, when the suburbs surrounding the medieval town were laid out, first with imposing wooden buildings in neoclassical style and then in Jugendstil. It is generally recognized that Riga has the finest collection of art nouveau buildings in Europe." -

Postcard 1 : Single View
Thank you so much Anastasia for sharing with me this wonderful card! =)

Postcard 2: Multi View
A wonderful postcard from a dear postcard pal in Slovakia who visited Latvia
and sent me this postcard from Riga.
Thank you so much my dear Zuzana! =)

Postcard 3 : Single View
From Jean Pierre who likes the place.
Thank you so much JP for always sending me beautiful postcards!

SERBIA - Medieval Monuments in Kosovo

"The four edifices of the site reflect the high points of the Byzantine-Romanesque ecclesiastical culture, with its distinct style of wall painting, which developed in the Balkans between the 13th and 17th centuries. The Dečani Monastery was built in the mid-14th century for the Serbian king Stefan Dečanski and is also his mausoleum. The Patriarchate of Peć Monastery is a group of four domed churches featuring series of wall paintings. The 13th-century frescoes of the Church of Holy Apostles are painted in a unique, monumental style. Early 14th-century frescoes in the church of the Holy Virgin of Ljevisa represent the appearance of the new so-called Palaiologian Renaissance style, combining the influences of the eastern Orthodox Byzantine and the Western Romanesque traditions. The style played a decisive role in subsequent Balkan art."
Postcard 1: Our Lady of Ljeviš
My third Serbian UNESCO postcard.
Thank you so much Jean Pierre!
Sent you postcards this month too...

ITALY / SWITZERLAND - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

"Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes, brings together two historic railway lines that cross the Swiss Alps through two passes. Opened in 1904, the Albula line in the north western part of the property is 67 km long. It features an impressive set of structures including 42 tunnels and covered galleries and 144 viaducts and bridges. The 61 km Bernina pass line features 13 tunnels and galleries and 52 viaducts and bridges. The property is exemplary of the use of the railway to overcome the isolation of settlements in the Central Alps early in the 20th century, with a major and lasting socio-economic impact on life in the mountains. It constitutes an outstanding technical, architectural and environmental ensemble and embodies architectural and civil engineering achievements, in harmony with the landscapes through which they pass." -

Postcard 1: From Switzerland
Thank you so much, Pierre for sending this card! =)

Postcard 2: From Switzerland
A closer look of the red trains...
A Christmas surprise from Oscar & Daniela...
Thank you so much for this great postcard!
I know you two had a wonderful Christmas!

Postcard 2: From Italy
Thank you so much Simonetta for sharing with me this postcard!
Happy that you enjoyed riding the train last January!