Wednesday, April 12, 2017

GERMANY - Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System

"The Upper Harz mining water management system, which lies south of the Rammelsberg mines and the town of Goslar, has been developed over a period of some 800 years to assist in the process of extracting ore for the production of non-ferrous metals. Its construction was first undertaken in the Middle Ages by Cistercian monks, and it was then developed on a vast scale from the end of the 16th century until the 19th century. It is made up of an extremely complex but perfectly coherent system of artificial ponds, small channels, tunnels and underground drains. It enabled the development of water power for use in mining and metallurgical processes. It is a major site for mining innovation in the western world." -

Postcard 1: Mines of Rammelsberg

What a beautiful view of once a mining site.
Thank you so much Michaela for this wonderful postcard!

Postcard 2: Historic Town of Goslar

Wonderful view of Goslar.
Thank you so much Anja for sharing with me this card...

Postcard 3: Upper Harz Water Management System

Thank you so much Ramona for this great card!
I learned so much about this HERE...

Sunday, April 9, 2017

ARMENIA - Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley

"The monastery of Geghard contains a number of churches and tombs, most of them cut into the rock, which illustrate the very peak of Armenian medieval architecture. The complex of medieval buildings is set into a landscape of great natural beauty, surrounded by towering cliffs at the entrance to the Azat Valley." -

My very first postcard sent from Nagorno Karabakh Republic (Armenian: Republic of Artsakh), showing the cupola of the Geghard Monastery.
Thank you so much Vahram for sharing this with me!
My UNESCO postcards collection from Armenia is now complete! ^-^

ARGENTINA / BELGIUM / FRANCE / GERMANY / INDIA / JAPAN / SWITZERLAND - The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

"Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet." -

Postcard 1: Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France

"I visited the site and there are still nuns living there", shares Marie.
Thank you so much Marie for sharing with me this postcard!

Postcard 2: Maisons de la Weissenhof-SiedlungGermany

I am very happy because this postcard completes
my UNESCO postcards collection from Germany!
On the bottom left shows the Maisons de la Weissenhof-Siedlung.
Thank you so much Svenja for sharing this with me!

Postcard 3: Chandigarh Capitol Complex, India

Thank you so much for this wonderful postcard (with great stamps as well), Pulkit!
Hats off to Le Corbusier!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SYRIA - Site of Palmyra

"An oasis in the Syrian desert, north-east of Damascus, Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences." -

My very first UNESCO postcard of Syria.
Thank you so much Anita of Austria for sharing this with me!

JORDAN - Wadi Rum Protected Area

"The 74,000-hectare property, inscribed as a mixed natural and cultural site, is situated in southern Jordan, near the border with Saudi Arabia. It features a varied desert landscape consisting of a range of narrow gorges, natural arches, towering cliffs, ramps, massive landslides and caverns. Petroglyphs, inscriptions and archaeological remains in the site testify to 12,000 years of human occupation and interaction with the natural environment. The combination of 25,000 rock carvings with 20,000 inscriptions trace the evolution of human thought and the early development of the alphabet. The site illustrates the evolution of pastoral, agricultural and urban activity in the region." -

A wonderful postcard!
Thank you so much for this, Anita of Austria!

NAMIBIA - Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes

"Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes has one of the largest concentrations of [...] petroglyphs, i.e. rock engravings in Africa. Most of these well-preserved engravings represent rhinoceros, . The site also includes six painteelephant, ostrich and giraffe, as well as drawings of human and animal footprintsd rock shelters with motifs of human figures in red ochre. The objects excavated from two sections, date from the Late Stone Age. The site forms a coherent, extensive and high-quality record of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities in this part of southern Africa over at least 2,000 years, and eloquently illustrates the links between the ritual and economic practices of hunter-gatherers." -

A postcard showing one of the 2 UNESCO Sites in Namibia!
Thank you so much Anita of Austria for this great postcard!

MOROCCO - Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage

"Located on the Atlantic coast in the north-west of Morocco, the site is the product of a fertile exchange between the Arabo-Muslim past and Western modernism. The inscribed city encompasses the new town conceived and built under the French Protectorate from 1912 to the 1930s, including royal and administrative areas, residential and commercial developments and the Jardins d’Essais botanical and pleasure gardens. It also encompasses older parts of the city dating back to the 12thcentury. The new town is one of the largest and most ambitious modern urban projects built in Africa in the 20th century and probably the most complete. The older parts include Hassan Mosque (begun in 1184) and the Almohad ramparts and gates, the only surviving parts of the project for a great capital city of the Almohad caliphate as well as remains from the Moorish, or Andalusian, principality of the 17thcentury." -


Another great postcard of Rabat, Morocco from Anita of Austria. 
Thank you so much for this, Anita!