Friday, 29 December 2017

Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

Kiev is the city of the golden cupolas. I'm still missing in my collection the Saint-Sophia Cathedral and the Church of the Saviour at Berestovo, also included in this site.

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
This postcard was sent by Mila

Kiev Pechersk Lavra or Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, also known as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, is a historic Orthodox Christian monastery which gave its name to one of the city districts where it is located in Kiev.
The Kiev Pechersk Lavra contains numerous architectural monuments, ranging from bell towers to cathedrals to underground cave systems and to strong stone fortification walls. The main attractions of the Lavra include Great Lavra Belltower, the notable feature of the Kiev skyline, and the Dormition Cathedral, destroyed in World War II, and fully reconstructed in recent years. Other churches and cathedrals of the Lavra include: the Refectory Church, the Church of All Saints, the Church of the Saviour at Berestove, the Church of the Exaltation of Cross, the Church of the Trinity, the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin, the Church of the Conception of St. Anne, and the Church of the Life-Giving Spring. The Lavra also contains many other constructions, including: the St. Nicholas Monastery, the Kiev Theological Academy and Seminary, and the Debosquette Wall. - in: wikipedia

Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

This postcard was sent by Sergii

The Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, from the beginning of its foundation, serves as the burial place of the spiritual personalities. The burial places of the metropolitans Arseniy (Moskvin), Filofey (Uspensky), Ioannikiy (Rudnev), Theognost (Lebedev) and Flavian (Gorodetsky) are located there. - in:

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Dougga / Thugga

Among the most famous monuments at this site are a Libyco-Punic Mausoleum, the capitol, the theatre, and the temples of Saturn and of Juno Caelestis.


The archaeological site of Thugga/Dougga is located in the North-west region of Tunisia, perched on the summit of a hill at an altitude of 571 m, dominating the fertile valley of Oued Khalled. Before the Roman annexation of Numidia, Thugga had existed for more than six centuries and was, probably, the first capital of the Numidian kingdom. It flourished under Roman rule but declined during the Byzantine and Islamic periods. The impressive ruins which are visible today give an idea of the resources of a Romanised Numidian town.
The archaeological site covers an area of approximately 75 ha. These ruins of a complete city with all its components are a testimony to more than 17 centuries of history. They are an outstanding example illustrating the synthesis between different cultures: Numidian, Punic, Hellenistic, and Roman. The Roman monuments were integrated within the urban fabric, essentially Numidian. - in:

Medina of Sousse

A long time ago, a friend of mine told me that Tunisia has some of the most beautiful beaches, but what I would love to see is something like the Medina of Sousse

Medina of Sousse

Located in the Tunisian Sahel, the Medina of Sousse constitutes a harmonious archaeological complex that reflects Arabo-Muslim urbanism applied to a coastal town exposed through its history to piracy and dangers from the sea. With the Medina of Monastir, it constitutes the unique prototype of military coastal architecture of the first centuries of Islam that has been passed down to us. Several monuments of the medina bear witness to this robust, ascetic and imposing architecture, notably the Ribat, the Great Mosque, the Bou Ftata Mosque, the Kasbah and the ramparts. The Ribat, both a fort and a religious building, is an eminent example of this type of construction. - in:

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

This University City encloses an Olympic Stadium, about 40 faculties and institutes, a Cultural Center, an ecological reserve, the Central Library, and a few museums

Central Library
This postcard was sent by Marco

The ensemble of buildings, sports facilities and open spaces of the Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), was built from 1949 to 1952 by more than 60 architects, engineers and artists who were involved in the project. As a result, the campus constitutes a unique example of 20th-century modernism integrating urbanism, architecture, engineering, landscape design and fine arts with references to local traditions, especially to Mexico’s pre-Hispanic past. The ensemble embodies social and cultural values of universal significance and is one of the most significant icons of modernity in Latin America. - in:

Historic Centre of Cordoba

In 1984 only the the Great Mosque of Cordoba was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site but ten years later the inscription was expanded to include much of the old town

This postcard was sent by Adolfo

The historic centre of Córdoba, Spain is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. In 1984, UNESCO registered the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba as a World Heritage Site. A decade later, it expanded the inscription to include much of the old town. The historic centre has a wealth of monuments preserving large traces of Roman, Arabic, and Christian times.
The historic centre as defined by UNESCO comprises the buildings and narrow winding streets around the cathedral. It is bordered on the south by the River Guadalquivir so as to include the Roman Bridge and the Calahorra Tower, on the east by the Calle San Fernando, and on the north by the commercial centre. To the west, it includes the Alcázar and the San Basilio district. - in: wikipedia

Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
This postcard was sent by Nancy

The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba (SpanishMezquita-Catedral de Córdoba) is the Catholic cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and located in the Spanish region of Andalusia. The structure is regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture.
According to a traditional account, a small temple of Christian Visigoth origin, the Catholic Basilica of Saint Vincent of Lérins, originally stood on the site. In 784 Abd al-Rahman I ordered construction of the Great Mosque, which was considerably expanded by later Muslim rulers. Córdoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 during the Reconquista, and the building was converted to a Roman Catholic church, culminating in the insertion of a Renaissance cathedral nave in the 16th century. - in: wikipedia

Antequera Dolmens Site

I already had a co-worker from Antequera, but I think he never told me about these dolmens. This site comprises three dolmens and two natural monuments.

Dolmen of Menga
This postcard was sent by Nancy

The Dolmen of Menga (SpanishDolmen de Menga) is a megalithic burial mound called a tumulus, a long barrow form of dolmen, dating from the 3rd millennium BCE.
It is one of the largest known ancient megalithic structures in Europe. It is 25 metres (82 ft) long, 5 metres (16 ft) wide and 4 metres (13 ft) high, and was built with thirty-two megaliths, the largest weighing about 180 tonnes (200 tons). After completion of the chamber (which probably served as a grave for the ruling families) and the path leading into the center, the stone structure was covered with soil and built up into the hill that can be seen today. When the grave was opened and examined in the 19th century, archaeologists found the skeletons of several hundred people inside. - in: wilipedia

Tholos of El Romeral
This postcard was sent by Jordi

Tholos de El Romeral, situated 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) north east of the town of Antequera (Andalusia), is one of the most important examples of Neolithic architecture in southern Europe. Tholos de El Romeral, also known as Cueva de Romeral (Cave of Romeral) and Dolmen de Romeral, is a megalithic burial site built circa 1800 BCE.
Tholos de El Romeral is a chambered tomb covered by a mound. It consists of a long corridor with drystone walls made of small stones and a ceilings made of megalithic slabs. The corridor culminates with two consecutive round beehive-like chambers. - in: wikipedia

El Torcal de Antequera
This postcard was sent by Nancy

El Torcal de Antequera is a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range located south of the city of Antequera, in the province of Málaga (...). It is known for its unusual landforms, and is one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe.
The Jurassic age limestone is about 150 million years old and was laid down in a marine corridor that extended from the Gulf of Cádiz to Alicante between the present Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
Like many massive limestones, the Torcal includes caves and other underground forms, some of them of historical importance like the Cueva del Toro (Cave of the Bull) with its Neolithic artifacts. - in: wikipedia

Peña de los Enamorados
This postcard was sent by Nancy

Peña de los Enamorados ("The Lovers' Rock") is a mountain near the city of AntequeraMálaga ProvinceAndalusiaSpain. It reaches a height of 880 metres above sea level.
The mountain was named after a legend from the local oral tradition. The most well-known version of the legend says that two young Moorish lovers from rival clans, a young man from Antequera and girl from nearby Archidona, threw themselves from the rock while being pursued by the girl's father and his men. - in: wikipedia

The sites comprised (in red what I have):
  • The Manga Dolmen and The Viera Dolmen
  • Tholos of El Romeral
  • La Pena de los Enamorados
  • El Torcal de Antequera

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato

This is an area of very good Italian wine, cheese and truffles. A nice place for the views and for the stomach 

Route of Barolo and Barbaresco
This postcard was sent by Gian Luca

The vineyard landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato in Piedmont consist of a selection of five distinct winegrowing areas and a castle, whose names evoke profound and ancient expertise in the relationship between man and his environment. They reflect a slowly developed association between a diverse range of soils, grape varieties that are often native, and suitable winemaking processes. They offer panoramas of carefully cultivated hillsides, following ancient land divisions punctuated with buildings that lend structure to the visual space: hilltop villages, castles, Romanesque churches, farms, ciabots, cellars and storehouses for cellaring and for the commercial distribution of the wine in the small towns and larger towns on the margins of the vineyards. - in:

Langhe - Castiglione Falletto
This postcard was sent by Gian Luca

The Langhe is a hilly area to the south and east of the river Tanaro in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy.
It is famous for its wines, cheeses, and truffles.
Its vineyards constitute an outstanding example of man’s interaction with his natural environment. Following a long and slow evolution of winegrowing expertise, the best possible adaptation of grape varieties to land with specific soil and climatic components has been carried out, which in itself is related to winemaking expertise, thereby becoming an international benchmark. - in: wikipedia

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area

The Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area are the earliest Buddhist monuments in Japan

This postcard was sent by Yukie

There are around 48 Buddhist monuments in the Horyu-ji area, in Nara Prefecture. Several date from the late 7th or early 8th century, making them some of the oldest surviving wooden buildings in the world. These masterpieces of wooden architecture are important not only for the history of art, since they illustrate the adaptation of Chinese Buddhist architecture and layout to Japanese culture, but also for the history of religion, since their construction coincided with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan from China by way of the Korean peninsula. - in:

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest caldera and it was formed two to three million years ago

Ngorongo Crater
This postcard was sent by Emerich

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of globally threatened species, the density of wildlife inhabiting the area, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals into the northern plains. Extensive archaeological research has also yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, including early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years. - in:

Kilimanjaro National Park

The Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park

This postcard was sent by Emerich

Kilimanjaro National Park is a Tanzanian national park, located 300 kilometres (190 mi) south of the equator and in Kilimanjaro RegionTanzania. The park is located near the city of Moshi. The park includes the whole of Mount Kilimanjaro above the tree line and the surrounding montane forest belt above 1,820 metres (5,970 ft).
A variety of animals can be found in the park. Above the timberline, the Kilimanjaro tree hyrax, the grey duiker, and rodents are frequently encountered. The bushbuck and red duiker appear above the timberline in places. Cape buffaloes are found in the montane forest and occasionally in the moorland and grassland. Elephants can be found between the Namwai and Tarakia rivers and sometimes occur at higher elevations. In the montane forests, blue monkeys, western black and white colobusesbushbabies, and leopards can be found. - in: wikipedia

Monday, 11 December 2017

Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy

This site gave me a real big headache! There are a lot of temples and rice fields in Bali and when this site was inscribed, not very long ago, there were a lot of postcrossers offering and collecting any water temple or any rice field in Bali as part of this site. I realized later that is not like that and the card I had brought me serious doubts. Then I received two more postcards and after some research I think that the first postcard of this post is part of the Royal Water Temple Pura Taman Ayun, the second is part of Subak Landscape of Pekerisan Watershed and the third, which was the first I received, is not part of the protected area. Forgive me if I'm wrong... 

Taman Ayun Temple
This postcard was sent by Emerich

Taman Ayun literally translates as ‘beautiful garden’ and is generally regarded as one of the most attractive temples of Bali. The Taman Ayun temple is situated in a beautiful park with trees and ponds, near the village of Mengwi in the south of Bali at about 8 km southwest of Ubud and 18 km northwest of Denpasar.
Pura Taman Ayun was built in 1634 by the Raja of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu. It is a socalled Pura Kawiten or family temple, a special temple where the deified ancestors of the Raja Dynasty of Mengwi and important gods of other temples are honored. - in:

Tirta Empul
This postcard was sent by Shinta

Tirta Empul, Bali, is one of the largest and busiest water temples in Indonesia. The temple was founded in 926 A.D. and is dedicated to Vishnu, who is the Hindu God of water. The name of the temple actually means ‘holy water spring’ in Balinese.
Tirta Empul is located close to the town of Tampaksiring in the village of Manukaya. - in:

Karangasem Rice Field

The five protected areas (in red what I have):
  • Supreme Water Temple Pura Ulun Danu Batur
  • Lake Batur
  • Subak Landscape of Pekerisan Watershed
  • Subak Landscape of Catur Angga Batukaru
  • Royal Water Temple Pura Taman Ayun

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Kinabalu Park

This was one of the first national parks of Malaysia and the first Malaysia's world heritage site designated by UNESCO

Kinabalu Park
This postcard was sent by Zoe

Kinabalu Park, in the State of Sabah on the northern end of the island of Borneo, is dominated by Mount Kinabalu (4,095 m), the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. It has a very wide range of habitats, from rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest to tropical mountain forest, sub-alpine forest and scrub on the higher elevations. It has been designated as a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia and is exceptionally rich in species with examples of flora from the Himalayas, China, Australia, Malaysia, as well as pan-tropical flora. - in:

Mount Kinabalu
This postcard was sent by Mary

Mount Kinabalu (MalayGunung Kinabalu) is a mountain in SabahMalaysia. It is protected as Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site. Kinabalu is the highest peak in Borneo's Crocker Range and is the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago as well as the highest mountain in Malaysia. - in: wikipedia

Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

The "Camino Real de Tierra Adentro", also known as the Silver Route, consists of 55 sites and five existing World Heritage sites  and includes historic cities, towns, bridges, haciendas and other monuments along the 1,400km route between the Historic Center of Mexico City and the town of Valle de AllendeChihuahua. I have four of the five existing World Heritage sites and only two of the other 55.

Historic Center of Mexico City
This postcard was sent by Marco

The Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México (English: Historic Centre of Mexico City) is the central neighborhood in Mexico CityMexico, focused on Zócalo or main plaza. - in: wikipedia

This postcard was sent by Marco

Querétaro City is the capital and largest city of the state of Querétaro, located in central Mexico. - in: wikipedia

San Miguel de Allende
This postcard was sent by Marco

San Miguel de Allende is a city and municipality located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.
The main attraction of the town is its well-preserved historic center, filled with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. - in: wikipedia

This postcard was sent by Steffi

Guanajuato is a city and municipality in central Mexico and the capital of the state of the same name. It is in a narrow valley, which makes its streets narrow and winding. - in: wikipedia

Historic Center of Lagos de Moreno and Bridge
This postcard was sent by Oscar

Lagos de Moreno is a city and its surrounding municipal area of the same name, located in the extreme northeastern part of the state of Jalisco in Mexico.
The city's modern history started on 31 March 1563, when it was founded as Villa de Santa María de los Lagos, by Captain Don Hernando Martel and around 100 colonist families. - in: wikipedia

Chapel of San Antonio of the former Hacienda of Juana Guerra
This postcard was sent by Marco

Ten minutes driving from Nombre de Dios Valley you can visit the 1586’s ExHacienda Juana Guerra’s Chapel of San Antonio de Padua, which belongs to Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, named World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The main house and the mill still survive from the cattle ranch. In its good times, provisions were bought here and people who traveled along the Camino Real Tierra Adentro were sheltered. - in: