Tuesday, 31 January 2012

ID2003 - Raja Ampat Islands (2005)

Courtesy of shinta from postcrossing forum

CN5338 Site of Southern Yue State available for swap

CN5338-02-A01 Nanyue King Tomb (0 available)
20/02/12 1 postcard on its way to elbe (received) unesco tentative tag in exchange tag Aletta2 for another unesco tentative

CN5338-02-A02 Nanyue King Tomb(1 available)

CN5338-02-A03 Nanyue King Tomb(1 available)

CN5338-02-A04 Nanyue King Tomb(1 available)

CN5338-02-A05 Nanyue King Tomb(1 available)

CN5338-02-A06 Nanyue King Tomb(1 available)

CN5338-02-A07 Nanyue King Tomb(1 available)

CN5338-02-A08 Nanyue King Tomb(1 available)

CN5338-02-A09 Nanyue King Tomb(1 available)

CN5338-02-A10 Nanyue King Tomb(0 available)
16/03/2012 1 postcard on its way to SLLiew (received) in exchange for a tentative card (Completed)

CN5347 - Karez Wells (2008)

1318 IT - Longobards in Italy. Places of the power (568-774 A.D.) (2011)

Brief Description

"The Longobards in Italy, Places of Power, 568 - 774 A.D. comprises seven groups of important buildings (including fortresses, churches, and monasteries) throughout the Italian Peninsula. They testify to the high achievement of the Lombards, who migrated from northern Europe and developed their own specific culture in Italy where they ruled over vast territories in the 6th to 8th centuries. The Lombards synthesis of architectural styles marked the transition from Antiquity to the European Middle Ages, drawing on the heritage of Ancient Rome, Christian spirituality, Byzantine influence and Germanic northern Europe. The serial property testifies to the Lombards' major role in the spiritual and cultural development of Medieval European Christianity, notably by bolstering the monastic movement."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1318

Courtesy of Gosia from postcrossing forum
1318-003 Torba Monastery

Courtesy of Paolo from g+
1318-003 The castrum with the Torba Tower
and the church outside the walls, Santa Maria foris portas

1330 UA - Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans (2011)

Brief Description

"The Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans represents a masterful synergy of architectural styles built by Czech architect Josef Hlavka from 1864 to 1882. The property, an outstanding example of 19th-century historicist architecture, also includes a seminary and monastery and is dominated by the domed, cruciform Seminary Church with a garden and park. The complex expresses architectural and cultural influences from the Byzantine period onward and embodies the powerful presence of the Orthodox Church during Habsburg rule, reflecting the Austro-Hungarian Empire policy of religious tolerance."

ource UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1330

Courtesy of Paolo from g+

295 LB - Byblos (1984)

Brief Description

"The ruins of many successive civilizations are found at Byblos, one of the oldest Phoenician cities. Inhabited since Neolithic times, it has been closely linked to the legends and history of the Mediterranean region for thousands of years. Byblos is also directly associated with the history and diffusion of the Phoenician alphabet."

比布鲁斯

"比布鲁斯是黎巴嫩最古老的城市之一,在那里发现了许多连续的文明废墟。它从新石器时代就开始有人居住,与数千年来地中海地区的传奇和历史紧密联系在一起。同时比布鲁斯也与腓尼基字母表的发展传播息息相关。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/295

Courtesy of Paolo from g+

Friday, 20 January 2012

906 RO - Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains (1999)

Brief Description

"Built in the 1st centuries B.C. and A.D. under Dacian rule, these fortresses show an unusual fusion of military and religious architectural techniques and concepts from the classical world and the late European Iron Age. The six defensive works, the nucleus of the Dacian Kingdom, were conquered by the Romans at the beginning of the 2nd century A.D.; their extensive and well-preserved remains stand in spectacular natural surroundings and give a dramatic picture of a vigorous and innovative civilization."

奥拉斯迪山的达亚恩城堡

"达亚恩城堡修建于公元前1世纪达亚恩人统治时期,体现了古老的军事宗教建筑技巧和欧洲铁器时代晚期建筑理念不同寻常的相互融合。这 里的6个防御工事,即达亚恩王国的中心,在公元2世纪时被罗马人占领; 大面积保存完好的遗址被壮丽的自然景观环绕,勾勒出一幅充满力量和革新意义的生动画面。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/906

Courtesy of violeta13 from postcrossing forum
906-003 Costesti -Blidaru Costesti

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

GR1790 - The broader region of Mount Olympus (2003)

Courtesy of Childish from postcrossing forum

RS1700 - The Djavolja Varos (Devil's Town) Natural Landmark (2002)

Courtesy of Childish from postcrossing forum

BG1948 - The Ancient Plovdiv (2004)

Courtesy of Childish from postcrossing forum

AT30 - Heiligenkreuz Abbey (1994)

Courtesy of Childish from postcrossing forum

BG50 - The town of Melnik and the Rozhen Monastery (1984)

Courtesy of Childish from postcrossing forum

BG5640 - Rocks of Belogradchik (2011)

Courtesy of Childish from postcrossing forum

BG49 - The Bachkovo Monastery (1984)

Courtesy of Childish from postcrossing forum

23 SY - Site of Palmyra (1980)

Brief Description

"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."

帕尔米拉古城遗址

"帕尔米拉堪称叙利亚沙漠中的一片绿洲,它位于大马士革的东北方,是古代最重要的文化中心之一,城内现仍保存有当时的许多纪念性建筑。公元1世纪至2世纪,帕尔米拉处于几种文明的交汇处,所以其艺术和建筑能够将古希腊罗马的技艺与本地的传统及波斯的影响巧妙地融合在一起。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/23

Courtesy of Childish from postcrossing forum

22 SY - Ancient City of Bosra (1980)

Brief Description

"Bosra, once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia, was an important stopover on the ancient caravan route to Mecca. A magnificent 2nd-century Roman theatre, early Christian ruins and several mosques are found within its great walls."

布斯拉古城

"布斯拉古城曾是古罗马阿拉伯省的首府,是通往麦加的沙漠商队路线上一个重要的中途站。在布斯拉城墙中保存着一座公元2世纪的富丽堂皇的古罗马剧场、早期基督教的遗迹和几座清真寺。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/22

Courtesy of Childish from postcrossing forum

21 SY - Ancient City of Aleppo (1986)

Brief Description

"Located at the crossroads of several trade routes from the 2nd millennium B.C., Aleppo was ruled successively by the Hittites, Assyrians, Arabs, Mongols, Mamelukes and Ottomans. The 13th-century citadel, 12th-century Great Mosque and various 17th-century madrasas, palaces, caravanserais and hammams all form part of the city's cohesive, unique urban fabric, now threatened by overpopulation."

阿勒颇古城

"阿勒颇从公元前2000年起就处于几条商道的交汇处,相继由希泰人、亚述人、阿拉伯人、蒙古人、马穆鲁克人和土耳其人统治过。古城 内13世纪的城堡、12世纪的大清真寺和17世纪的穆斯林学校、宫殿、沙漠旅店及浴室,构成了城市独特的建筑结构。阿勒颇现今面临人口过盛的困境。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/21

Courtesy of Childish from postcrossing forum

165 FR - Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay (1981)

Brief Description

"This stark Burgundian monastery was founded by St Bernard in 1119. With its church, cloister, refectory, sleeping quarters, bakery and ironworks, it is an excellent illustration of the ideal of self-sufficiency as practised by the earliest communities of Cistercian monks."

丰特莱的西斯特尔教团修道院

"这座刻板的勃艮第修道院由圣伯纳尔(St Bernard)修建于1119年,修道院的教堂、回廊、餐厅、住宿区、面包房和钢铁厂一起,完美诠释了早期西斯特尔教团修道士自给自足的理想。"
Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/165
Courtesy of famalubel from postcrossing forum

Friday, 13 January 2012

179 DZ - Tassili n'Ajjer (1982)

Brief Description

"Located in a strange lunar landscape of great geological interest, this site has one of the most important groupings of prehistoric cave art in the world. More than 15,000 drawings and engravings record the climatic changes, the animal migrations and the evolution of human life on the edge of the Sahara from 6000 BC to the first centuries of the present era. The geological formations are of outstanding scenic interest, with eroded sandstones forming ‘forests of rock’."

阿杰尔的塔西利

"该遗址所在地环境独特,如同月球表面,极具地质学研究意义,是世界上最重要的史前岩洞艺术群之一。15,000多幅绘画和雕刻作品 记录了公元前6000年至公元初几个世纪撒哈拉沙漠边缘地区的气候变化、动物迁徙和人类生活进化。当地的地质构成形态有着极高的观赏价值,被侵蚀的砂岩形 成了“石林”。 "

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/179

Courtesy of Paul from postcrossing google+

193 DZ - Tipasa (1982)

Brief Description

"On the shores of the Mediterranean, Tipasa was an ancient Punic trading-post conquered by Rome and turned into a strategic base for the conquest of the kingdoms of Mauritania. It comprises a unique group of Phoenician, Roman, palaeochristian and Byzantine ruins alongside indigenous monuments such as the Kbor er Roumia, the great royal mausoleum of Mauritania."

提帕萨

"蒂帕萨位于地中海海滨,原是古罗马统治下古迦太基人的贸易港,后成为征服毛利塔尼亚王国的战略基地。该遗址不仅有一系列腓尼基人、 罗马人、古基督教和拜占庭时期的独特建筑群遗迹,还有当地的古迹,如宏伟的毛里塔尼亚皇家陵墓——克博·埃尔·罗米亚(Kbor er Roumia)。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/193

Courtesy of Paul from postcrossing google+

194 DZ - Timgad (1982)

Brief Description

"Timgad lies on the northern slopes of the Aurès mountains and was created ex nihilo as a military colony by the Emperor Trajan in AD 100. With its square enclosure and orthogonal design based on the cardo and decumanus, the two perpendicular routes running through the city, it is an excellent example of Roman town planning."

提姆加德

"蒂姆加德位于奥雷斯山(the Aurès mountains)北麓,是公元100年古罗马皇帝图拉真(the Emperor Trajan)建立的军事殖民地。城市是方形垂直布局,以纵横两轴为基础,两条相互垂直的大街穿越整个城市,是古罗马城市规划的杰出代表"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/194

Courtesy of Paul from postcrossing google+

188 DZ - M'Zab Valley (1982)

Brief Description

"A traditional human habitat, created in the 10th century by the Ibadites around their five ksour (fortified cities), has been preserved intact in the M’Zab valley. Simple, functional and perfectly adapted to the environment, the architecture of M’Zab was designed for community living, while respecting the structure of the family. It is a source of inspiration for today’s urban planners."

姆扎卜山谷

"这是一个传统的人类居住地,由伊巴底人(the Ibadites)于十世纪围绕五座城邦修建而成,完整保存在姆扎卜山谷中。姆扎卜建筑简朴、实用,完美地与环境融为了一体。姆扎卡的建筑结构视为群体居 住而设计的,但同时也考虑到了家庭的结构,当今城市建筑的设计者可以此为借鉴。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/188

Courtesy of Paul from postcrossing google+

565 DZ - Kasbah of Algiers (1992)

Brief Description

"The Kasbah is a unique kind of medina, or Islamic city. It stands in one of the finest coastal sites on the Mediterranean, overlooking the islands where a Carthaginian trading-post was established in the 4th century BC. There are the remains of the citadel, old mosques and Ottoman-style palaces as well as the remains of a traditional urban structure associated with a deep-rooted sense of community."
阿尔及尔城堡

"卡斯巴哈是典型的麦地那式(medina)或伊斯兰建筑风格的古城,位于阿尔及尔,是地中海最美的海滨城市之一,对面的岛屿曾是迦太基人公元前四世纪建立的贸易港。城内不仅有要塞、古清真寺和土耳其风格宫殿遗址,还有传统城市的踪迹,体现了深厚的社区生活特色。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/565


Courtesy of Paul from postcrossing google+

191 DZ - Djémila (1982)

Brief Description

"Situated 900 m above sea-level, Djémila, or Cuicul, with its forum, temples, basilicas, triumphal arches and houses, is an interesting example of Roman town planning adapted to a mountain location."

杰米拉

"杰米拉又叫奎库尔城 (Cuicul),海拔900多米,城内有广场、神庙、长方形会堂、凯旋门和民居,形成了在山区进行罗马式城市建筑设计的典型范例。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/191

Courtesy of Paul from postcrossing google+

102 DZ - Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad (1980)

Brief Description

"In a mountainous site of extraordinary beauty, the ruins of the first capital of the Hammadid emirs, founded in 1007 and demolished in 1152, provide an authentic picture of a fortified Muslim city. The mosque, whose prayer room has 13 aisles with eight bays, is one of the largest in Algeria."

贝尼•哈玛德的卡拉城

"哈玛德王朝(Hammadid emirs)第一个首都的遗址,位于风景秀美的山区,始建于公元1007年,毁于公元1152年,是要塞型穆斯林城市的真实写照。这里的清真寺祈祷室有13条走廊和8个隔间,是阿尔及利亚最大的清真寺之一。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/102

Courtesy of Paul from postcrossing google+

Thursday, 12 January 2012

384 ES - Old Town of Cáceres (1986)

Brief Description

"The city's history of battles between Moors and Christians is reflected in its architecture, which is a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles. Of the 30 or so towers from the Muslim period, the Torre del Bujaco is the most famous."

卡塞雷斯古城

"卡塞雷斯城历史上摩尔人和基督徒的争斗也反映在了该城的建筑中,罗马式、伊斯兰式、北哥特式和意大利文艺复兴式的建筑风格在这里和谐地融为一体。城中现存有大约30座穆斯林时期建造的高塔建筑,其中布哈科塔最为著名。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/384

Courtesy of SusanaPortugal from postcrossing forum

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

1277 JP - Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (2011)

Brief Description

"Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land comprises five sites, including the sacred Mount Kinkeisan. It features vestiges of government offices dating from the 11th and 12th centuries when Hiraizumi was the administrative centre of the northern realm of Japan and rivalled Kyoto. The realm was based on the cosmology of Pure Land Buddhism, which spread to Japan in the 8th century. It represented the pure land of Buddha that people aspire to after death, as well as peace of mind in this life. In combination with indigenous Japanese nature worship and Shintoism, Pure Land Buddhism developed a concept of planning and garden design that was unique to Japan."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1277

Courtesy of kenji from postcrossing forum

TR1399 - St. Nicholas Church (2000)

Courtesy of Lotty from postcrossing forum

602 UZ - Historic Centre of Bukhara (1993)

Brief Description

"Bukhara, which is situated on the Silk Route, is more than 2,000 years old. It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact. Monuments of particular interest include the famous tomb of Ismail Samani, a masterpiece of 10th-century Muslim architecture, and a large number of 17th-century madrasas."

布哈拉历史中心

"丝绸之路上的布哈拉已有两千多年的历史。在中亚城市之中,它完好地保存了绝大多数建筑物,是中世纪城市的典范。其中著名的纪念物有伊斯梅尔·萨马尼的著名墓碑,公元10世纪穆斯林的建筑杰作以及17世纪的一批建筑。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/602

Courtesy of SLLiew from postcrossing forum

575 TH - Ban Chiang Archaeological Site (1992)

Brief Description

"Ban Chiang is considered the most important prehistoric settlement so far discovered in South-East Asia. It marks an important stage in human cultural, social and technological evolution. The site presents the earliest evidence of farming in the region and of the manufacture and use of metals."

班清考古遗址

"班清被视为迄今为止在东南亚发现的最重要的史前聚居地,它的发现向人们揭示了人类文化、社会和技术发展过程中的一个很重要的阶段。该遗址发掘出来的葬物证实该地区曾有过农业耕作、制造和使用金属的活动,也是迄今为止所能提供的最早的此类证明。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/575

Courtesy of SLLiew from postcrossing forum

153 SN - Niokolo-Koba National Park (1981)

Brief Description

"Located in a well-watered area along the banks of the Gambia river, the gallery forests and savannahs of Niokolo-Koba National Park have a very rich fauna, among them Derby elands (largest of the antelopes), chimpanzees, lions, leopards and a large population of elephants, as well as many birds, reptiles and amphibians."

尼奥科罗-科巴国家公园

"尼奥科罗-科巴国家公园位于赞比亚河沿岸一个多水地区。这里的长廊林和稀树大草原里生活着种类繁多的野生动物,其中有世界上最大的羚羊德比大羚羊,有黑猩猩、狮子、豹以及不计其数的大象,另外还有大量的鸟类、爬行动物和两栖动物在这里繁衍生息。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/153

Courtesy of vykortsfantast from postcrossing forum

2012 swap record

14/01/12 dragon year card on its way to shinta (received) in exchange for tentative Raja Ampat (Completed)

17/01/12 1 set of cards on its way to Paul in exchange for Algeria unesco cards (received)

20/01/12 1 HK tram card on its way to Castor in exchange for Hyde Park Barracks (received)

14/02/12 1 HK view card on its way to C4ss (received) in exchange for Portugese flag (Completed)

27/02/12 20 cards on its way to Emerich (received)in exchange for unesco cards (Completed)

02/03/12 1 set of SH airline cards on its way to Paul in exchange for many unesco cards (received)

02/03/12 1 HK view card on its way to l.b.bao (received) in exchange for Fujian jinhu card (Completed)

02/03/12 1 AD card on its way to Zanoe (received) in exchange for St Catherine Monastery (Completed)

08/03/12 1 card on its way to credo (received) in exchange for ZA unesco card (Completed)

22/03/12 5 cards on its way to els in exchange for 5 Mexico cards

04/04/12 1 HK card on its way to Underdark74 (received) in exchange for Castel del Monte (Completed)

16/07/12 1 HK cruise card on its way to nowaglas (rceived) in exchange for Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Completed)
16/07/12 1 HK bird card on its way to rothko in exchange for card from Costa Rica (received)

18/07/12 4 cards sent to elbe (Completed)

19/07/12 1 Vietnam card on its way to shinta (received) in exchange for Indonesia tentative Trowulan (Completed)

30/07/12 1 dragon boat card on its way to nagi7 (received) in exchange for Western Ghats (Completed)

30/07/12 1 HK card on its way to Roverandom (received) in exchange for Margravial Opera House (Completed)

15/08/12 3 cards on its way to Gilles in exchange for 3 unesco cards (received)

15/08/12 1 postcard on its way to Lotty (received) vacation RR513 in exchange for Bamberg (Completed)

15/08/12 1 postcard on its way to stess29 (received) vacation RR514 in exchange for Rocamadour card (Completed)

24/08/12 1 HK Chueng Chau postcard on its way to Saint (Completed)

24/08/12 1 Gotachi postcard on its way to bisquets in exchange for Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepet
24/08/12 1 Gotachi postcard on its way to bisquets in exchange for Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco

15/09/12 1 Kaiping unesco postcard on its way to Mikeymike (received) in exchange for a unesco from Honduras or Lebanon (Completed)

05/10/12 1 Tibet unesco postcard on its way to lellykate (received) in exchange for Decorated farmhouse from Sweden (Completed)
05/10/12 1 Tibet unesco postcard on its way to Lotty (received) in exchange for Beguinage card from Belgium (Completed)
05/10/12 1 Tibet people postcard on its way to Mikeymike (received) in exchange for Wouda pumping station card from Netherlands (Completed)
05/10/12 1 Potala palace postcard on its way to papirhajo (received)in exchange for Banska Stiavnica (Completed)
05/10/12 1 Tibet nature postcard on its way to Roverandom (received) in exchange for Ferto from Hungary (Completed)
05/10/12 1 Tibet postcard on its way to supersabs (received) in exchange for Italy Alps Dwelling (Complteted)
05/10/12 1 Mt Everest postcard on its way to dager (received) in exchange for Belgium unesco card (Completed)

05/10/12 1 Tibet ppl postcard on its way to fire.maggie (received) RR538 in exchange for one unesco card (Completed) 
05/10/12 1 Tibet ppl postcard on its way to sunsky (received) RR538 in exchange for Nord mining France (Completed)
05/10/12 1 Tibet ppl postcard on its way to Salt (received) RR538 in exchange for Japan unesco tentative (Completed)

14/10/12 1 Mt Hallasan postcard on its way to supersabs (received) in exchange for a unesco (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Chonsoedae observatory postcard on its way to supersabs (received) in exchange for a unesco (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Jeju Seongsan postcard on its way to nagi (received) in exchange for a unesco (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Jeju Lava tube postcard on its way to lukkyluke (received) in exchange for Victoria fall from Zimbabwe (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Bulguksa postcard on its way to dager (received) in exchange for a unesco (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Hwaseong fortress postcard on its way to dager (received) in exchange for a unesco  (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Gyeongju postcard on its way to dager (received) in exchange for a unesco (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Mt Hallasan postcard on its way to ddonkey (received) in exchange for a unesco (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Bulguksa postcard on its way to ddonkey (received) in exchange for a unesco (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Mt Hallasan postcard on its way to gibraltar (received) in exchange for Gibraltar airport (Completed)
14/10/12 5 unesco postcards on its way to Saint (received) in exchange for 5 Georgian Unesco (Completed)

14/10/12 1 Gyjeongju postcard on its way to tabisuruyuki (received) RR539 in exchange for Kyoto Gotochi (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Bulguksa postcard on its way to my_lietuva (received) RR539 in exchange for unesco (Completed) 
14/10/12 1 postcard on its way to olganet3 (received) RR539 in exchange for metro map card (Completed)
14/10/12 1 cdk postcard on its way to ivana-Croatia (received)  RR539 in exchange for unesco (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Dolmen postcard on its way to cardalanas (received)  RR539 in exchange for Andorra card (Completed)
14/10/12 1 postcard on its way to pjsubway (received)  RR539 in exchange for Bermuda card (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Bulguksa postcard on its way to eisdrache (received)  RR539 in exchange for Norway unesco (Completed)
14/10/12 1 Bulguksa postcard on its way to butterfly_kisses (received) RR539 in exchange for Bosnia map (Completed)
14/10/12 1 grotto postcard on its way to Isabel (received)  RR539 in exchange for a unesco (Completed)

479 LA - Town of Luang Prabang (1995)

Brief Description

"Luang Prabang is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions."

琅勃拉邦的古城

"琅勃拉邦的古城是19世纪至20世纪欧洲殖民者建造的传统建筑与老挝城市结构相融合的突出典范。它独特的镇区保存十分完美,表现了两种截然不同的文化传统相互融合的关键阶段。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/479

Courtesy of SLLiew from postcrossing forum

665 ES - Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe (1993)

Brief Description

"The monastery is an outstanding repository of four centuries of Spanish religious architecture. It symbolizes two significant events in world history that occurred in 1492: the Reconquest of the Iberian peninsula by the Catholic Kings and Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas. Its famous statue of the Virgin became a powerful symbol of the Christianization of much of the New World."

瓜达卢佩的圣玛利皇家修道院

"圣玛利皇家修道院是长达四个世纪的西班牙宗教建筑历史的重要见证,它象征着1492年发生的世界历史上的两个重大事件:信奉天主教的王国收复伊比利亚半岛和克里斯托弗·哥伦布发现美洲大陆。圣玛利皇家修道院内著名的圣母雕像成为多数新大陆地区基督教化的有力象征。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/665

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1298 BE - Stoclet House (2009)

Brief Description

"When banker and art collector Adolphe Stoclet commissioned this house from one of the leading architects of the Vienna Secession movement, Josef Hoffmann, in 1905, he imposed neither aesthetic nor financial restrictions on the project. The house and garden were completed in 1911 and their austere geometry marked a turning point in Art Nouveau, foreshadowing Art Deco and the Modern Movement in architecture. Stoclet House is one of the most accomplished and homogenous buildings of the Vienna Secession, and features works by Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt, embodying the aspiration of creating a ‘total work of art' (Gesamtkunstwerk). Bearing testimony to artistic renewal in European architecture, the house retains a high level of integrity, both externally and internally as it retains most of its original fixtures and furnishings."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1298

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