Saturday, 28 July 2012

1153 FR - The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape (2011)

Brief Description

"This 302,319 ha property, in the southern part of central France, is a mountain landscape interspersed by deep valleys that is representative of the relationship between agro-pastoral systems and their biophysical environment, notably through drailles or drove roads. Villages and substantial stone farmhouses on deep terraces of the Causses reflect the organization of large abbeys from the 11th century. Mont Lozère, inside the property, is one of the last places where summer transhumance is still practiced in the traditional way, using the drailles."


占地302319公顷,位于法国中南部山脉与深谷交错的地区,农牧系统与自然环境之间的纽带在这一地区得到了展现,特别是在这一地 区夏季上山放牧时,羊群走的山路更是这一纽带的直接反映。景区内的村庄以及喀斯梯田上的坚固的石头农舍体现了11世纪大修道院组织形式。洛泽尔山也位于景 观区内,是最后几个还在实行夏季游牧的地区之一。

Source UNESCO WH website

 Courtesy of igor63 from postcrossing forum

Courtesy of famalubel from Spain

1313 ES/SI - Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija (2012)

Brief Description

"The property includes the mining sites of Almadén, where mercury (quicksilver) has been extracted since Antiquity, and Idrija, where mercury was first found in 1490 A.D. The Spanish property includes buildings relating to its mining history, including Retamar Castle, religious buildings and traditional dwellings. The site in Idrija notably features mercury stores and infrastructure, as well as miners’ living quarters, and a miners’ theatre. The sites bear testimony to the intercontinental trade in mercury which generated important exchanges between Europe and America over the centuries. The two sites represent the two largest mercury mines in the world and were operational until recent times."

Source UNESCO WH website

1313rev-001     Almadén- Old Town
1313rev-002     Mina del Castillo Buildings
1313rev-003     Royal Forced Labour Gaol
1313rev-004     San Rafael Royal Hospital for Miners
1313rev-005     Bullring
1313rev-006     Idrija – Old Town
1313rev-007     Idrija – Smelting Plant
1313rev-008     Idrija – Kamšt water pump with the Rake water channel and Kobila dam
1313rev-009     Gorenja Kanomilja – Kanomilja or Ovcjak Water Barrier
1313rev-010     Vojsko – Idrijca Water Barrier
1313rev-011     Idrijska Bela – Putrih’s Water Barrier on the Belca creek
1313rev-012     Idrijska Bela – Belca Water Barrier on the Belca creek (or Brus`s Water Barrier)
Courtesy of famalubel from Spain
1313rev-002 Almadén

Courtesy of Vesna74 from Slovenia

1313rev-006 Idrija – Old Town
1313rev-008 Idrija – Kamšt water pump with the Rake water channel and Kobila dam
1313rev-009 Gorenja Kanomilja – Kanomilja or Ovcjak Water Barrier

239 IN - Group of Monuments at Pattadakal (1987)

Brief Description

"Pattadakal, in Karnataka, represents the high point of an eclectic art which, in the 7th and 8th centuries under the Chalukya dynasty, achieved a harmonious blend of architectural forms from northern and southern India. An impressive series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary, can be seen there. One masterpiece from the group stands out – the Temple of Virupaksha, built c. 740 by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband's victory over the kings from the South."


"位于卡纳塔克邦的帕塔达卡尔建筑群,代表了公元7世纪至8世纪遮娄其王朝时期折衷艺术的顶峰。这些折衷艺术建筑风格把印度南北方的 建筑形式综合协调。在那里可见到9座令人印象深刻的印度教庙宇和1座耆那教神殿。最为突出的维鲁巴克沙寺庙建于公元740年,是罗卡玛哈德维王后为纪念她 的丈夫战胜南方的国王们而建的。"

Source UNESCO WH website

Courtesy of nagi from India

1342 IN - Western Ghats (2012)

Brief Description

Older than the Himalaya mountains, the mountain chain of the Western Ghats represents geomorphic features of immense importance with unique biophysical and ecological processes. The site’s high montane forest ecosystems influence the Indian monsoon weather pattern. Moderating the tropical climate of the region, it presents one of the best examples of the monsoon system in the planet. The site also has an exceptionally high level of biological diversity and endemism. It is recognized as one of the world’s eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity. The forests of the site include some of the best representatives of non-equatorial tropical evergreen forests anywhere and are home to at least 325 globally threatened flora, fauna, bird, amphibian, reptile and fish species.

Source UNESCO WH website

Total 39 subsites
    Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve
    Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
    Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
    Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
    Kulathupuzha Range
    Palode Range
    Periyar Tiger Reserve
    Ranni Forest Division
    Konni Forest Division
    Achankovil Forest Division
    Srivilliputtur Wildlife Sanctuary
    Tirunelveli (North) Forest Division (part)
    Eravikulam National Park (and proposed extension)
    Grass Hills National Park
    Karian Shola National Park
    Karian Shola (part of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary)
    Mankulam Range
    Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
    Mannavan Shola
    Silent Valley National Park
    New Amarambalam Reserved Forest
    Mukurti National Park
    Kalikavu Range
    Attapadi Reserved Forest
    Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
    Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
    Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
    Padinalknad Reserved Forest
    Kerti Reserved Forest
    Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
    Kudremukh National Park
    Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary
    Someshwara Reserved Forest
    Agumbe Reserved Forest
    Balahalli Reserved Forest
    File:Kas Plateau
    Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
    Chandoli National Park
    Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary
 Courtesy of nagi from India
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Tea plantation with the view of Eravikulam National Park

Sunday, 22 July 2012

EE1852 - Baltic Klint (2004)

Courtesy of nurr from Estonia

BY1900 - Architectural ensemble of Francysk Scaryna avenue in Minsk (1940's -1950's) (2004)

Independence Avenue (Minsk)
- Church of Holy Trinity, Minsk
- Independence square, Minsk,
- The House of Government and Minsk City Hall,
- KGB headquarters, Minsk
- October square, Minsk
- Belarus State Circus
- Victory Square, Minsk
- Yakub Kolas Square
- Kalinin square, Minsk
- Maskoŭski bus station National Library, Minsk
Courtesy of VulpesZerda from Belarus
Victory Square, Minsk

Courtesy of Prosto_Natasha from Belarus

Courtesy of leleek from Belarus

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

CN5328 The Ancient Waterfront Towns Zhouzhuang & Luzhi available for swap

CN5328-1-01 Zhouzhuang (1 available)

CN5328-1-02 Zhouzhuang (1 available)

CN5328-1-03 Zhouzhuang (1 available)

CN5328-1-04 Zhouzhuang (1 available)

CN5328-1-05 Zhouzhuang (1 available)

CN5328-1-06 Zhouzhuang (1 available)

CN5328-1-07 Zhouzhuang (1 available)

CN5328-1-08 Zhouzhuang (1 available)

CN5328-2-01 Luzhi (1 available)

CN5328-2-02 Luzhi (0 available)
05/08/13 1 postcard on its way to Diaboluke in exchange for Armenia unesco tentative site (received)

Saturday, 14 July 2012

CN1624 Yangtze Gorges Scenic Spot available for swap

CN1624-01 Yangtze Gorges Scenic Spot (1 available)

700 PE - Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana (1994)

Brief Description

"Located in the arid Peruvian coastal plain, some 400 km south of Lima, the geoglyphs of Nasca and the pampas of Jumana cover about 450 km2 . These lines, which were scratched on the surface of the ground between 500 B.C. and A.D. 500, are among archaeology's greatest enigmas because of their quantity, nature, size and continuity. The geoglyphs depict living creatures, stylized plants and imaginary beings, as well as geometric figures several kilometres long. They are believed to have had ritual astronomical functions."


"纳斯卡和朱马纳大草原在利马以南约400公里,位于秘鲁海岸的干旱草原上,占地约450平方公里。这些线条图大约刻于公元前500 年到公元500年之间,就其数量、自然状态、大小以及连续性来说,它们是考古学中最难解开的谜团之一。有些线条图描述了活着的动物、植物,想像的形象,还 有数公里长的几何图形。这些物品被认为是用于与天文学有关的宗教仪式。"
Source UNESCO WH website
Courtesy of Perfecta from France

Thursday, 12 July 2012

CN5335 Chinese Section of the Silk Road available for swap

CN5335-XJ-01 Ancient City of Jiao River - Turpan City 交河故城 (0 available)
20/09/12 1 postcard on its way to Diaboluke (received) in exchange for Orvieto (Completed)

CN5335-XJ-02 Ancient City of Gaochang 高昌故城 (0 available)
13/08/12 1 postcard on its way to famalubel (received) in exchange for Catalan Romanesque Churches Vall de Boi (Completed)
20/09/12 1 postcard on its way to Diaboluke (received) in exchange for Otranto (Completed)

CN5335-XJ-10 Bezeklik Grottoes 柏孜克里千佛洞 (0 available)
13/08/12 1 postcard on its way to famalubel (received) in exchange for Catalan Romanesque Churches Vall de Boi (Completed)
20/09/12 1 postcard on its way to Diaboluke (received) in exchange for Salento (Completed)

CN5347 Karez Wells available for swap

CN5347-01 Karez Wells (0 available)
10/09/12 1 postcard on its way to Diaboluke (received) in exchange for Agios lot (Completed)
18/12/12 1 postcard on its way to Gosia (received) in exchange for Sacro Monte della SS.Trinità, Ghiffa (Completed)

Saturday, 7 July 2012

CN1003 Longmen Grottoes available for swap

CN1003 Longmen Grottoes (1 available) ticket to the site with postcage stamp on the back, smaller size postcard (18x8 cm)

Friday, 6 July 2012

928 CR - Area de Conservación Guanacaste (1999)

Brief Description

"The Area de Conservación Guanacaste (inscribed in 1999), was extended with the addition of a 15,000 ha private property, St Elena. It contains important natural habitats for the conservation of biological diversity, including the best dry forest habitats from Central America to northern Mexico and key habitats for endangered or rare plant and animal species. The site demonstrates significant ecological processes in both its terrestrial and marine-coastal environments."


"此保护区于1999年被列入世界遗产,现新增一块面积达15 000公顷的私人土地——圣艾雷那(St Elena)。这里有着保护生物多样性的重要自然栖息地,包括从中美洲蔓延到墨西哥北部的最佳旱地森林栖息地,以及一些濒危或珍稀动植物的主要栖息地。这 个地方的陆地和海岸环境展示了重要的生态过程。"

Source UNESCO WH website
Courtesy of elisake from Costa Rica
Santa Rosa National Park

1150 GB - Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City (2004)

Brief Description

"Six areas in the historic centre and docklands of the maritime mercantile City of Liverpool bear witness to the development of one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries. Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire and became the major port for the mass movement of people, e.g. slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America. Liverpool was a pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems and port management. The listed sites feature a great number of significant commercial, civic and public buildings, including St George’s Plateau."


"利物浦海上商城的历史中心分为6个区,见证了18世纪至19世纪世界主要贸易中心的发展历程。利物浦在英联邦的发展史上扮演着重要 角色,并成为运送大量人口的主要港口,例如从北欧向美洲运送奴隶和移民。利物浦是现代船舶技术、运输系统和港口管理发展的先驱。这些遗产以大量重要的商 业、民用和公用建筑而著称,包括圣乔治高原。"

Source UNESCO WH website
Courtesy of Bärbel from Liverpool, England 

1367 PT - Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications (2012)

Brief Description

"The site, extensively fortified from the 17th to 19th centuries, represents the largest bulwarked dry ditch system in the work. Within its walls, the town contains barracks and other military buildings as well as churches and monasteries. While Elvas contains remains dating back to the 10th century A.D., its fortification began when Portugal regained independence in 1640. The fortifications designed by Dutch Jesuit Padre João Piscásio Cosmander represent the best surviving example of the Dutch school of fortifications anywhere. The site also contains the Amoreira Aqueduct, built to enable the stronghold to withstand lengthy sieges."

Source UNESCO WH website

Courtesy of Lidia from Portugal