Thursday, 30 August 2012

1369 AU - Ningaloo Coast (2011)

Brief Description

"The 604,500 hectare marine and terrestrial property of Ningaloo Coast, on the remote western coast of Australia, includes one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world. On land the site features an extensive karst system and network of underground caves and water courses. Annual gatherings of whale sharks occur at Ningaloo Coast, which is home to numerous marine species, among them a wealth of sea turtles. The terrestrial part of the site features subterranean water bodies with a substantial network of caves, conduits, and groundwater streams. They support a variety of rare species that contribute to the exceptional biodiversity of the marine and terrestrial site"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1369

Courtesy of Yan on her trip to Ningaloo
Ningaloo Marine Park - Bills Bay
Cape Range National Park - Osprey Bay
Cape Range National Park - Turquoise Bay
Cape Range National Park - Shothole Canyon

Cape Range National Park - Charles Knife Canyon
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

Saturday, 25 August 2012

910 KN - Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park (1999)

Brief Description

"Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is an outstanding, well-preserved example of 17th- and 18th-century military architecture in a Caribbean context. Designed by the British and built by African slave labour, the fortress is testimony to European colonial expansion, the African slave trade and the emergence of new societies in the Caribbean."

硫磺石山要塞国家公园

"硫磺石山国家公园是17世纪和18世纪出现于加勒比海的军事建筑得到完好保存的典型范例。这座公园由英国设计师设计、大批的非洲奴隶建造,要塞证实了欧洲殖民地的扩张、非洲的奴隶交易以及加勒比海地区新型社会制度的出现。"
Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/910
Courtesy of GilLes from Belgium

Monday, 13 August 2012

1379 DE - Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (2012)

Brief Description

"A masterpiece of Baroque theatre architecture, built between 1745 and 1750, the Opera House is the only entirely preserved example of its type where an audience of 500 can experience Baroque court opera culture and acoustics authentically, as its auditorium retains its original materials, i.e. wood and canvas. Commissioned by Margravine Wilhelmine, wife of Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg–Beyreuth, it was designed by the renowned theatre architect Giuseppe Galli Bibiena. As a court opera house in a public space, it foreshadowed the large public theatres of the 19th century. The highly decorated theatre’s tiered loge structure of wood with illusionistic painted canvas represents the ephemeral ceremonial architectural tradition that was employed in pageants and celebrations for princely self-representation."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1379
Courtesy of Roverandom from Germany

1362 JP - Ogasawara Islands (2011)

Brief Description

"The property numbers more than 30 islands clustered in three groups and covers surface area of 7,939 hectares. The islands offer a variety of landscapes and are home to a wealth of fauna, including the Bonin Flying Fox, a critically endangered bat, and 195 endangered bird species. Four-hundred and forty-one native plant taxa have been documented on the islands whose waters support numerous species of fish, cetaceans and corals. Ogasawara Islands' ecosystems reflect a range of evolutionary processes illustrated through its assemblage of plant species from both southeast and northwest Asia, alongside many endemic species."

Ogasawara Islands,日本

"小笠原群岛(Ogasawara Islands,日本)由三组共30多座岛屿组成,覆盖面积7393公顷。岛屿自然景观丰富多样,是一种属于极危物种的蝙蝠——小笠原大蝙蝠(Bonin Flying Fox),以及195种濒危鸟类等大量动物栖息的家园。在这些岛屿上已发现并记录了441种当地特有的植物类群,在其周边水域中生活着种类繁多的鱼类、鲸 目动物和珊瑚。小笠原群岛的生态系统体现了一系列的生物进化过程,主要表现在这里不仅有着来自东南亚地区与西北亚地区的植物物种,同时还生长着大量当地特 有物种。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1362
Courtesy of Claus from Germany


2 EC - City of Quito (1978)

Brief Description

"Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art."

基多旧城

"厄瓜多尔的首都基多城海拔2850米,是在16世纪一个印加城市的废墟上建立起来的。尽管历经了1917年的地震,基多仍然是拉丁 美洲保存最好、变化最小的历史中心。圣弗朗西斯修道院和圣多明各修道院,拉孔帕尼亚的教堂和耶酥会学院,连同这些建筑华丽的内部装饰都成为了“基多巴洛克 风格”的纯正典范,完美地融合了西班牙、意大利、摩尔人式、佛兰德和当地艺术。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/2
Courtesy of Claus from Germany

1100 BR - Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea (2012)

Brief Description

"The site consists of an exceptional urban setting encompassing the key natural elements that have shaped and inspired the development of the city: from the highest points of the Tijuca National Park’s mountains down to the sea. They also include the Botanical Gardens, established in 1808, Corcovado Mountain with its celebrated statue of Christ, and the hills around Guanabara Bay, including the extensive designed landscapes along Copacabana Bay which have contributed to the outdoor living culture of this spectacular city. Rio de Janeiro is also recognized for the artistic inspiration it has provided to musicians, landscapers and urbanists."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1100
Courtesy of Claus from Germany

Sunday, 5 August 2012

CN1388 Chengjiang Fossil Site available for swap

CN1388-1MC Chengjiang Fossil (2 available) only swap for 2 normal unesco cards or 1 unesco maximum card
22/07/12 1 postcard on its way to elbe (Completed)
13/08/12 1 postcard on its way to famalubel (Completed)
10/09/12 1 postcard on its way to Diaboluke (received)in exchange for Church of nativity (Completed)
06/09/13 1 postcard on its way to Childish in exchange for Bulgaria Srebarna

1388 CN - Chengjiang Fossil Site (2012)

Brief Description

“A hilly 512 ha site in Yunnan province, Chengjiang’s fossils present the most complete record of an early Cambrian marine community with exceptionally preserved biota, displaying the anatomy of hard and soft tissues in a very wide variety of organisms, invertebrate and vertebrate. They record the early establishment of a complex marine ecosystem. The site documents at least sixteen phyla and a variety of enigmatic groups as well as about 196 species, presenting exceptional testimony to the rapid diversification of life on Earth 530 million years ago, when almost all of today’s major animal groups emerged. It opens a palaeobiological window of great significance to scholarship.”

 Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1388

Thursday, 2 August 2012

202 LK - Ancient City of Sigiriya (1982)

Brief Description

"The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 370 m high (the 'Lion's Rock', which dominates the jungle from all sides). A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site."

锡吉里亚古城

"锡吉里亚古城是弑亲的迦叶波一世(公元477-495年)时所建国都的遗址。锡吉里亚古城遗址位处陡峭的斜坡之上,位于高达370米的花岗岩山峰峰顶“狮子岩”上,这里人们可以从四面俯视整个丛林。用砖和灰泥修筑的长廊和台阶从巨狮口中延伸而出,通向锡吉里亚古城遗址 。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/202
Courtesy of rita_simões from Portugal

1386 PW - Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (2012)

Brief Description

"Rock Islands Southern Lagoon covers 100,200 ha and includes 445 uninhabited limestone islands of volcanic origin. Many of them display unique mushroom-like shapes in turquoise lagoons surrounded by coral reefs. The aesthetic beauty of the site is heightened by a complex reef system featuring over 385 coral species and different types of habitat. They sustain a large diversity of plants, birds and marine life including dugong and at least thirteen shark species. The site harbours the highest concentration of marine lakes anywhere, isolated bodies of seawater separated from the ocean by land barriers. They are among the islands’ distinctive features and sustain high endemism of populations which continue to yield new species discoveries. The remains of stonework villages, as well as burial sites and rock art, bear testimony to the organization of small island communities over some three millennia. The abandonment of the villages in the 17th and 18th centuries illustrates the consequences of climate change, population growth and subsistence behaviour on a society living in a marginal marine environment."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1386
Courtesy of rita_simões from Portugal

586 PK - Rohtas Fort (1997)

Brief Description

"Following his defeat of the Mughal emperor Humayun in 1541, Sher Shah Suri built a strong fortified complex at Rohtas, a strategic site in the north of what is now Pakistan. It was never taken by storm and has survived intact to the present day. The main fortifications consist of the massive walls, which extend for more than 4 km; they are lined with bastions and pierced by monumental gateways. Rohtas Fort, also called Qila Rohtas, is an exceptional example of early Muslim military architecture in Central and South Asia."

罗赫达斯要塞

"谢尔沙阿–苏里在1541年打败了莫卧儿皇帝胡马雍之后,在罗赫达斯建立了一个防守森严的城堡。罗赫达斯位于今天的巴基斯坦北部, 是一个战略要地。这个地方从未被风暴袭击过,因而完整地保留到今天。这座城堡的主要防御工事由超过四公里长的厚厚的城墙组成,与棱堡相连,并建有宏伟的城 门。要塞,又名为奇拉·赫达斯,是中亚和南亚地区穆斯林早期军事建筑中的一个特别的例子。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/586
Courtesy of rita_simões from Portugal

ID2006 - Wakatobi National Park (2005)

Courtesy of shinta from Indonesia

ID2007 - Derawan Islands (2005)

Courtesy of shinta from Indonesia

ID5466 - Trowulan Former Capital City of Majapahit Kingdom (2009)

Courtesy of shinta from Indonesia

ID296 - Besakih (1995)

Courtesy of shinta from Indonesia
Mother Temple of Besakih

ID289 - Great Mosque of Demak (1995)

Courtesy of shinta from Indonesia

ID287 - Ratu Boko Temple Complex (1995)

Courtesy of shinta from Indonesia

BY1894 - Kamyanets Tower (2004)

Courtesy of hairy_friend from Belarus