Thursday, 27 June 2013

CN5802 - The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (2013)


1418 JP - Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration (2013)

Brief Description

"The beauty of the solitary, often snow-capped, stratovolcano, known around the world as Mount Fuji, rising above villages and tree-fringed sea and lakes has long inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimages. Its representation in Japanese art goes back to the 11th century but 19th century wood block prints have made Fujisan become an internationally recognized icon of Japan and have had a deep impact on the development of Western art. The inscribed property consists of 25 sites which reflect the essence of Fujisan’s sacred landscape. In the 12th century, Fujisan became the centre of training for ascetic Buddhism, which included Shinto elements. On the upper 1,500-metre tier of the 3,776m mountain, pilgrim routes and crater shrines have been inscribed alongside sites around the base of the mountain including Sengen-jinja shrines, Oshi lodging houses, and natural volcanic features such as lava tree moulds, lakes, springs and waterfalls, which are revered as sacred."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1418

Fujisan Moutain view from Lake Kawaguchiko

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

CN5534 Xinjiang Tianshan available for swap

CN5534-3-01 Tianshan Tianchi National Park (0 available)
10/08/12 1 postcard on its way to famalubel (received) in exchange for Churches of Valley de Boi (Completed)

CN5534-3-02 Tianshan Tianchi National Park (0 available)
20/09/12 1 postcard on its way to Diaboluke (received) in exchange for Jerash (Completed)

CN5534-4-01 Bayinbuluke National Nature Reserve (0 available)19/03/12 1 postcard on its way to Childish (received) in exchange for another unesco tentative (Completed)

CN5534-4-02 Bayinbuluke National Nature Reserve (0 available)
10/08/12 1 postcard on its way to famalubel (received) in exchange for Churches of Valley de Boi (Completed)

CN5534-5-01 Sayram National Park 赛里木国家公园(0 available)
10/08/12 1 postcard on its way to famalubel (received) in exchange for Churches of Valley de Boi (Completed)

CN5534-5-02 Sayram National Park 赛里木国家公园(0 available)
20/09/12 1 postcard on its way to Diaboluke (received) in exchange for Azraq (Completed)

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

CN5816 - Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State: Site at Jinsha and Joint Tombs of Boat- shaped Coffins in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province; Site of Sanxingdui in Guanghan City, Sichuan Province 29C.BC-5C.BC (2013)

Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State: Site at Jinsha
Joint Tombs of Boat- shaped Coffins in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province;
Site of Sanxingdui in Guanghan City, Sichuan Province 29C.BC-5C.BC

 Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State: Site at Jinsha






















Site of Sanxingdui in Guanghan City, Sichuan Province

1414 CN - Xinjiang Tianshan (2013)

Brief Description

"Xinjiang Tianshan comprises four components—Tomur, Kalajun-Kuerdening, Bayinbukuke and Bogda— that total 606,833 hectares. They are part of the Tianshan mountain system of Central Asia, one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. Xinjiang Tianshan presents unique physical geographic features and scenically beautiful areas including spectacular snow and snowy mountains glacier-capped peaks, undisturbed forests and meadows, clear rivers and lakes and red bed canyons. These landscapes contrast with the vast adjacent desert landscapes, creating a striking visual contrast between hot and cold environments, dry and wet, desolate and luxuriant. The landforms and ecosystems of the site have been preserved since the Pliocene epoch and present an outstanding example of ongoing biological and ecological evolutionary processes. The site also extends into the Taklimakan Desert, one of the world’s largest and highest deserts, known for its large dune forms and great dust storms. Xinjiang Tianshan is moreover an important habitat for endemic and relic flora species, some rare and endangered."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1414 

1414-001     Tomur 托木尔峰自然保护区
1414-002     Kalajun-Kuerdening 喀拉峻-库尔德宁自然保护区 (雪岭云杉)
1414-003     Bayinbuluke 巴音布鲁克自然保护区
1414-004     Bogda 天山天池国家公园 博格达峰自然保护区

Mount Tomur 托木尔峰
汗腾格里峰
Kuerdening 库尔德宁风景区  - Nalaty National Park 那拉提国家公园
Bayinbuluke National Nature Reserve 巴音布鲁克自然保护区-Swan lake天鹅湖
Bayinbuluke National Nature Reserve 巴音布鲁克自然保护区-开都河

Tianshan Tianchi National Park 天山天池国家公园




1427 IT - Mount Etna (2013)

Brief Description

"Mount Etna is an iconic site encompassing 19,237 uninhabited hectares on the highest part of Mount Etna, on the eastern coast of Sicily. Mount Etna is the highest Mediterranean island mountain and the most active stratovolcano in the world. The eruptive history of the volcano can be traced back 500,000 years and at least 2,700 years of this activity has been documented. The almost continuous eruptive activity of Mount Etna continues to influence volcanology, geophysics and other Earth science disciplines. The volcano also supports important terrestrial ecosystems including endemic flora and fauna and its activity makes it a natural laboratory for the study of ecological and biological processes. The diverse and accessible range of volcanic features such as summit craters, cinder cones, lava flows and the Valle de Bove depression have made the site a prime destination for research and education."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1427

1424 PL - Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine (2013)

Brief Description

"Situated in the eastern fringe of eastern Europe, the transnational property numbers a selection of 16 tserkvas, churches, built of horizontal wooden logs between the 16th and 19th centuries by communities of the Eastern Orthodox and Greek Catholic faiths. They represent the cultural expression of four ethnographic groups and the formal, decorative and technical characteristics they developed over time. The tserkvas bear testimony to a distinct building tradition rooted in Orthodox ecclesiastic design interwoven with elements of local tradition, and symbolic references to their communities’ cosmogony. The tserkvaare built on a tri-partite plan surmounted by open quadrilateral or octagonal domes and cupolas. They feature wooden bell towers, iconostasis screens, and interior polychrome decorations as well as churchyards, gatehouses and graveyards."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1424  

1424-001     Brunary Wyżne-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel
1424-002     Chotyniec-Tserkva of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1424-003     Drohobych-Tserkva of Saint George
1424-004     Kwiatoń-Tserkva of Saint Paraskeva
1424-005     Matkiv-Tserkva of the Synaxis of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1424-006     Nyzhniy Verbizh-Tserkva of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1424-007     Owczary-Tserkva of Our Lady’s Protection
1424-008     Potelych-Tserkva of the Descent of the Holy Spirit
1424-009     Powroźnik-Tserkva of Saint James the Less, the Apostle
1424-010     Radruż-Tserkva of Saint Paraskeva
1424-011     Rohatyn-Tserkva of the Descent of the Holy Spirit
1424-012     Smolnik-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel
1424-013     Turzańsk-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel
1424-014     Uzhok-Tserkva of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael
1424-015     Yasynia-Tserkva of Our Lord’s Ascension
1424-016     Zhovkva-Tserkva of the Holy Trinity 

Courtesy of wanda164 from postcrossing forum
1424-012     Smolnik-Tserkva of Saint Michael the Archangel

1413 DE - Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (2013)

Brief Description

"Descending a long hill dominated by a giant statue of Hercules, the monumental water displays of Wilhelmshöhe were begun by Landgrave Carl of Hesse-Kassel in 1689 around an east-west axis and were developed further into the 19th century. Reservoirs and channels behind the Hercules Monument supply water to a complex system of hydro-pneumatic devices that supply the site’s large Baroque water theatre, grotto, fountains and 350-metre long Grand Cascade. Beyond this, channels and waterways wind across the axis, feeding a series of dramatic waterfalls and wild rapids, the geyser-like Grand Fountain which leaps 50m high, the lake and secluded ponds that enliven the Romantic garden created in the 18th century by Carl’s great-grandson, Elector Wilhelm I. The great size of the park and its waterworks along with the towering Hercules statue constitute an expression of the ideals of absolutist Monarchy while the ensemble is a remarkable testimony to the aesthetics of the Baroque and Romantic periods."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1413

Courtesy of Katzendiener from Germany


Monday, 24 June 2013

1387 PT - University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia (2013)

Brief Description

"Situated on a hill overlooking the city, the University of Coimbra with its colleges grew and evolved over more than seven centuries within the old town. Notable university buildings include the 12th century Cathedral of Santa Cruz and a number of 16th century colleges,  the Royal Palace of Alcáçova, which has housed the University since 1537, the Joanine Library with its rich baroque decor, the 18th century Botanical Garden and University Press, as well as the large “University City” created during the 1940s. The University’s edifices became a reference in the development of other institutions of higher education in the Portuguese-speaking world where it also exerted a major influence on learning and literature. Coimbra offers an outstanding example of an integrated university city with a specific urban typology as well as its own ceremonial and cultural traditions that have been kept alive through the ages."
Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1387 
1387-001     Porta Férrea, Paço das Escolas (Alta)
1387-002     Santa Clara Monastery (Sofia)

Courtesy of miceu from postcrossing forum
Courtyard of the old Royal Palace turned University

1411 UA - Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora (2013)

Brief Description

"The site features the remains of a city founded by Dorian Greeks in the 5th century BC on the northern shores of the Black Sea. It encompasses six component sites with urban remains and agricultural lands divided into several hundreds of chora, rectangular plots of equal size. The plots supported vineyards whose production was exported by the city which thrived until the 15th century. The site features several public building complexes and residential neighbourhoods, as well as early Christian monuments alongside remains from Stone and Bronze Age settlements; Roman and medieval tower fortifications and water supply systems; and exceptionally well-preserved examples of vineyard planting and dividing walls. In the 3rd century AD, the site was known as the most productive wine centre of the Black Sea and remained a hub of exchange between the Greek, Roman and Byzantine Empires and populations north of the Black Sea. It is an outstanding example of democratic land organization linked to an ancient polis, reflecting the city’s social organization."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1411

Courtesy of gapusik from postcrossing forum
Area of the city of Tauric Chersonese
stamp in the middle showing Saint-Sophia Cathedral

1111 CN - Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (2013)

Brief Description

"The Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China covers 16,603-hectares in Southern Yunnan. It is marked by spectacular terraces that cascade down the slopes of the towering Ailao Mountains to the banks of the Hong River. Over the past 1,300 years, the Hani people have developed a complex system of channels to bring water from the forested mountaintops to the terraces. They have also created an integrated farming system that involves buffalos, cattle, ducks, fish and eel and supports the production of red rice, the area’s primary crop. The inhabitants worship the sun, moon, mountains, rivers, forests and other natural phenomena including fire. They live in 82 villages situated between the mountaintop forests and the terraces. The villages feature traditional thatched “mushroom” houses. The resilient land management system of the rice terraces demonstrates extraordinary harmony between people and their environment, both visually and ecologically, based on exceptional and long-standing social and religious structures."

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1111