Monday, June 18, 2018

India: Red Fort Complex

Red Fort is a historic fort in the city of Delhi in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1856. It is located in the center of Delhi and houses a number of museums. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political center of the Mughal state and the setting for events critically impacting the region. Constructed in 1639 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad, the Red Fort is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone. Every year on the Independence day of India (15 August), the Prime Minister hoists the Indian "tricolour flag" at the main gate of the fort and delivers a nationally broadcast speech from its ramparts. source:Wikipedia
Inscribed: 2007

Postcard 1

Postcard 2: Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience)

Postcard 3: Naqqar Khana (Drum House)

Postcard 4: Moti Masjid (Mosque)

Postcard 5: Interior, Diwan-i-Am (Public Audience Hall)

Postcard 6: Marble Fountain

Sunday, June 17, 2018

India: Khangchendzonga National Park

Located at the heart of the Himalayan range in northern India (State of Sikkim), the Khangchendzonga National Park includes a unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and spectacular, snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests, including the world’s third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga. Mythological stories are associated with this mountain and with a great number of natural elements (caves, rivers, lakes, etc.) that are the object of worship by the indigenous people of Sikkim. The sacred meanings of these stories and practices have been integrated with Buddhist beliefs and constitute the basis for Sikkimese identity.
Inscribed: 2016
Peaks Included
1. Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m)
2. Mt Kokthang (6148m)
3. Mt Pandim (6691m)

Postcard 1: Mt Kanchenjunga 

I posted this card when I visited Pelling, Sikkim in 2010.

Postcard 2: Mt Pandim

Saturday, June 16, 2018

China: China Danxia

China Danxia is the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red terrigenous sedimentary beds influenced by endogenous forces (including uplift) and exogenous forces (including weathering and erosion). The inscribed site comprises six areas found in the sub-tropical zone of south-west China. They are characterized by spectacular red cliffs and a range of erosional landforms, including dramatic natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls. These rugged landscapes have helped to conserve sub-tropical broad-leaved evergreen forests, and host many species of flora and fauna, about 400 of which are considered rare or threatened.
Inscribed: 2010

Thanks to Son.

China: Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth”

Mount Songshang is considered to be the central sacred mountain of China. At the foot of this 1500 metre high mountain, close to the city of Dengfeng in Henan province and spread over a 40 square-kilometre circle, stand eight clusters of buildings and sites, including three Han Que gates - remains of the oldest religious edifices in China -, temples, the Zhougong Sundial Platform and the Dengfeng Observatory. Constructed over the course of nine dynasties, these buildings are reflections of different ways of perceiving the centre of heaven and earth and the power of the mountain as a centre for religious devotion. The historical monuments of Dengfeng include some of the best examples of ancient Chinese buildings devoted to ritual, science, technology and education.
Inscribed: 2010

Thanks to Chen Shan

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Spain: Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada

Rising above the modern lower town, the Alhambra and the Albaycín, situated on two adjacent hills, form the medieval part of Granada. To the east of the Alhambra fortress and residence are the magnificent gardens of the Generalife, the former rural residence of the emirs who ruled this part of Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. The residential district of the Albaycín is a rich repository of Moorish vernacular architecture, into which the traditional Andalusian architecture blends harmoniously.
Inscribed: 1984 Extn: 1994

Postcard 1: Alhambra

Postcard 2: Albayzín

Thanks to Ms Fabinne.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Spain: Garajonay National Park

Laurel forest covers some 70% of this park, situated in the middle of the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands archipelago. The presence of springs and numerous streams assures a lush vegetation resembling that of the Tertiary, which, due to climatic changes, has largely disappeared from southern Europe.
Inscribed: 1986

Thanks to Ms Eule of Germany.

Vietnam: Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.
Inscribed: 1994 Ext: 2000

Postcard 1

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya
Postcard 2

Thanks to my friend Vishwanath Kamath who was visiting Vietnam.

Vietnam: My Son Sanctuary

Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence.
Inscribed: 1999

Thanks to MS Helen of Australia

Vietnam: Complex of Hué Monuments

Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty. source:
Inscribed: 1993

Postcard 1

Postcard 2

Postcard 3
Thanks to Ms Helen of Australia.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Australia: Heard and McDonald Islands

Heard Island and McDonald Islands are located in the Southern Ocean, approximately 1,700 km from the Antarctic continent and 4,100 km south-west of Perth. As the only volcanically active subantarctic islands they ‘open a window into the earth’, thus providing the opportunity to observe ongoing geomorphic processes and glacial dynamics. The distinctive conservation value of Heard and McDonald – one of the world’s rare pristine island ecosystems – lies in the complete absence of alien plants and animals, as well as human impact.
Inscribed: 1997

Thanks to Ms Helen for sending this lovely Maxium Card.

Australia: Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte)

Riversleigh and Naracoorte, situated in the north and south respectively of eastern Australia, are among the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites. They are a superb illustration of the key stages of evolution of Australia’s unique fauna.
Inscribed: 1994

Thanks to Ms Helen. The card  shows Naracoorte Fossil Site.

Russia/ Mongolia: Landscapes of Dauria

Shared between Mongolia and the Russian Federation, this site is an outstanding example of the Daurian Steppe eco-region, which extends from eastern Mongolia into Russian Siberia and northeastern China. Cyclical climate changes, with distinct dry and wet periods lead to a wide diversity of species and ecosystems of global significance. The different types of steppe ecosystems represented, such as grassland and forest, as well as lakes and wetlands serve as habitats for rare species of fauna, such as the White-naped crane, Great Bustard, Relict Gull and Swan goose, as well as millions of vulnerable, endangered or threatened migratory birds. It is also a critical site on the transboundary migration path for the Mongolian gazelle.
Inscribed: 2017

Thanks to Ms Vera Nosenko

Russia: Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of Sviyazhsk

The Assumption Cathedral is located in the town-island of Sviyazhsk and is part of the monastery of the same name. Situated at the confluence of the Volga, the Sviyaga and the Shchuka rivers, at the crossroads of the Silk and Volga routes, Sviyazhsk was founded by Ivan the Terrible in 1551. It was from this outpost that he initiated the conquest of the Kazan Khanate. The Assumption Monastery illustrates in its location and architectural composition the political and missionary programme developed by Tsar Ivan IV to extend the Moscow state. The cathedral’s frescoes are among the rarest examples of Eastern Orthodox mural paintings.
Inscribed: 2017

Thanks to Ms Vera Nosenko

Spain: Works of Antoni Gaudí

Seven properties built by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in or near Barcelona testify to Gaudí’s exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These monuments represent an eclectic, as well as a very personal, style which was given free reign in the design of gardens, sculpture and all decorative arts, as well as architecture. 
The seven buildings are: 
1. Parque Güell;- Received
2. Palacio Güell; 
3. Casa Mila; 
4. Casa Vicens; 
5. Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and- Received
Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; 
6. Casa Batlló; 
7. Crypt in Colonia Güell.
Inscribed: 1984 Extn: 2005

Postcard 1: Nativity Facade (Sagrada Familia)

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya for this extra long card.
Postcard 2: Interiors, Sargada Familia

Thanks to Ms Mary.
Postcard 3: Multiview, Parque Güell

Thanks to Ms Ana Santos.

Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

Albania/ Austria/ Belgium/ Bulgaria/ Croatia/ Germany/ Italy/ Romania/ Slovakia/ Slovenia/ Spain/ Ukraine:
This transboundary extension of the World Heritage site of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany (Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine) now stretches over 12 countries. Since the end of the last Ice Age, European beech spread from a few isolated refuges in the Alps, Carpathians, Mediterranean and Pyrenees over a short period of a few thousand years in a process that is still ongoing. This successful expansion is related to the tree’s flexibility and tolerance of different climatic, geographical and physical conditions. Source:
Inscribed: 2007 Ext-2011, 2017

Postcard 1: Soignes Forest, Begium

Thanks to Mr Javier.
Postcard 3: Jasmund National Park, Germany

Thanks to Ms 
Postcard 4: Slovakia

Postcard from Radio Slovakia.
Postcard 5: Ukraine

Thanks to Mr Sergei.