Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Greece: Archaeological Site of Olympia

The site of Olympia, in a valley in the Peloponnesus, has been inhabited since prehistoric times. In the 10th century B.C., Olympia became a centre for the worship of Zeus. The Altis – the sanctuary to the gods – has one of the highest concentrations of masterpieces from the ancient Greek world. In addition to temples, there are the remains of all the sports structures erected for the Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia every four years beginning in 776 B.C. Source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1989


Thanks to Ms Elena.

Greece: Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns

The archaeological sites of Mycenae and Tiryns are the imposing ruins of the two greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century B.C. and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. These two cities are indissolubly linked to the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey , which have influenced European art and literature for more than three millennia. Source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1999
Poatcard: 1

Thanks to Ms Elena.
Postcard 2
Thanks to Ms Jenna

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Armenia: Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin

These two Byzantine monasteries in the Tumanian region from the period of prosperity during the Kiurikian dynasty (10th to 13th century) were important centres of learning. Sanahin was renown for its school of illuminators and calligraphers. The two monastic complexes represent the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture, whose unique style developed from a blending of elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the Caucasian region. Source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1996 Extn: 2000

Postcard 1: Haghpat

Thanks to Ms Vahram of Armenia.
Postcard 2: Sanahin

Thanks to Mr Leoned.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

South Korea: Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple

Established in the 8th century on the slopes of Mount Toham, the Seokguram Grotto contains a monumental statue of the Buddha looking at the sea in the bhumisparsha mudra position. With the surrounding portrayals of gods, Bodhisattvas and disciples, all realistically and delicately sculpted in high and low relief, it is considered a masterpiece of Buddhist art in the Far East. The Temple of Bulguksa (built in 774) and the Seokguram Grotto form a religious architectural complex of exceptional significance. Source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1995
Postcard 1: Seokguram Grotto


Postcard 2: Bulguksa Temple

Thanks to Ms Hee Jin Kim

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Germany: Archaeological Border complex of Hedeby and the Danevirke

The archaeological site of Hedeby consists of the remains of an emporium – or trading town – containing traces of roads, buildings, cemeteries and a harbour dating back to the 1st and early 2nd millennia CE. It is enclosed by part of the Danevirke, a line of fortification crossing the Schleswig isthmus, which separates the Jutland Peninsula from the rest of the European mainland. Because of its unique situation between the Frankish Empire in the South and the Danish Kingdom in the North, Hedeby became a trading hub between continental Europe and Scandinavia and between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Because of its rich and well preserved archaeological material, it has become a key site for the interpretation of economic, social and historical developments in Europe during the Viking age. Source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 2018


Thanks to Mr Doris.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Cyprus: Choirokoitia

The Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia, occupied from the 7th to the 4th millennium B.C., is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean. Its remains and the finds from the excavations there have thrown much light on the evolution of human society in this key region. Since only part of the site has been excavated, it forms an exceptional archaeological reserve for future study. Source: whs.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1998 Extn: 2012

Thanks to Mr Javier.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bulgaria: Pirin National Park

Spread over an area of over 27,000 ha, at an altitude between 1008 and 2914 m in the Pirin Mountains, southwest Bulgaria, the site comprises diverse limestone mountain landscapes with glacial lakes, waterfalls, caves and predominantly coniferous forests. It was added to the World Heritage List in 1983. The extension now covers an area of around 40,000 ha in the Pirin Mountains, and overlaps with the Pirin National Park, except for two areas developed for tourism (skiing). The dominant part of the extension is high mountain territory over 2000m in altitude, and covered mostly by alpine meadows, rocky screes and summits. Source: whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1983 Extn: 2010

Thanks to Mr Javier.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Russia: Lake Baikal

Situated in south-east Siberia, the 3.15-million-ha Lake Baikal is the oldest (25 million years) and deepest (1,700 m) lake in the world. It contains 20% of the world's total unfrozen freshwater reserve. Known as the 'Galapagos of Russia', its age and isolation have produced one of the world's richest and most unusual freshwater faunas, which is of exceptional value to evolutionary science. Source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1996
Postcard 1


Thanks to Ms Lena.
Postcard 2

Thanks to Ms Larisa.

Russia: Golden Mountains of Altai

The Altai mountains in southern Siberia form the major mountain range in the western Siberia biogeographic region and provide the source of its greatest rivers – the Ob and the Irtysh. Three separate areas are inscribed: Altaisky Zapovednik and a buffer zone around Lake Teletskoye; Katunsky Zapovednik and a buffer zone around Mount Belukha; and the Ukok Quiet Zone on the Ukok plateau. The total area covers 1,611,457 ha. The region represents the most complete sequence of altitudinal vegetation zones in central Siberia, from steppe, forest-steppe, mixed forest, subalpine vegetation to alpine vegetation. The site is also an important habitat for endangered animal species such as the snow leopard. Source: whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1998
Postcard 1

Thanks to Ms Zhenya.
Postcard 2: Poperechnoye Lake

 Thanks to Ms Natalia
Postcard 3: Kucherla Lake

Thanks to Ms Ksenia

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Netherlands: Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao

The people of the Netherlands established a trading settlement at a fine natural harbour on the Caribbean island of Curaçao in 1634. The town developed continuously over the following centuries. The modern town consists of several distinct historic districts whose architecture reflects not only European urban-planning concepts but also styles from the Netherlands and from the Spanish and Portuguese colonial towns with which Willemstad engaged in trade. source: whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1997
Postcard 1: Posted from Curacao

Thanks to Mr Karin.
Postcard 2: Posted from Netherlands

Thanks to Ms Monick.

Poland: Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica

The Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica in Silesia were named after the Peace of Westphalia of 1648.
It permitted the Lutherans in the Roman Catholic parts of Silesia to build three churches from wood, loam and straw outside the city walls, without steeples and church bells. The construction time was limited to one year. Despite the physical and political constraints, three of the churches became the biggest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe due to pioneering constructional and architectural solutions.Source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 2001

Postcard 1: Jawor

Thanks to Mr Bodexs
Postcard 2: Swidnica


Thanks to Ms Monika

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Italy: Historic Centre of Siena

Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city. Its inhabitants pursued their rivalry with Florence right into the area of urban planning. Throughout the centuries, they preserved their city's Gothic appearance, acquired between the 12th and 15th centuries. During this period the work of Duccio, the Lorenzetti brothers and Simone Martini was to influence the course of Italian and, more broadly, European art. The whole city of Siena, built around the Piazza del Campo, was devised as a work of art that blends into the surrounding landscape. Source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1995

Postcard 1: Piazza del Campo

Thanks to Mr Edo.
Postcard 2
Thanks to Ms Cathy.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

France: Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)

The Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50 m high and is on three levels – the longest measuring 275 m – created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece. Source: whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1985 Ext:2007

Postcard 1

Thanks to Ms Ulla.
Postcard 2

Thanks to Ms Lucei.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Belgium: Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels)

The four major town houses - Hôtel Tassel, Hôtel Solvay, Hôtel van Eetvelde, and Maison & Atelier Horta - located in Brussels and designed by the architect Victor Horta, one of the earliest initiators of Art Nouveau, are some of the most remarkable pioneering works of architecture of the end of the 19th century. The stylistic revolution represented by these works is characterised by their open plan, the diffusion of light, and the brilliant joining of the curved lines of decoration with the structure of the building. source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 2000

Sites Included
Hôtel Tassel, 
Hôtel Solvay, 
Hôtel van Eetvelde- Received
and Maison & Atelier Horta- Received

Posctcard 1: Maison & Atelier Horta

 Thanks to Ms Catherine
Postcard 2: Hôtel van Eetvelde, Brussels 

Thanks to Ms Isa

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

France: Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars

The property encompasses sites where the method of producing sparkling wines was developed on the principle of secondary fermentation in the bottle since the early 17th century to its early industrialization in the 19th century. The property is made up of three distinct ensembles: the historic vineyards of Hautvillers, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Saint-Nicaise Hill in Reims, and the Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabrol in Epernay. These three components – the supply basin formed by the historic hillsides, the production sites (with their underground cellars) and the sales and distribution centres (the Champagne Houses) - illustrate the entire champagne production process. The property bears clear testimony to the development of a very specialized artisan activity that has become an agro-industrial enterprise. Source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 2015
 Sites include:
1.Historic vineyards of Hautvillers, 
2. Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ
3. Saint-Nicaise Hill in Reims
4. Avenue de Champagne  
5.Fort Chabrol in Épernay



Thanks to Mr Xavier who was visiting Framce.