Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Germany/ Czech Republic: Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region

Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (Ore Mountains) spans a region in south-eastern Germany (Saxony) and north-western Czechia, which contains a wealth of several metals exploited through mining from the Middle Ages onwards. The region became the most important source of silver ore in Europe from 1460 to 1560. Mining was the trigger for technological and scientific innovations transferred worldwide. Tin was historically the second metal to be extracted and processed at the site. At the end of the 19th century, the region became a major global producer of uranium. The cultural landscape of the Ore Mountains has been deeply shaped by 800 years of almost continuous mining, from the 12th to the 20th century, with mining, pioneering water management systems, innovative mineral processing and smelting sites, and mining cities. Source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 2019
1. Dippoldiswalde Medieval Silver Mines
2. Altenberg-Zinnwald Mining Landscape
3. Lauenstein Administrative Centre
4. Freiberg Mining Landscape- Received
5. Hoher Forst Mining Landscape
6. Schneeberg Mining Landscape
7. Schindlers Werk Smalt Works
8. Annaberg-Frohnau Mining Landscape
9. Pöhlberg Mining Landscape
10. Buchholz Mining Landscape
11. Marienberg Mining Town
12. Lauta Mining Landscape
13. Ehrenfriedersdorf Mining Landscape
14. Grünthal Silver-Copper Liquation Works
15. Eibenstock Mining Landscape
16. Rother Berg Mining Landscape
17. Uranium Mining Landscape

Czech Republic
1. Jáchymov Mining Landscape- Received
2. Abertamy Bozi Dar Horni Blatna – Mining Landscape
3. The Red Tower of Death in Ostrov
4. Krupka Mining Landscape
5. Mědník Hill Mining Landscape in Měděnec

Germany: Freiberg

Thanks to Ms Sylvia

Czech Republic: Jachymov

Thanks to Ms Helena.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Netherlands/ Germany: Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Lower German Limes

Following the left bank of the Lower Rhine River for approximately 400 km from the Rhenish Massif in Germany to the North Sea coast in the Netherlands, the transnational property consist of 102 components from one section of the frontiers of the Roman Empire, which in the 2nd century CE, stretched across Europe, the Near East, and North Africa, over 7,500 km. The property comprises military and civilian sites and infrastructure that marked the edge of Lower Germany from the 1st to 5th centuries CE. Archaeological remains in the property include military bases, forts, fortlets, towers, temporary camps, roads, harbours, a fleet base, a canal, and an aqueduct, as well as civilian settlements, towns, cemeteries, sanctuaries, an amphitheatre, and a palace. Almost all of these archaeological remains are buried underground. Waterlogged deposits in the property have enabled a high degree of preservation of both structural and organic materials from the Roman periods of occupation and use.
Inscribed: 2021

Postcard 1: Xanten (Germany)

Postcard 2: NijmegenNetherlands

Thanks to Ms Jeroen.
Postcard 3: Netherlands

Thanks to Mr Javier.

Italy: Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles

This property is composed of eight religious and secular building complexes, within the historic walled city of Padua, which house a selection of fresco cycles painted between 1302 and 1397 by different artists for different types of patron and within buildings of diverse functions. Nevertheless, the frescos maintain a unity of style and content. They include Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel fresco cycle, considered to have marked the beginning of a revolutionary development in the history of mural painting, as well as other fresco cycles of different artists, namely Guariento di Arpo, Giusto de’ Menabuoi, Altichiero da Zevio, Jacopo Avanzi and Jacopo da Verona. As a group, these fresco cycles illustrate how, over the course of a century, fresco art developed along a new creative impetus and understanding of spatial representation. source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 2021

Postcard 1:  Basilica of St Anthony 

Postcard 2: Fresco's

Thanks to Ms Isabella.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Lithuania: Modernist Kaunas: Architecture of Optimism, 1919-1939

This property testifies to the rapid urbanization that transformed the provincial town of Kaunas into a modern city that became Lithuania’s provisional capital between the First and Second World Wars. Its community-driven transformation of an urban landscape was adapted from an earlier town layout. The quality of modern Kaunas was manifested through the spatial organization of the Naujamiestis (New Town) and Žaliakalnis (Green Hill) areas, and in public buildings, urban spaces and residences constructed during the interwar period that demonstrate a variety of styles in which the Modern Movement found architectural expression in the city. Source: whc.unesco.org
Inscribed- 2023

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Croatia: Stari Grad Plain

Stari Grad Plain on the Adriatic island of Hvar is a cultural landscape that has remained practically intact since it was first colonized by Ionian Greeks from Paros in the 4th century BC. The original agricultural activity of this fertile plain, mainly centring on grapes and olives, has been maintained since Greek times to the present. The site is also a natural reserve. The landscape features ancient stone walls and trims, or small stone shelters, and bears testimony to the ancient geometrical system of land division used by the ancient Greeks, the chora which has remained virtually intact over 24 centuries.
Inscribed : 2008

Thanks to Ms Nikola of Croatia.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Morocco: Medina of Marrakesh

Founded in 1070–72 by the Almoravids, Marrakesh remained a political, economic and cultural centre for a long period. Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North Africa to Andalusia. It has several impressive monuments dating from that period: the Koutoubiya Mosque, the Kasbah, the battlements, monumental doors, gardens, etc. Later architectural jewels include the Bandiâ Palace, the Ben Youssef Madrasa, the Saadian Tombs, several great residences and Place Jamaâ El Fna, a veritable open-air theatre. Source:whc.unesco.org

Thanks to Ms Briggite.

Morocco: Medina of Fez

Founded in the 9th century, Fez reached its height in the 13th–14th centuries under the Marinids, when it replaced Marrakesh as the capital of the kingdom. The urban fabric and the principal monuments in the medina – madrasas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques and fountains - date from this period. Although the political capital of Morocco was transferred to Rabat in 1912, Fez has retained its status as the country's cultural and spiritual centre. Source:whc.unesco.org

Thanks to Ms Brigitte who was visiting Morocco.

Morocco: Historic City of Meknes

Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement, Meknes became a capital under Sultan Moulay Ismaïl (1672–1727), the founder of the Alawite dynasty. The sultan turned it into a impressive city in Spanish-Moorish style, surrounded by high walls with great doors, where the harmonious blending of the Islamic and European styles of the 17th century Maghreb are still evident today. Source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed : 1996

Thanks to Patrick.

Morocco: Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin)

Tétouan was of particular importance in the Islamic period, from the 8th century onwards, since it served as the main point of contact between Morocco and Andalusia. After the Reconquest, the town was rebuilt by Andalusian refugees who had been expelled by the Spanish. This is well illustrated by its art and architecture, which reveal clear Andalusian influence. Although one of the smallest of the Moroccan medinas, Tétouan is unquestionably the most complete and it has been largely untouched by subsequent outside influences. Source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1997

Postcard 1

Postcard 2
Thanks to Ms Julie B.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Netherlands: Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout

The outstanding contribution made by the people of the Netherlands to the technology of handling water is admirably demonstrated by the installations in the Kinderdijk-Elshout area. Construction of hydraulic works for the drainage of land for agriculture and settlement began in the Middle Ages and have continued uninterruptedly to the present day. The site illustrates all the typical features associated with this technology – dykes, reservoirs, pumping stations, administrative buildings and a series of beautifully preserved windmills.
Inscribed: 1997

Postcard 1

Thanks to Dr Kiran Acharya.

Postcard 2

Thanks to Ms Marina.
Postcard 3

Thanks to Ms Anolik

Friday, June 21, 2024

Turkmenistan: State Historical and Cultural Park “Ancient Merv”

Merv is the oldest and best-preserved of the oasis-cities along the Silk Route in Central Asia. The remains in this vast oasis span 4,000 years of human history. A number of monuments are still visible, particularly from the last two millennia. source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 1999


Turkey: Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex

The square Mosque with its single great dome and four slender minarets, dominates the skyline of the former Ottoman capital of Edirne. Sinan, the most famous of Ottoman architects in the 16th century, considered the complex, which includes madrasas (Islamic schools), a covered market, clock house, outer courtyard and library, to be his best work. The interior decoration using Iznik tiles from the peak period of their production testifies to an art form that remains unsurpassed in this material. The complex is considered to be the most harmonious expression ever achieved of the Ottoman külliye, a group of buildings constructed around a mosque and managed as a single institution. source:whc.unesco.org
Inscribed: 2011

Thanks to Mr Suleman

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Latvia: Old town of Kuldīga

Located in the western part of Latvia, the town of Kuldīga is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional urban settlement, which developed from a small medieval hamlet into an important administrative centre of the Duchy of Courland and Semigallia between the 16th and 18th centuries. The town structure of Kuldīga has largely retained the street layout of that period, and includes traditional log architecture as well as foreign-influenced styles that illustrate the rich exchange between local and travelling craftspeople from around the Baltic Sea. The architectural influences and craftsmanship traditions introduced during the period of the Duchy endured well into the 19th century. Source:whc.unesco.org

Thanks to Ms Ms Guna

Indonesia: The Cosmological Axis of Yogyakarta and its Historic Landmarks

The central axis of Yogyakarta was established in the 18th century by Sultan Mangkubumi, and has continued from that time as a centre of government and Javanese cultural traditions. The six kilometre north-south axis is positioned to link Mount Merapi and the Indian Ocean, with the Kraton (palace) at its centre, and key cultural monuments lining the axis to the north and south that are connected through rituals. It embodies key beliefs about the cosmos in Javanese culture, including the marking of the cycles of life. source:whc.unesco.org

Thanks to Ms Jennifer. 

Monday, September 12, 2022

Struve Geodetic Arc

Finland, Norway, Russia, Ukraine, Maldova, Estonia, Belarus, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania 
Missing:  Latvia, Lithuania
The Struve Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through 10 countries and over 2,820 km. These are points of a survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, which represented the first accurate measuring of a long segment of a meridian. This helped to establish the exact size and shape of the planet and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping. It is an extraordinary example of scientific collaboration among scientists from different countries, and of collaboration between monarchs for a scientific cause. The original arc consisted of 258 main triangles with 265 main station points. The listed site includes 34 of the original station points, with different markings, i.e. a drilled hole in rock, iron cross, cairns, or built obelisks. Source whc.unesco.org

Moldova: Rudi Village

Thanks to Mr Tiago for send this this card from Portugal.

Estonia: Tartu Observatory

Thanks to Mr Patrik.
Norway: Hammerfest

Thanks to Jo Heggland.
Finland: Oravivuori

Thanks to Ms Sini
Finland: Alatornion Kirkko Church

Thanks to Ms Sini
Russia: Gogland Island

Thanks to Mr Vadim
Ukraine: Staraya Nekrasovka

Thanks to Ms Olesya
Belarus: Ossownitza

Thanks to Ms Katya
Belarus: Various Points

Thanks to Ms Lisa.
Sweden: Perra Vaara, Haparanda

Thanks to Ms Merja Deb. Bottom row (L-R) third box is Struve Geodetic Arc.