Cambodia - Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura

"The archaeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk, “the temple in the richness of the forest” in the Khmer language, has been identified as Ishanapura, the capital of the Chenla Empire that flourished in the late 6th and early 7th centuries CE. The vestiges of the city cover an area of 25 square kilometres and include a walled city centre as well as numerous temples, ten of which are octagonal, unique specimens of their genre in southeast Asia. Decorated sandstone elements in the site are characteristic of the pre-Angkor decorative idiom, known as the Sambor Prei Kuk Style. Some of these elements, including lintels, pediments and colonnades, are true masterpieces. The art and architecture developed here became models for other parts of the region and lay the ground for the unique Khmer style of the Angkor period."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Yippee... I received these two postcards of Sambor Prei Kuk mailed inside an envelope from Pheaphanita Than of Phnom Penh, Cambodia and thanks to KH Tan of Singpapre for this mailing arrangement.

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Japan - Shiretoko

"Shiretoko Peninsula is located in the north-east of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. The site includes the land from the central part of the peninsula to its tip (Shiretoko Cape) and the surrounding marine area. It provides an outstanding example of the interaction of marine and terrestrial ecosystems as well as extraordinary ecosystem productivity, largely influenced by the formation of seasonal sea ice at the lowest latitude in the northern hemisphere. It has particular importance for a number of marine and terrestrial species, some of them endangered and endemic, such as Blackiston’s fish owl and the Viola kitamiana plant. The site is globally important for threatened seabirds and migratory birds, a number of salmonid species, and for marine mammals including Steller’s sea lion and some cetacean species.” Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Steller's sea-eagles and white-tailed eagles at Shiretoko. Thanks to Usako who mailed from Shiretoko, Hokkaido island of Japan.

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Kamuiwakka Waterfall and Mt. Iou of Shiretoko National Park in the northeast of Hokkaido. Ukigoe art by Hiroshige stamp used. Thanks to Aki-san of Japan.

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Eagles at Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan with Year of Dog stamp. Thanks to Kayu of Japan.

United Kingdom - The Forth Bridge

"This railway bridge spanning the estuary of the Forth River in Scotland is the world’s longest multi-span cantilever bridge. It opened in 1890 and continues to carry passengers and freight. Its distinctive industrial aesthetic is the result of a forthright and unadorned display of its structural components. Innovative in style, materials and scale, the Forth Bridge is an important milestone in bridge design and construction during the period when railways came to dominate long-distance land travel."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

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The Forth Raily Bridge of Scotland, UK. This postcard was sent wrapped inside a Royal Mail transparent plastic envelope to protect the postcardBeautiful stamps used. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France.

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Nice night view of this UNESCO World Heritage bridge in Scotland - Forth Rail Bridge with matching stamp and Scottish stamp. Thanks to Suzanne of Scotland, UK.

Austria - Historic Centre of Vienna

"Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings," Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Multi-view of architecture landmarks of Ringstrasse, Viena. Thanks to Simone of Austria.

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Great views of Vienna. Beautiful architecture of spires, domes and towers. Special UEFA Euro 2008 stamp used. Thanks to Karlie of Canada who was there for the Games.

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Vienna (Wien) is the capital of Austria. Aerial view of the New Castle (Neue Burg). Thanks to Susanne of Vienna.

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Veinna State Opera, Vienna-Wien. Thanks to Laco of Slovakia for mailing from Vienna, Austria.

Germany - Slovakia - Ukraine - Albania - Austria - Belgium - Bulgaria - Croatia - Italy - Romania - Slovenia - Spain: Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

"The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany, represent examples of on-going post-glacial biological and ecological evolution of terrestrial ecosystems and are indispensable to understanding the spread of the Fagus beech in the Northern Hemisphere across a variety of environments. The new inscription represents the addition of five forests totaling 4,391 hectares that are added to the 29,278 hectares of Slovakian and Ukranian beech forests inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2007. The tri-national property is now to be known as the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany (Slovakia, Ukraine, Germany). 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) 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: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Ukraine Primeval Beech Forest
The Carpathian mountain forests of Ukraine. Thanks to Galyna of Ukraine.

Postcard 2 - Germany - Edersee National Park
Aerial view of the Edersee - old beech forests. Thanks to Marcel of Germany.

Postcard 3A - Germany - Jasmund National Park
Jasmund National Park, Rugen Island, Germany. Thanks to Corinna of Germanay.

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Jasmund National Park with anceint beech forest of Germany. Thanks to Anja of Germanay.

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Primeval Beech Forests of Slovakia and Ukraine. Thanks to Inigo of Spain.

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'Karpatske Bukove Lesy - Primevel Beech Forests of Caparthians. Thanks to Lubo of Slovakia.

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." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Maxicard of Kerguelen Cabbage and lichen, Heard Island. Prepaid postage. Thanks to Cindy of Australia.

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Maxicard of Baudissin Glacier edge, Heard Island. Thanks to Azzi of Australia.

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Maxicard of Southern Elephant Seals, Heard Island. Thanks to Azzi of Australia.

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Maxicard of King Penguins at Atlas Cove, Heard Island. Thanks to Azzi of Australia.

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Postcard received showing Mt. Olsen (left) and Anzac Peak of the Laurens Peninsula of Heard Island.

Germany - Cologne Cathedral

"Begun in 1248, the construction of this Gothic masterpiece took place in several stages and was not completed until 1880. Over seven centuries, successive builders were inspired by the same faith and a spirit of absolute fidelity to the original plans. Apart from its exceptional intrinsic value and the artistic masterpieces it contains, Cologne Cathedral testifies to the enduring strength of European Christianity." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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I visited Koln Cathedral and sent this postcard to myself.

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I have visited Koln Cathedral in May 2015. Great postcard showing interior and exterior views of cathedral. Thanks to Deike of Germany.

Postcard 3 - Koln City View
Cologne (Koln) on Rhine River.Koln am Rhein Stadtpanorama. Thanks to Vanda.

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Nice aerial view of Koln. Thanks to YL for mailing from Koln in October, 2017

China - Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

"Situated in the north-west of Sichuan Province, the Huanglong valley is made up of snow-capped peaks and the easternmost of all the Chinese glaciers. In addition to its mountain landscape, diverse forest ecosystems can be found, as well as spectacular limestone formations, waterfalls and hot springs. The area also has a population of endangered animals, including the giant panda and the Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Colorful calcified ponds of Huanglong. Thanks to Liu Xu of China.

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Another beautiful place of nature in China.

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Huanglong - Songpan, Sichuan. Thanks to Ye of Chengdu.