India - Historic City of Ahmadabad

"The walled city of Ahmadabad, founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in the 15th century, on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati river, presents a rich architectural heritage from the sultanate period, notably the Bhadra citadel, the walls and gates of the Fort city and numerous mosques and tombs as well as important Hindu and Jain temples of later periods. The urban fabric is made up of densely-packed traditional houses (pols) in gated traditional streets (puras) with characteristic features such as bird feeders, public wells and religious institutions. The city continued to flourish as the capital of the State of Gujarat for six centuries, up to the present."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


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Entrance of Bhadra Fort of Historic City of Ahmadabad. Thanks to Srujan of India.





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Sidi Bashir Mosque was located in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Due to its unique construction, the minarates of mosque are also called Jhulta Minar or Shaking Minarets. Thanks to Bhat of India.

India - Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

"The Mahabodhi Temple Complex is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha, and particularly to the attainment of Enlightenment. The first temple was built by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century B.C., and the present temple dates from the 5th or 6th centuries. It is one of the earliest Buddhist temples built entirely in brick, still standing in India, from the late Gupta period." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya spreads over an area of 12 acres. Thanks to Srujan of India.





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Maha Bodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, India. Thanks to Claus.

Kazakhstan - Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

"The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, in the town of Yasi, now Turkestan, was built at the time of Timur (Tamerlane), from 1389 to 1405. In this partly unfinished building, Persian master builders experimented with architectural and structural solutions later used in the construction of Samarkand, the capital of the Timurid Empire. Today, it is one of the largest and best-preserved constructions of the Timurid period." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. Thanks to Nina of Russia for arranging to send this UNESCO World Heritage postcard from Kazakhstan.


Kazakhstan - Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly

"Set around the lush Tamgaly Gorge, amidst the vast, arid Chu-Ili mountains, is a remarkable concentration of some 5,000 petroglyphs (rock carvings) dating from the second half of the second millennium BC to the beginning of the 20th century. Distributed among 48 complexes with associated settlements and burial grounds, they are testimonies to the husbandry, social organization and rituals of pastoral peoples. Human settlements in the site are often multilayered and show occupation through the ages. A huge number of ancient tombs are also to be found including stone enclosures with boxes and cists (middle and late Bronze Age), and mounds (kurgans) of stone and earth (early Iron Age to the present). The central canyon contains the densest concentration of engravings and what are believed to be altars, suggesting that these places were used for sacrificial offerings." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Petroglyphs of Tamgaly. Thanks to Nina of Russia for arranging to send this postcard from Kazakhstan with Kazakhstan postcrossing stamp.






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Postcard showing the petrogylph rock carvings of Tamgaly Gorge, Kazakhstan. Thanks to Jo who was in Kazakhstan and sent this card from Vietnam.

Indonesia - Borobudur Temple Compounds

"This famous Buddhist temple, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, is located in central Java. It was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,500 m2. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. The monument was restored with UNESCO's help in the 1970s." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Nice Borobodur postcard. Thanks to Matthew of Malaysia.





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Borobodur with nice stamps including bass relief of Borobodur. Thanks to Shinta of Indonesia.







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Borobodur Temple is a 9th century Buddhist monument. Thanks to YL.









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A Borobodur postcard with a nice Borobudur stamp used. Thanks to Shinta of Java, Indonesia.





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I visited and climbed to the top of Borobudur. It is beautiful to see the serene plain of rice fields and the active volcanoes in the distance. I bought this and the next postcard for my collection when I was in Borobudur, Java.





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Another Borobudur postcard showing the intricate carvings. I bought this postcard in Indonesia.





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Relief at Borobudur Temple. Thanks to Espelpumo of Indonesia.


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






Postcard 2B1 - GERMANY - Jasmund National Park
Jasmund National Park, Rugen Island, Germany. Thanks to Corinna of Germanay.






Postcard 2B2 - GERMANY - Jasmund National Park
Jasmund National Park with anceint beech forest of Germany. Thanks to Anja of Germanay.





Postcard 3A - SLOVAKIA - UKRAINE
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.