Greece - Archaeological Site of Philippi

"The remains of this walled city lie at the foot of an acropolis in the present-day region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, on the ancient route linking Europe and Asia, the Via Egnatia. Founded in 356 BC by the Macedonian King Philip II, the city developed as a “small Rome” with the establishment of the Roman Empire in the decades following the Battle of Philippi, in 42 BCE. The Hellenistic theatre and funerary heroon (temple) were supplemented with Roman buildings such as the forum. Later the city became a centre of the Christian faith following the visit of the Apostle Paul in 49-50 CE. The remains of its basilicas constitute an exceptional testimony to the early establishment of Christianity."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage



Philippi, Egnatia Odhos mailed inside envelope from Austria. Thanks to Goros of Austria.

The Gambia - Senegal - Stone Circles of Senegambia

"The site consists of four large groups of stone circles that represent an extraordinary concentration of over 1,000 monuments in a band 100 km wide along some 350 km of the River Gambia. The four groups, Sine Ngayène, Wanar, Wassu and Kerbatch, cover 93 stone circles and numerous tumuli, burial mounds, some of which have been excavated to reveal material that suggest dates between 3rd century BC and 16th century AD. Together the stone circles of laterite pillars and their associated burial mounds present a vast sacred landscape created over more than 1,500 years. It reflects a prosperous, highly organized and lasting society." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

 Stone Circles at Wassu, Gambia. Thanks to Goros of Austria for mailing inside cover from Austria.

Palestine - Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town

"The use of a local limestone shaped the construction of the old town of Hebron / Al-Khalil during the Mamluk period between 1250 and 1517. The centre of interest of the town was the site of Al mosque -Ibrahim / the tomb of the Patriarchs whose buildings are in a compound built in the 1st century CE to protect the tombs of the patriarch Abraham / Ibrahim and his family. This place became a site of pilgrimage for the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The town was sited at the crossroads of trade routes for caravans travelling between southern Palestine, Sinai, Eastern Jordan, and the north of the Arabian Peninsula. Although the subsequent Ottoman Period (1517-1917) heralded an extension of the town to the surrounding areas and brought numerous architectural additions, particularly the raising of the roof level of houses to provide more upper stories, the overall Mamluk morphology of the town is seen to have persisted with its hierarchy of areas, quarters based on ethnic, religious or professional groupings, and houses with groups of rooms organized according to a tree-shaped system."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


Hebron - the Tomb of the Patriachs. Thanks to Goros of Austria for mailing inside envelope from Austria.

Poland - Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork

"This 13th-century fortified monastery belonging to the Teutonic Order was substantially enlarged and embellished after 1309, when the seat of the Grand Master moved here from Venice. A particularly fine example of a medieval brick castle, it later fell into decay, but was meticulously restored in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the conservation techniques now accepted as standard were evolved here. Following severe damage in the Second World War it was once again restored, using the detailed documentation prepared by earlier conservators." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Thanks to Anrzej of Poland for this cool postcard.





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Malbork Castle was build by Tuetonic Knights Order as their capital. Thanks to Monika of Poland.


Austria - Semmering Railway

"The Semmering Railway, built over 41 km of high mountains between 1848 and 1854, is one of the greatest feats of civil engineering from this pioneering phase of railway building. The high standard of the tunnels, viaducts and other works has ensured the continuous use of the line up to the present day. It runs through a spectacular mountain landscape and there are many fine buildings designed for leisure activities along the way, built when the area was opened up due to the advent of the railway." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Cool multi-view postcard of Semmeringbahn - Simmering Railway. Thanks to Marion of Austria.





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Seemeringbahn - Viadukt uber die Krauselklause. Thanks to Christina of Austria.


USA - Pueblo de Taos

"Situated in the valley of a small tributary of the Rio Grande, this adobe settlement – consisting of dwellings and ceremonial buildings – represents the culture of the Pueblo Indians of Arizona and New Mexico." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Five storey structures with traditional domed ovens of nearly 1000 years old site that still houses Taos Indians in northern New Mexico, USA. Thanks to Jocelyn of New Mexico for this card.




Postcard 2
Nice postcard. Thanks to Ruth of USA.






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Taos. Thanks to Arnold of USA for mailing from his visit to Taos with nice stamps.


China - Historic Centre of Macao

"Macao, a lucrative port of strategic importance in the development of international trade, was under Portuguese administration from the mid-16th century until 1999, when it came under Chinese sovereignty. With its historic street, residential, religious and public Portuguese and Chinese buildings, the historic centre of Macao provides a unique testimony to the meeting of aesthetic, cultural, architectural and technological influences from East and West. The site also contains a fortress and a lighthouse, the oldest in China. It bears witness to one of the earliest and longest-lasting encounters between China and the West, based on the vibrancy of international trade." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - A Ma Temple
A Ma Temple of Macau with Year of Horse stamp and another octagonal stamp used. Postmarked Macau January 6, 2014 and arrived in Penang on January 13, 2014.




Postcard 2A - Saint Paul Church
Facade of Saint Paul Church. Postmarked MACAU December 26, 2013. Thanks to Maggie of Macau.





Postcard 2B - St. Paul
Ruins of St. Paul, Macau. Earlier, I have requested from Bob to send me a postcard from Philippines with Year of Ox stamps which he kindly did. So when Bob went to visit Manila, he sent this postcard with Macau's Year of Ox stamps.






Postcard 3 - Old City Wall
Old City Wall built by Portuguese in 1569. Nice scout stamp and matching wall stamps. Thanks to Gu of China.






Postcard 4A - Senado Square 
Senado Square is called "the Fountain" with architecture of late 19th and early 20th century. Nice Year of Tiger stamp used. Thanks to Diana of Macau.






Postcard 4B






Postcard 5 - Guia Fortress
Guia Fortress built starting 1622 includes a Guia Chapel established originally for Clarist nuns and the Guia Lighthouse. Thanks to Jan of Philippines.





Postcard 6 - Moorish Barracks
Great postcard of the Moorish Barracks of historic center of Macau with five centuries of Portuguese rule. Thanks to Prasad of India for sending this cool postcard.







Postcard 7 - The Cathedral 
The Cathedral of Nativity of Our Lady, Macau. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France who visited Macau.


India - Kaziranga National Park

"In the heart of Assam, this park is one of the last areas in eastern India undisturbed by a human presence. It is inhabited by the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Kaziranga National Park.






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Kaziranga National Park, India. Thanks to Das of Assam, India.






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Multi-view postcard showing all of India UNESCO World Heritage including Kaziranga National Park, India. Thanks to Nagi from India.





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Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros Rhinoceros unicornis in UNESCO World Heritage Kaziranga National Park, Assam State, India. Nice bird stamps used and great cancellation of Kaziranga National Park. Thanks to Carlos of USA who visited Kaziranga National Park to see this rhinoceros.

Australia - Sydney Opera House

"Inaugurated in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century that brings together multiple strands of creativity and innovation in both architectural form and structural design. A great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour, the building has had an enduring influence on architecture. The Sydney Opera House comprises three groups of interlocking vaulted ‘shells’ which roof two main performance halls and a restaurant. These shell-structures are set upon a vast platform and are surrounded by terrace areas that function as pedestrian concourses. In 1957, when the project of the Sydney Opera House was awarded by an international jury to Danish architect Jørn Utzon, it marked a radically new approach to construction." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Nice night view of the Sydney Opera House. Thanks to Lynne of Sydney for sending this postcard with nice flower stamps.






Postcard 2
A view of Sydney Harbour with the Sydney Opera House - commemorating Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games.






Postcard 3
Night view with moon. I bought this Sydney Opera postcard, mint, from Singapore in August, 2015.



Postcard 4
Opera House. Thanks to Laurent of Sydney, Australia.




Postcard 5
View of Sydney Opera House. Thanks to Kayu of Japan who celebrated New Year's Eve in Sydney.


Iran - The Persian Qanat

"Throughout the arid regions of Iran, agricultural and permanent settlements are supported by the ancient qanat system of tapping alluvial aquifers at the heads of valleys and conducting the water along underground tunnels by gravity, often over many kilometres. The eleven qanats representing this system include rest areas for workers, water reservoirs and watermills. The traditional communal management system still in place allows equitable and sustainable water sharing and distribution. The qanats provide exceptional testimony to cultural traditions and civilizations in desert areas with an arid climate."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


View showing a Persian Qanat. Thanks to Donovan of Singapore for mailing from Iran. Nice cancelled stamps used.