Las Médulas - Spain (UNESCO WHS)

© Ediciones Paris

Unused, sent by Sapic12

"In the 1st century A.D. the Roman Imperial authorities began to exploit the gold deposits of this region in north-west Spain, using a technique based on hydraulic power. After two centuries of working the deposits, the Romans withdrew, leaving a devastated landscape. Since there was no subsequent industrial activity, the dramatic traces of this remarkable ancient technology are visible everywhere as sheer faces in the mountainsides and the vast areas of tailings, now used for agriculture." In: UNESCO


Common dolphin, Azores - Portugal

© Nuno Sá (photo) / Ver Açor

Unused, sent by Sapic12

"Common dolphins live in both warm-temperate and tropical waters ranging from 40-60°N to 50°S. Long-beaked common dolphins mostly inhabit shallow, warm costal water. Short-beaked common dolphins are common "along shelf edges and in areas with sharp bottom relief such as seamounts and escarpments". Common dolphin have a varied diet consisting of many species of fish and squid. This includes both mesopelagic species and epipelagic schooling species. They have been recorded to make dives up to 200 metres (660 ft) deep.

Common dolphins can live in aggregations of hundreds or even thousands of dolphins. They sometimes associate with other dolphin species, such as pilot whales. They have also been observed bow riding on baleen whales, and they also bow ride on boats. They are fast swimmers (up to 60 km/h), and breaching behavior and aerial acrobatics are common with this species." In: Wikipedia


Fall at Madriu River, Escaldes-Engordany - Andorra (UNESCO WHS)

© Photo: Escaldes-Engordany Commune Photo Archive

Sent from Andorra

"The cultural landscape of Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley offers a microcosmic perspective of the way people have harvested the resources of the high Pyrenees over millennia. Its dramatic glacial landscapes of craggy cliffs and glaciers, with high open pastures and steep wooded valleys, covers an area of 4,247 ha, 9% of the total area of the principality. It reflects past changes in climate, economic fortune and social systems, as well as the persistence of pastoralism and a strong mountain culture, notably the survival of a communal land-ownership system dating back to the 13th century. The site features houses, notably summer settlements, terraced fields, stone tracks and evidence of iron smelting." In: UNESCO


Horse ranch beneath Mt Shasta, California - USA

© Erich Ziller (photo) / Eastman's West

Sent from Portugal by "PilotOne"

"Mount Shasta (Karuk: Úytaahkoo or "White Mountain") is located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California and at 14,179 feet (4,322 m) is the second highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth highest in California. Mount Shasta has an estimated volume of 85 cubic miles (350 km3) which makes it the most voluminous stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc.

The mountain and its surrounding area are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest." In: Wikipedia


Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

© Carlos Alvim (photo)

Unused, brought by Liliana Ferreira

"The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian (Portuguese: Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião) better known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro (Catedral Metropolitana do Rio de Janeiro) or as the Cathedral of St. Sebastian of Rio de Janeiro (Catedral de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro), is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro. The cathedral is the See of the Metropolitan Archbishops of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The church is dedicated to Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro." In: Wikipedia


FI-1711468 - Old mills

© Paperitaide

FI-1711468 sent by "lelu"

"Swan Rapids is a working mill building South-Karelian covered landscape. A valuable cultural complex is located in Lappeenranta Vaalimaa the road, in the village of HUJAKKALA.

Tradition has it that the villagers HUJAKKALA built in the 1860's Swan River Härkin the mill or the mill on foot." In: Ylämaa (translated by Google)


Adolphe Bridge - Luxembourg

© Edit. Thill

Unused, brought by Cláudia Ferreira

"Adolphe Bridge (Luxembourgish: Adolphe-Bréck, French: Pont Adolphe, German: Adolphe-Brücke) is an arch bridge in Luxembourg City, in southern Luxembourg. The bridge takes road traffic across the Pétrusse, connecting Boulevard Royal, in Ville Haute, to Avenue de la Liberté, in Gare. At 17.2 m wide, it carries four lanes of road traffic, three to Gare and a bus lane to Ville Haute, and has two footpaths for pedestrians." In: Wikipedia


DE-2029205 - White shark

© Pölzer / Fl Online

DE-2029205 sent by "Neugierig"

"The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, also known as the great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a species of large lamniform shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans. The great white shark is mainly known for its size, with the largest individuals known to have approached or exceeded 6 m (20 ft) in length, and 2,268 kg (5,000 lb) in weight. This shark reaches its maturity around 15 years of age and can have a life span of over 30 years." In: Wikipedia


RS-14619 - Palic Lake, Subotica

Now it's time to show my first postcard from Serbia, sent through Postcrossing. The Palic Lake, near Subotica. It seems a cool place to walk and enjoy a drink with friends.

© Dragan Bosnic (photo) / Milan Boric (design)

RS-14619 sent by "Suzana83"

"Palic, the lake and the tourist centre under the same name, used to be a trendy resort and spa at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The local scenery has always been enhanced, updated and changing; however it avoided the challenges imposed by industrialising tourism. At present, Palic is an ideal rest and relax destination. There you can enjoy the shade of hundred-year old trees, swim in the lake and the thermal pool, or simply enjoy the excellent offer in region-specific food and drink. In brief, Palic is unique architecture, sport fields and attentive hosts. " In: Subotica Investment


Historic center of Telč - Czech Republic (UNESCO WHS)

© Bára Stluková (photo) / Mapcentrum

Unused, sent by Sapic12

"The houses in Telc, which stands on a hilltop, were originally built of wood. After a fire in the late 14th century, the town was rebuilt in stone, surrounded by walls and further strengthened by a network of artificial ponds. The town's Gothic castle was reconstructed in High Gothic style in the late 15th century." In: UNESCO


"Impérios" of Terceira Island, Azores - Portugal

© Maurício Abreu (photo) / Sofoto

Sent by Lurdes.

The "Impérios" are small colorful buildings, similar to chappels, in honor of the Holy Spirit.


Stelae of Tiya - Ethiopia (UNESCO WHS)

© Pavel Mikes

Unused, sent by Sapic12 - a detail of a stele

"Tiya is among the most important of the roughly 160 archaeological sites discovered so far in the Soddo region, south of Addis Ababa. The site contains 36 monuments, including 32 carved stelae covered with symbols, most of which are difficult to decipher. They are the remains of an ancient Ethiopian culture whose age has not yet been precisely determined." In: UNESCO


Valle de Ucanca in Teide National Park, Tenerife - Spain (UNESCO WHS)

© Tullio Gatti (photo) / Edita Cromatica

Unused, sent by Sapic12

"Situated on the island of Tenerife, Teide National Park features the Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano that, at 3,718 m, is the highest peak on Spanish soil. Rising 7,500 m above the ocean floor, it is regarded as the world’s third-tallest volcanic structure and stands in a spectacular environment. The visual impact of the site is all the greater due to atmospheric conditions that create constantly changing textures and tones in the landscape and a ‘sea of clouds’ that forms a visually impressive backdrop to the mountain. Teide is of global importance in providing evidence of the geological processes that underpin the evolution of oceanic islands." In: UNESCO


Roman Theatre, Orange - France (UNESCO WHS)

© Spadem / Editions J. Cellard

Unused, sent by Sapic12

"Situated in the Rhone valley, the ancient theatre of Orange, with its 103-m-long facade, is one of the best preserved of all the great Roman theatres. Built between A.D. 10 and 25, the Roman arch is one of the most beautiful and interesting surviving examples of a provincial triumphal arch from the reign of Augustus. It is decorated with low reliefs commemorating the establishment of the Pax Romana." In: UNESCO


FI-1062413 - Snowy forest

© Husmofoto/IBL (photo) / Papperix AB

FI-1062413 sent by "paivarinne"

Snowy forest somewhere in Finland :)


Friendship card - Portugal

"Gracinha" sent this card to celebrate the friendship. It's the number 11 of the serie "Amor Perfeito" (Perfect Love)

© Paulus Audiovisuais

In Portuguese: "Obrigado pelo bem que me queres; o mundo seria mais belo se houvesse muitos amiguinhos como tu."

In English: "Thanks for all the good you want to me; the world would be more beautiful if there were many little friends like you."


The walls of Tarragona - Spain (UNESCO WHS)

© Foto Reymand (photo) / Triangle Postals

Sent by Ana Campos

"Tárraco (modern-day Tarragona) was a major administrative and mercantile city in Roman Spain and the centre of the Imperial cult for all the Iberian provinces. It was endowed with many fine buildings, and parts of these have been revealed in a series of exceptional excavations. Although most of the remains are fragmentary, many preserved beneath more recent buildings, they present a vivid picture of the grandeur of this Roman provincial capital." In: UNESCO


Harar - Ethiopia (UNESCO WHS)

© Senait Mikesová (photo)

Unused, sent by Sapic12

"The fortified historic town of Harar is located in the eastern part of the country on a plateau with deep gorges surrounded by deserts and savannah. The walls surrounding this sacred Muslim city were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Harar Jugol, said to be the fourth holiest city of Islam, numbers 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines, but the townhouses with their exceptional interior design constitute the most spectacular part of Harar's cultural heritage. The impact of African and Islamic traditions on the development of the town's building types and urban layout make for its particular character and uniqueness." In: UNESCO


Map of Jičín District - Czech Republic

"The Jičín District (Czech: Okres Jičín) is a district (okres) within the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic. Its capital is the city of Jičín." In: Wikipedia

© Vydavatelství

Unused, sent by Sapic12.


Lisbon Falls, Mpumalanga - South Africa

© Grapevine Postcards

Unused, sent by Sapic12

"The Lisbon Falls are just three kilometers to the south of the Berlin Falls on the Lisbon River. The Lisbon River plunges down in a double stream, 90 meters high, over a semicircular rock face. There is a 100-meter footpath leading from the parking area to a vantage point, at the base of the falls for a really spectacular view. Nearby are some lovely picnic spots. Between Graskop and the Blyde River Canyon, you travel 2,2 km along a gravel road that leads west from the R532. The turn-off to the falls is about 800m south of the junction of the R532 and the R534." In: Mpumalanga.com


Paintings at Lascaux caves - France (UNESCO WHS)

© N. Aujoulat (photo) / Edition Office du Turisme de la Dordogne

Unused, sent by Sapic12

"The walls of Lascaux are covered in painted, drawn and engraved animals on the ancient stone, which proved difficult to reach. Scholars calculated that the ground was a different shape 17,000 years ago, so that the paintings on the walls were much easier to reach. The ground had sunk deeper and deeper over the years and made it hard gain access to the prehistoric paintings. When Breuil entered the cave he found that there was a very thick coating of calcite crystals, with some of the best preserved pictures painted on them. All of the paintings have lasted thousands of years without decaying or fading because the natural removal and replacement of the air in Lascaux does not cause deterioration of the paintings." In: UNESCO


Fort of St Luzia, Elvas - Portugal (UNESCO WHS) (Postcrossing Meeting in Elvas)

© ?

Sent by "geminiscp" from the Postcrossing Christmas Meeting in Elvas on 08/12/2012

"Within the walls, the town contains extensive barracks and other military buildings, as well as churches and monasteries, some adapted to military functions. The property includes seven components: the Historic Centre, the Amoreira Aqueduct, the Fort of Santa Luzia, and the covered way linking it to the Historic Centre, the Fort of Graça, and the Fortlets of São Mamede, São Pedro and São Domingos." In: UNESCO


"Guernica" by Pablo Picasso - Spain

© Sucesión Pablo Picasso

Unused, sent by Mónica Castro

"Guernica is a painting by Pablo Picasso. It was created in response to the bombing of Guernica, a Basque Country village in northern Spain by German and Italian warplanes at the behest of the Spanish Nationalist forces, on 26 April 1937, during the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Republican government commissioned Picasso to create a large mural for the Spanish display at the Paris International Exposition at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris.

Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. This work has gained a monumental status, becoming a perpetual reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an embodiment of peace. Upon completion Guernica was displayed around the world in a brief tour, becoming famous and widely acclaimed. This tour helped bring the Spanish Civil War to the world's attention." In: Wikipedia

This painted is now at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.


Kennedy Space Center, Florida - USA (Postcrossing Meeting in Florida)

© NASA (photo) / Impact

Sent by "9teen87" from the Postcrossing Meeting in Florida on January 2013.

Information on the back side: "Re-entering the Earth's atmosphere and gliding to a powerless landing is another highly dynamic phase of flight. Using sophisticated on-board computers, software and their own highly developed flying skills, the astronauts bring each mission to a safe conclusion with the help og flight controllers in Houston."


The British Museum, London - United Kingdom

"The British Museum is a museum in London dedicated to human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some eight million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present." In: Wikipedia

© Dudley Hubbard and Simon Tutty (photos) / The Trustees of The British Museum

Sent by Mónica Castro

Photos of: 
Hunting in the Marshes, c. 1350 BC
Gilded Mummy Mask, late 1st century BC-early 1st century AD
Bronze Figure of a Seated Cat, after 600 BC
The Rosetta Stone, c. 196 BC


Old City of Dubrovnik - Croatia (UNESCO WHS)

© Konavle


"The 'Pearl of the Adriatic', situated on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration programme co-ordinated by UNESCO." In: UNESCO


BY-544410 - Church of Saint Simon and Helena, Minsk

© Издатель Владимир Шарков

BY-544410 sent by "Gra"

"Church of Saints Simon and Helen (Belarusian: Касцёл святых Сымона і Алены) also known as the Red Church (Belarusian: Чырвоны касцёл) is a Roman Catholic church on Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus.

This neo-Romanesque church was designed by polish architects Tomasz Pajzderski and Władysław Marconi, and built during 1905-1910. The bricks for its walls were sourced from Częstochowa, whilst the roof tiles came from Włocławek. Its construction was financed by Edward Woyniłłowicz, a prominent Polish civic activist. The church was named and consecrated in memory of Woyniłłowicz's deceased children, Szymon and Helena." In: Wikipedia


Dolmen with a chappel, Rio Maior - Portugal

This is a particular dolmen: it was converted into a chappel. Located right next to Our Lady of Magdalena Church in Alcobertas, Rio Maior.

© Anibal Santos (photos) / Iberponto

Sent by "leninha"


Walt Disney World, Florida - USA

© Walt Disney World

Sent by Brenda

"The Walt Disney World Resort, commonly known as Walt Disney World and informally as Disney World, is the world's most-visited entertainment resort, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Covering 30,080 acres (12,173 ha; 47 sq mi), it is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company through its Parks and Resorts division and is home to four theme parks, two water parks, twenty-four themed resorts (excluding eight more that are on-site but not owned by The Walt Disney Company), two spas and fitness centers, five golf courses, and other recreational and entertainment venues." In: Wikipedia
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