I forgot to upload this card... It's the one with the postmark of 11-11-11, from "ninocas"
of Montserrate was designed for Sir Francis Cook by the distinguished British
architect, James Knowles Jr. It is an example of mid-19th-century eclecticism,
and it combines neo-Gothicism with substantial elements derived from the
architecture of India. Montserrate is renowned for its gardens. The planned
gardens are surrounded by a semi-natural oak forest." In: UNESCO
It's the last postcard from the martinha's lottery. A great view of Mateus Palace in Vila Real.
to visit Vila Real, the capital of the province of Trás-os-Montes and
birthplace of Diogo Cão (the explorer who discovered the Congo River in 1482),
is for the Baroque Mateus Palace, 4km (2.5 miles) east of the town. Described
by Sacheverell Sitwell as "the most fantastic country house in
Portugal", it has been made famous worldwide for being featured on the
label of Mateus Rosé wine and it is well worth a visit for a glimpse into the
lives of the Portuguese aristocracy.
1745, it is considered a perfect example of baroque architecture, with an
impressive façade made up of beautiful pinnacles on the roof and an ornate
balustraded stairway, all reflecting on a pond in front of it.
is a delightful garden, among the most beautiful in Europe, with box hedges,
statues, and a spectacular cedar tunnel about 35m (115ft) long." In: GoLisbon
A great surprise from Lurdes: the Cathedral of Angra do Heroísmo, at Terceira Island, Azores.(UNESCO)
"The Igreja do Santíssimo Salvador da Sé is the Cathedral of
the Azores. The Church is an
impressive building, built in the late 16th century. The main façade is
constituted by a church porch, a high fronton with a clock, a main bell tower
complemented by two lateral bell towers, with the spire pinnacles covered in
blue and white tiles laid in a diamond pattern. The altar has a valuable carved
silver frontispiece dating from the 18th century and polychrome azulejo tiles.
Worldwide reputed for its outstanding acoustics, the Cathedral has become a
favourite recording place." In: Portugal Attraction
This card came from "martinha" as a prize of a lottery! It's a beautiful moonlight with the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; considered the
largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the
world. It is 39.6 metres (130 ft) tall, including its 9.5 metres (31 ft)
pedestal, and 30 metres (98 ft) wide. It weighs 635 tonnes (625 long,700 short
tons), and is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain
in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. A symbol of Brazilian
Christianity, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It
is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922
and 1931." In: Wikipedia
Last December "geminiscp" visited again Lucerne, and she sent this great postcard with the Kapellbrücke or the Chapel Bridge with a beautiful rainbow.
Bridge (German: Kapellbrücke) is a covered wooden footbridge spanning
diagonally across the Reuss River in the city of Lucerne in central
Switzerland. Named after the nearby St. Peter's Chapel, the bridge is unique
since it contains a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th
century, although many of them were destroyed along with most of the centuries
old bridge in a 1993 fire. Subsequently restored, the Kapellbrücke is the
oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, as well as the world's oldest surviving
truss bridge. It serves as the city's symbol and as one of Switzerland's main
tourist attractions." In: Wikipedia
ES-144945 sent by "cucutrash", an interior view of La Alhambra
above the modern lower town, the Alhambra and the Albaycín, situated on two
adjacent hills, form the medieval part of Granada. To the east of the Alhambra
fortress and residence are the magnificent gardens of the Generalife, the
former rural residence of the emirs who ruled this part of Spain in the 13th
and 14th centuries. The residential district of the Albaycín is a rich
repository of Moorish vernacular architecture, into which the traditional
Andalusian architecture blends harmoniously." In: UNESCO
A few months ago, a few new animals were born at the Lisbon Zoo. And to celebrate that they made some ad cards. This is one of them. It says "Come to see the new kids of the Zoo before they grow up". Sent by leninha.
IN-26566 sent by "vibha_forever", an erotic sculpture from one of the temples
at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its apogee
between 950 and 1050. Only about 20 temples remain; they fall into three
distinct groups and belong to two different religions – Hinduism and Jainism.
They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Temple of
Kandariya is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the
greatest masterpieces of Indian art." In: UNESCO
expanded property substantially increases the already impressive protection
offered by Jaú National Park to the biological diversity, habitats, and
endangered species found in the Central Amazon region. The area is one of the
Endemic Bird Areas of the World, is considered as one of the World Wildlife
Fund’s 200 Priority Ecoregion for Conservation, and it is also a Centre of
Plant Diversity. The expansion of Jaú National Park to include an important
sample of Varzea ecosystems, igapó forests, lakes and channels significantly
increases the representation of the aquatic biodiversity of the Central Amazon
region. Expansion of the site also enhance the protection of key threatened
species including giant arapaima fish, the Amazonian manatee, the black caiman,
and two species of river dolphin." In: UNESCO
RR Portugal x World G18, sent by "yayoi-sakura763"
It's been a while since I receive a card from Japan! Sakura sent this beautiful temple, the Kiyomizudera Temple (UNESCO)
officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera is an
independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World
Heritage site. (It should not be confused with Kiyomizu-dera in Yasugi,
Shimane, which is part of the 33-temple route of the Chūgoku 33 Kannon
Pilgrimage through western Japan.)" In: Wikipedia
RR Portugal x World Group 18, sent by "yuen", a view of Tap Mun and an old woman drying the shrimps.
"Tap Mun, literaly means teh door to the Buddhist pagoda, and is also know as Tap Mun Chau. On the south eastern side of the island, gigantic rocks erecting like a forest of Buddhism pagodas given the island its name."