Sent by "andreaeiko" from the 11th Postcrossing Meeting in São Paulo on 15/01/2012.
"Liberdade (Portuguese for "Liberty",
"Freedom") is the name of a district in the subprefecture of Sé, in
São Paulo, Brazil. It is home to the largest Japanese community outside of
Japan in the world and has been growing since the 1950s.
is São Paulo's own equivalent of Japantown in the USA. Significant populations
of Chinese and Koreans also live in the district of Liberdade. It is served by
the São Paulo Metro.
entrance to Liberdade is marked by a nine-meter tall red torii (a Japanese arch
that marks the entrance to Shinto temples) since 1974. This towering structure,
situated on Rua Galvão Bueno, is a distinctive representation of the
neighborhood. Liberdade was successfully connected to the São Paulo subway
network in the 1970s, opening up this area to commerce like never before.
Today, thousands of paulistanos (citizens of São Paulo) flock to the public
square in Liberdade every Sunday to purchase craft goods at the weekly fair. In
January 2008, in order to celebrate 100 years of Japanese immigration to
Brazil, a project to revitalize the quarter was approved by the mayor Gilberto
Kassab. 40% of the restoration were for the visit of the prince Naruhito to São
Paulo in June 2008." In: Wikipedia
Sent by Anja from the Postcrossing Meeting in Berlin on 10/03/2012.
The card shows an aerial view of the Potsdamer Platz (Potsdam Square) in Berlin.
"Potsdamer Platz is an important public square and traffic intersection in the centre of Berlin, Germany, lying about one kilometre south of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag (German Parliament Building), and close to the southeast corner of the Tiergarten park. It is named after the city of Potsdam, some 25 km to the south west, and marks the point where the old road from Potsdam passed through the city wall of Berlin at the Potsdam Gate. After developing within the space of little over a century from an intersection of rural thoroughfares into the most bustling traffic intersection in Europe, it was totally laid waste during World War II and then left desolate during the Cold War era when the Berlin Wall bisected its former location. Since German reunification, Potsdamer Platz has been the site of major redevelopment projects." In: Wikipedia
"#14871 Horsecollar Ruin, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah Horsecollar Ruin is one of the most accessible of the Ancestral Puebloan sites at the Monument. The site contains two dwelling ruins as well as two large, almost identical granaries and two-preserved kivas. The site is thought to have been used approximately 800 years ago."
This is one of the places I want to see! It looks amazing!
Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (English: Basilica and
Expiatory Church of the Holy Family; Spanish: Basílica y Templo Expiatorio de
la Sagrada Familia), commonly known as the Sagrada Família is a large Roman
Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect
Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica
by Pope Benedict XVI.
construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882, Gaudí became involved in
1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and
engineering style—combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms." In: Wikipedia
CN-397376 sent by "ggdw", a view of The Imperial Palace in Shenyang
1625 AD, otherwise known as "the Shengjing Palace", the Shenyang
Imperial Palace was the initial royal palace of the Qing Dynasty established by
the Manchu nobles. In 1644, the Qing Dynasty relocated its capital city to
Beijing and the Shenyang Imperial Palace underwent renovations and became the
emperor's traveling palace on his inspection tours to the northeast. After a
number of large-scale renovations, the Shenyang Imperial Palace has been
developed into the Shenyang Palace Museum. The two imperial palaces in Beijing
and Shenyang jointly form the only two existing intact palace building
complexes of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China." In: Cultural-China
This is my first card from Sri Lanka, but it was sent from Russia! A lovely elephant family in the Minneriya National Park.
National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The
area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been
originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring
the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the
wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having
been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season
feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale,
Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. The park earned revenue of Rs. 10.7
millions in the six months ending in August 2009. Along with Kaudulla and
Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri
Lanka. The park is situated 182 kilometres (113 mi) from Colombo." In: Wikipedia
"The village of Piódão, which was listed as a National
Heritage Site in 1978 and included in the Historic Villages of Portugal
Recovery Programme in 1994, is the only thing that seems not to change with
time. The layout of its houses on a sheltered hillside is typical of an
irregular medieval mountain settlement, which certainly grew with the increase
of its population and spread out like an amphitheatre, with its cobblestone
streets. In the middle of the village runs an irrigation channel, with its
water drawn by the pull of gravity.
An exploration of this place is nothing less than a lesson
in the ways of life of yore, since the majority of the houses retain their old
structure. These consist of two stories, with the ground floor used as a
storage room for agricultural implements and tools, cereal bins and
salting-tubs where pork was kept and conserved. On the first floor is the
residence itself, with little light and sparse furniture (you can see the
models at the museum). The interior is built in dark chestnut wood, and the
roof is supported by beams covered in schist (the region’s prevailing
material)." In: Portugal Daily View
"Seahorse is the title given to forty-seven species of marine fish in the genus Hippocampus. "Hippocampus" comes from the Ancient Greek hippos meaning "horse" and kampos meaning "sea monster".
[…]Seahorses are named for their equine appearance. Although they are bony fish, they do not have scales but rather thin skin stretched over a series of bony plates, which are arranged in rings throughout their body. Each species has a distinct number of rings. Seahorses swim upright, another characteristic that is not shared by their close pipefish relatives, who swim horizontally. Unusual among fish, seahorses have a flexible, well-defined neck. They also sport a coronet on the head, which is distinct for each individual." In: Wikipedia
(Barbier et Fenestre). Active; focal plane 39 m (128 ft); white flash every 12
s. 22 m (72 ft) slender cylindrical cast iron tower with four skeletal legs,
painted with red and white bands (lantern red). A Navy photo appears at right,
Patricia Santini has a 2011 photo, and the tower is centered in a Google
satellite view. This lighthouse was built by the French firm Barbier et
Fenestre for the government of Peru, which controlled the Iquique area at the
time. The lighthouse was placed in operation in time to witness the naval
Battle of Iquique in May 1879; later that year the city was conquered by
Chilean forces. Declared a National Monument in 1986, this lighthouse is a rare
surviving example of French lighthouse design. The lighthouse was carefully
restored in 1993-95. Located on the Serrano Peninsula on the south side of the
Bay of Iquique. The lighthouse is in the middle of the commerical port of
Iquique, and the absence of photos suggests that this area is not open to the
public. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS CHI-095; Admiralty G1974.3; NGA 1050." In: Lighhouses of Central and Nothern Chile
is a street in central Barcelona, popular with both tourists and locals alike.
A tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kilometers between Barri
Gòtic and El Raval, connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the
Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell." In: Wikipedia
The new church in Fátima, the Holy Trinity Church, was inaugurated on the 13 of October 2007. Last tine I was in Fátima, this church was no built yet, I've only saw the pictures.
the Santíssima Trindade (English: Church of the Most Holy Trinity) is a Roman
Catholic church in the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal. Ranked
as the eighth largest Christian church in the world, the church was constructed
between 2004 and 2007 at a cost of 80 million euros.
stone was laid on June 6, 2004, by the now retired Bishop of the Diocese of
Leiria-Fátima, Bishop Serafim Ferreira e Silva, Pope John Paul II blessed and
donated the first stone, on March 9 2004. It is a piece of marble taken from
the tomb of Apostle Peter, over which St Peter's Basilica in Rome was built.
This was only a symbolic act, as the stone was later put inside the finished
church for the pilgrims to see.
consecrated on October 12, 2007, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the
apparitions of Fátima, by the Secretary of State of the Vatican and Legate of
Holy Father Benedict XVI, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
dedicated to the Most Holy Trinity, has about 8500 seats, and its architect was
the Greek Alexandros Tombazis. It was entirely paid with gifts from the
pilgrims. The decoration is inspired in Byzantine and orthodox art." In: Wikipedia
A great aerial view of the Acropolis with the Mount Lycabettus on the back!
Acropolis of Athens or Citadel of Athens is the best known acropolis in the world. Although there are many other acropolis
in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is
commonly known as The Acropolis without qualification. The Acropolis was
formally proclaimed as the preeminent monument on the European Cultural
Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007. The Acropolis is a flat-topped
rock that rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level in the city of Athens, with a
surface area of about 3 hectares. It was also known as Cecropia, after the
legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, the first Athenian king.
Venice is a very special city! This card shows some fireworks and colored buildings in Venice.
Basilica of St Mary of Health (Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute),
commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor
basilica located in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the Italian city of Venice. It
stands on a narrow finger of land between the Grand Canal and the Bacino di San
Marco making the church visible when entering the Piazza San Marco from the
water. The Salute is part of the parish of the Gesuati and is the most recent
of the so-called Plague-churches.
Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive
offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice
vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance,
Italian: Salute). The church was designed in the then fashionable baroque style
by Baldassare Longhena, who studied under the architect Vincenzo Scamozzi.
Construction began in 1631. Most of the objects of art housed in the church
bear references to the Black Death.
The dome of
the Salute was an important addition to the Venice skyline and soon became
emblematic of the city, inspiring artists like Canaletto, J. M. W. Turner, John
Singer Sargent and Francesco Guardi." In: Wikipedia