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

Postcard 1
Kaziranga National Park.

Postcard 2
Kaziranga National Park, India. Thanks to Das of Assam, India.

Postcard 3
Multi-view postcard showing all of India UNESCO World Heritage including Kaziranga National Park, India. Thanks to Nagi from India.

Postcard 4
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.

Iran - Lut Desert

"The Lut Desert, or Dasht-e-Lut, is located in the south-east of the country. Between June and October, this arid subtropical area is swept by strong winds, which transport sediment and cause aeolian erosion on a colossal scale. Consequently, the site presents some of the most spectacular examples of aeolian yardang landforms (massive corrugated ridges). It also contains extensive stony deserts and dune fields. The property represents an exceptional example of ongoing geological processes."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Lut Desert. Thanks to Donovan of Singapore who visited Lut Desert, Iran.

Iran - Shahr-I Sokhta (Burnt City)

"Shahr-i Sokhta, meaning ‘Burnt City’ is located at the junction of Bronze Age trade routes crossing the Iranian plateau. The remains of the mud brick city represent the emergence of the first complex societies in eastern Iran. Founded around 3200 BC, it was populated during four main periods up to 1800 BC, during which time there developed several distinct areas within the city. These include a monumental area, residential areas, industrial zones and a graveyard. Changes in water courses and climate change led to the eventual abandonment of the city in the early second millennium. The structures, burial grounds and large number of significant artefacts unearthed there, and their well-preserved state due to the dry desert climate, make this site a rich source of information regarding the emergence of complex societies and contacts between them in the third millennium BC."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

View of Shahr-e Sukhte. Thanks to Donovan of Singapore for mailing from Iran.

USA - Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

"Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), author of the American Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, was also a talented architect of neoclassical buildings. He designed Monticello (1769–1809), his plantation home, and his ideal 'academical village' (1817–26), which is still the heart of the University of Virginia. Jefferson's use of an architectural vocabulary based upon classical antiquity symbolizes both the aspirations of the new American republic as the inheritor of European tradition and the cultural experimentation that could be expected as the country matured." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - University of Virginia
The University of Virginia's Rotunda was built as Thomas Jefferson's center of academical village, modelled after the Pantheon n Rome and completed in 1826 at a cost of nearly $60,000. Thanks to Megan of USA.

Postcard 2 - Monticello
With this postcard, I completed all the twenty USA UNESCO World Heritage sites as of 2009. A moment to ponder and celebrate. View of Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia is the the home of American President Thomas Jefferson and is an elegant and classic example of early American architecture. Thanks to "genigirl" of USA.

Postcard 3 - Monticello
What a beautiful autumn glow postcard of Monticello - the home of Thomas Jefferson. Thanks to Cottonwood of Idaho, USA who was visiting Virginia.

Postcard 4 - Monticello in winter
Winter view of Monticello. Thanks to Kristen of USA.

Postcard 5 - Study Room, Monticello
Study (Cabinet) the most private part of Jefferson's suite, Monticello. Thanks to Ruth who visited Monticello, USA.

Iran - Cultural Landscape of Maymand

"Maymand is a self-contained, semi-arid area at the end of a valley at the southern extremity of Iran’s central mountains. The villagers are semi-nomadic agro-pastoralists. They raise their animals on mountain pastures, living in temporary settlements in spring and autumn. During the winter months they live lower down the valley in cave dwellings carved out of the soft rock (kamar), an unusual form of housing in a dry, desert environment. This cultural landscape is an example of a system that appears to have been more widespread in the past and involves the movement of people rather than animals."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

View of Maymand. Thanks to Donovan of Singapore for mailing from Iran.