Cape Verde - Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande

"The town of Ribeira Grande, renamed Cidade Velha in the late 18th century, was the first European colonial outpost in the tropics. Located in the south of the island of Santiago, the town features some of the original street layout impressive remains including two churches, a royal fortress and Pillory Square with its ornate 16th century marble pillar." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Multi-view of Ilha do Santiago- Santiago of Cape Verde - Cabo Verde. An an island country located off the North West Coast of Africa in the North Atlantic Ocean. The fort of Ribeira Grande can be seen in this multi-view.

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A typical traditional house in Cidade Velha, Santiago Island. Thanks to Lucia of Cape Verde - Cabo Verde.

Italy - Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy

"The nine Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains) of northern Italy are groups of chapels and other architectural features created in the late 16th and 17th centuries and dedicated to different aspects of the Christian faith. In addition to their symbolic spiritual meaning, they are of great beauty by virtue of the skill with which they have been integrated into the surrounding natural landscape of hills, forests and lakes. They also house much important artistic material in the form of wall paintings and statuary."

1) Sacro Monte o “Nuova Gerusalemme” di Varallo Sesia, Vercelli 
2)Sacro Monte di S.Maria Assunta di Serralunga di Crea. Alessandria
3)Sacro Monte di San Francesco d’Orta San Giulio, Novara
4) Sacro Monte della SS.Trinità, Ghiffa, Verbania
5) Sacro Monte Calvario, Domodossola, Verbania 
6) Sacro Monte di Belmonte, Valperga Canavese, Turin
7) Sacro Monte della Beata Vergine, Oropa,  Biella

8) Sacro Monte del Rosario di Varese, Varese
9) Sacro Monte della Beata Vergine del Soccorso, Ossuccio, Como

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1A - LOMBARDY: Sacro Monte della Beata Vergine del Soccorso, Ossuccio, Como
Santuario B.V. Del Soccorso is one of the 9 sites of Sacri Monti. Thanks to Morino of Italy.

Postcard 1B - Ossucio
A mutli-view of Ossucio. Thanks to Ruth of USA who visited this site in Italy.

Postcard 2 - PIEDMONT:  Sacro Monte o “Nuova Gerusalemme” di Varallo Sesia, Vercelli
Sacro Monte Varallo - Sacred Mountain of Varallo - one of the largest chapels. Thanks to Chiaro of Italy.

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

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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.

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Nice postcard. Thanks to Ruth of USA.

DR Congo - Garamba National Park

"The park's immense savannahs, grasslands and woodlands, interspersed with gallery forests along the river banks and the swampy depressions, are home to four large mammals: the elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus and above all the white rhinoceros. Though much larger than the black rhino, it is harmless; only some 30 individuals remain." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Rhinoceros in Garamba National Park. Thanks to Mike of Netherlands for arranging the mailing of this postcard from DR Congo.

Germany - Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch

"The abbey, together with its monumental entrance, the famous 'Torhall', are rare architectural vestiges of the Carolingian era. The sculptures and paintings from this period are still in remarkably good condition." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Lorsch, a representation of Carolingan architecture. Thanks to YL of Germany.

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View of the Konigshalle of Lorsch in Hesse, Germany. Thanks to Anne of Germany.

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Thanks to Ruth of USA.

Ireland - Skellig Michael

"This monastic complex, perched since about the 7th century on the steep sides of the rocky island of Skellig Michael, some 12 km off the coast of south-west Ireland, illustrates the very spartan existence of the first Irish Christians. Since the extreme remoteness of Skellig Michael has until recently discouraged visitors, the site is exceptionally well preserved." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Skellig Rocks. Thanks to Michael of Luxembourg for mailing from Ireland.

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Skellig Islands with matching stamp. Thanks to Paola for sending from Ireland.

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Multiview of Skellig Rocks, Kerry. Thanks to Paola who mailed from Ireland.

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Gannets on the Skellig rocks, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Mailed on December 3, 2010 and arrived in Penang on January 5, 2011. Nice Christmas stamp. Thanks to Paola for sending from Ireland.

Three nice postcards of Skellig Michael. Thanks to Hugh of Ireland for sending to me.

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Beehive Huts and High Cross on Skellig Michael with view of Small Skellig and Kerry Coastline.

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Skellig Michael is dedicated to S. Michael. At Great Skellig,enormous mass of pecipitous slaty rock used for two pyramidal summits up t 218 meters.

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View of small Skellig and Kerry coastline from Skellig Michael. A puffin in the foreground.

China - Chengjiang Fossil Site

"A hilly 512-hectare site in Yunnan Province, Chengjiang’s fossils present the most complete record of an early Cambrian marine community with exceptionally preserved biota, displaying the anatomy of hard and soft tissues in a very wide variety of organisms, invertebrate and vertebrate. They record the early establishment of a complex marine ecosystem. The site documents at least 16 phyla and a variety of enigmatic groups as well as about 196 species, presenting exceptional testimony to the rapid diversification of life on Earth 530 million years ago, when almost all of today’s major animal groups emerged. It opens a palaeobiological window of great significance to scholarship." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Multiview of Chengjiang Fossil. Thank Luo of China.

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A maxicard of Chengjiang Fossil. Thanks to Stanley of China.

South Korea - Hwaseong Fortress

"When the Choson emperor Chongjo moved his father's tomb to Suwon at the end of the 18th century, he surrounded it with strong defensive works, laid out according to the precepts of an influential military architect of the period, who brought together the latest developments in the field from both East and West. The massive walls, extending for nearly 6 km, still survive; they are pierced by four gates and equipped with bastions, artillery towers and other features.” Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Paldalmun, South Gate of Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon. Thanks to Joy of USA who was in South Korea.

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A tourism promotion card of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress by Korea Tourism Organization. Thanks to Johnson of UK.

Italy - Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata

"When Vesuvius erupted on 24 August AD 79, it engulfed the two flourishing Roman towns of Pompei and Herculaneum, as well as the many wealthy villas in the area. These have been progressively excavated and made accessible to the public since the mid-18th century. The vast expanse of the commercial town of Pompei contrasts with the smaller but better-preserved remains of the holiday resort of Herculaneum, while the superb wall paintings of the Villa Oplontis at Torre Annunziata give a vivid impression of the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the wealthier citizens of the Early Roman Empire." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1A - Herculaneum
Herculaneum or Ercolano aerial view. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France who visited this awesome site.

Postcard 2A - Pompeii
Nice multi-view of Pompeii. Mailed from Vatican City. Thanks to YL.

Postcard 2B - Pompeii
View of Pompeii ruins with the volcano in the background. Thanks to Ruth who was travelling to Pompeii, Italy.

Postcard 2C - Pompeii
Another view of Pompeii. Thanks to Karlie of Canada who was visiting this famous archaelogical site.

Postcard 2B- Herculaneum
Herculaneum - House of Great Portal. Less visited but better preserved than Pompeii. Thanks to Ruth who visited Herculaneum.

Postcard 3 - Torre Annunziata
Paintings at Villa Oplontis at Torre Annunziata. Thanks to Johnson of UK.