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.

Canada - Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

"Red Bay, established by Basque mariners in the 16th century at the north-eastern tip of Canada on the shore of the Strait of Belle Isle is an archaeological site that provides the earliest, most complete and best preserved testimony of the European whaling tradition. Gran Baya, as it was called by those who founded the station in 1530s, was used as a base for coastal hunting, butchering, rendering of whale fat by heading to produce oil and storage. It became a major source of whale oil which was shipped to Europe where it was used for lighting. The site, which was used in the summer months, includes remains of rendering ovens, cooperages, wharves, temporary living quarters and a cemetery, together with underwater remains of vessels and whale bone deposits. The station was used for some 70 years, before the local whale population was depleted."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Red Bay, Labrador - Home of the Basque Whalaers and UNESCO World Hertiage Site. Thanks to Cindy of Labrador, Canada.

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Prepaid postcard from Post Canada. Thanks to Jason of Canada.

Romania - Historic Centre of Sighi┼čoara

"Founded by German craftsmen and merchants known as the Saxons of Transylvania, Sighi┼čoara is a fine example of a small, fortified medieval town which played an important strategic and commercial role on the fringes of central Europe for several centuries." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Sighisoara. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France.

Postcard 2
Multi-view of Sighisoara with amazingly beautiful matching Sighisoara UNESCO World Heritage stamps and a kingfisher stamp. Postmarked in Bucharest on August 19, 2010 and arrived in Penang on September 14, 2010. Thanks so much to Jean-Pierre of France

Postcard 3
Nice city view of Sighisoara, Romania - which has inspired Hollywood movie of Count Dracula - The Vampire. Beautiful stamp used was damaged by postal service but this wonderful card arrived in excellent condition. Thanks to Alexiatego of Romania.

Germany - Aachen Cathedral

"Construction of this palatine chapel, with its octagonal basilica and cupola, began c. 790–800 under the Emperor Charlemagne. Originally inspired by the churches of the Eastern part of the Holy Roman Empire, it was splendidly enlarged in the Middle Ages." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
I visited Aachen, Germany in May, 2015 and sent this postcard to myself.

Postcard 2
Aachener Dom, Germany. Thanks to Ruth of USA.

Postcard 3 - Aachen - Aken - Aix-la-chapelle
An impressive German catheral. Thanks to Ibrahim.

Postcard 4 - Map of Aachen
Aachen city map. Thanks to DAO of UK for mailing from Belgium.

China - Site of Xanadu

The "North of the Great Wall, the Site of Xanadu encompasses the remains of Kublai Khan’s legendary capital city, designed by the Mongol ruler’s Chinese advisor Liu Bingzhdong in 1256. Over a surface area of 25,000 hectares, the site exhibits a unique attempt to assimilate the nomadic Mongolian and Han Chinese cultures. This was the base from where Kublai Khan established the Yuan Dynasty that ruled over China over a century, extending its boundaries across Asia. The religious debate that took place here resulted in the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism over northeast Asia, a cultural and religious tradition still practiced in many areas today. The site was planned according to the traditional Chinese feng shui in relation to the nearby mountains and river. It features the remains of the city, including temples, palaces, tombs, nomadic encampments and the Tiefan’gang Canal along with other water works." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Xanadu ruins. Thanks to Zihu of China

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Xanadu with special cancellation. Thanks to Johnson of Hong Kong.

Tajikistan - Tajikistan National Park

"Tajikistan National Park covers more than 2.5 million hectares in the east of the country, at the centre of the so-called “Pamir Knot”, a meeting point of the highest mountain ranges on the Eurasian continent. It consists of high plateaux in the east and, to the west, rugged peaks, some of them over 7,000 meters high, and features extreme seasonal variations of temperature. The longest valley glacier outside the Polar region is located among the 1,085 glaciers inventoried in the site, which also numbers 170 rivers and more than 400 lakes. Rich flora species of both the south-western and central Asian floristic regions grow in the Park which shelters nationally rare and threatened birds and mammals (Marco Polo Argali sheep, Snow Leopards and Siberian Ibex and more). Subject to frequent strong earthquakes, the Park is sparsely inhabited, and virtually unaffected by agriculture and permanent human settlements. It offers a unique opportunity for the study of plate tectonics and subduction phenomena."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Tajik National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage. The postcard was missent to Jakarta, Indonesia. Thanks to Halim of Tajikistan.

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Lake Sarez of Tajikistan National Park. Thanks to Piotr of Russia who visited this national park. This Tajikistan postcard is mailed from Russia.

Denmark - Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement

"Founded in 1773 in South Jutland, the site is an example of a planned settlement of the Moravian Church, a Lutheran free congregation centred in Herrnhut, Saxony. The town was planned to represent the Protestant urban ideal, constructed around a central Church square. The architecture is homogenous and unadorned, with one and two-storey buildings in yellow brick with red tile roofs. The democratic organization of the Moravian Church, with its pioneering egalitarian philosophy, is expressed in its humanistic town planning. The settlement’s plan opens onto agricultural land and includes important buildings for the common welfare such as large communal houses for the congregation’s widows and unmarried men and women. The buildings are still used by an influential community of the Moravian Church."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Aerial view of Christianfeld. Thanks to Christa of Germany.

China - Tusi Sites

"Located in the mountainous areas of south-west China, this property encompasses remains of several tribal domains whose chiefs were appointed by the central government as ‘Tusi’, hereditary rulers from the 13th to the early 20thcentury. The Tusi system arose from the ethnic minorities’ dynastic systems of government dating back to the 3rd century BCE. Its purpose was to unify national administration, while allowing ethnic minorities to retain their customs and way of life. The sites of Laosicheng, Tangya and Hailongtun Fortress that make up the site bear exceptional testimony to this form of governance, which derived from the Chinese civilization of the Yuan and Ming periods."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

One of the Tusi sites. Thanks to Fei of China.

Chad - Lake Ounianga

"The site includes 18 interconnected lakes in the hyper arid Ennedi region of the Sahara Desert covering an area of 62,808 hectares. It constitutes an exceptional natural landscape of great beauty with striking colours and shapes. The saline, hyper saline and freshwater lakes are supplied by groundwater and are found in two groups 40 kilometres apart. Ounianga Kebir comprises four lakes the largest of which, Yoan, covers an area of 358 hectares and is 27 metres deep. Its highly saline waters only sustain algae and some microorganisms. The second group, Ounianga Serir, comprises 14 lakes separated by sand dunes. Floating reeds cover almost half the surface of these lakes reducing evaporation. At 436 hectares, Lake Teli has the largest surface area but is less than ten metres deep. With their high quality freshwater, some of these lakes are home to aquatic fauna, particularly fish." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Lake Teli. Thanks to Zhang of China.

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Edge of Lake Tell, Ounlanga Lakes. Thanks to Zhang of China who is working in Chad.

Mexico - Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche

"Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche is a renomination and extension of the existing 3,000 ha cultural World Heritage property, Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche. It now becomes mixed natural and cultural property. The site is located in the central/southern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula, in southern Mexico and includes the remains of the important Maya city Calakmul, set deep in the tropical forest of the Tierras Bajas. The city played a key role in the history of this region for more than 12 centuries and is characterized by well-preserved structures providing a vivid picture of life in an ancient Maya capital. The property also falls within the Mesoamerica biodiversity hotspot. This hotspot is the third largest in the world and encompasses all subtropical and tropical ecosystems from central Mexico to the Panama Canal.." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Mayan jade masks of Calakmul. Thanks to Marco of Austria for mailing from Mexico.

New Zealand - Tongariro National Park

"In 1993 Tongariro became the first property to be inscribed on the World Heritage List under the revised criteria describing cultural landscapes. The mountains at the heart of the park have cultural and religious significance for the Maori people and symbolize the spiritual links between this community and its environment. The park has active and extinct volcanoes, a diverse range of ecosystems and some spectacular landscapes." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Mount Ruapehu is one of the world's most active volcanoes. Thanks to Shawn of New Zealand.

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Tongariro Cross a saddle between Mt.Tongariro and Mt. Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park. Filming was done here for the movie "Lord of the Ring". Thanks to Adrienne of New Zealand.

Postcard 3 Thanks to Adrienne of New Zealand.