Russia - Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex

"This property lies on the shores of the Volga River, south of its confluence with the River Kama, and south of the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan. It contains evidence of the medieval city of Bolgar, an early settlement of the civilization of Volga-Bolgars, which existed between the 7th and the 15th centuries, and was the first capital of the Golden Horde in the 13th century. Bolgar represents the historical cultural exchanges and transformations of Eurasia over several centuries that played a pivotal role in the formation of civilizations, customs and cultural traditions. The property provides remarkable evidence of historic continuity and cultural diversity. It is a symbolic reminder of the acceptance of Islam by the Volga-Bolgars in 922 AD and remains a sacred, pilgrimage destination to the Tatar Muslims."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


Bolgar Central architectural complex. Nice Russia Postcrossing stamp used. Thanks to Evgeniya of Russia.

Germany - Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier

"Trier, which stands on the Moselle River, was a Roman colony from the 1st century AD and then a great trading centre beginning in the next century. It became one of the capitals of the Tetrarchy at the end of the 3rd century, when it was known as the ‘second Rome’. The number and quality of the surviving monuments are an outstanding testimony to Roman civilization." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
I visited Porta Nigra, Trier and sent this postcard to myself in May 2015.



Postcard 2
Multi-view of Trier. Thanks to Volka of Germany.


Postcard 3
A multiview of different Roman sites of Trier. Thanks to YL who visited Trier.






Postcard 4
Porta Nigra of Trier. Nice stamps used. Postmarked in Germany on August 1, 2010 and arrived in Penang on August 10, 2010. Thanks to Michael of Luxembourg.





Postcard 5
Night view of Porta Nigra, the colossal Black Gate is one of the most landmark of Roman Trier. At 30m high, with double arched gate, it is one of best preserved ancient Roman city gate built in th 2nd century AD. Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage stamps used. Thanks to Michael of Luxembourg.





Postcard 6 - Igel Column, Igel
The famous Igel Column of Igel is one of the many Roman monuments near Trier. Nice German stamps used. Thanks to Michael of Luxembourg.





Postcards 7A, 7B
I received two copies of this cool postcard of Roman Imperial Bath of the 4th century AD. It is one of the fifth largest in the Roman Empire. Located in Trier - Kaiserthermen. The first postcard is from Amarilis of Germany.




The second postcard is from Ruth of USA.

Germany - Cologne Cathedral

"Begun in 1248, the construction of this Gothic masterpiece took place in several stages and was not completed until 1880. Over seven centuries, successive builders were inspired by the same faith and a spirit of absolute fidelity to the original plans. Apart from its exceptional intrinsic value and the artistic masterpieces it contains, Cologne Cathedral testifies to the enduring strength of European Christianity." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
I visited Koln Cathedral and sent this postcard to myself.




Postcard 2 - Koln City View
Cologne (Koln) on Rhine River.Koln am Rhein Stadtpanorama. Thanks to Vanda.




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.


Czech Republic - Historic Centre of Prague

"Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, the Old Town, the Lesser Town and the New Town speak of the great architectural and cultural influence enjoyed by this city since the Middle Ages. The many magnificent monuments, such as Hradcani Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and numerous churches and palaces, built mostly in the 14th century under the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague. I visited this amazing cathedral and cancelled this postcard in the post office located opposite the cathedral during my visit in May, 2015.



Postcard 2
I really like this picturesque postcard of Praque (Praha), the capital of Czech Republic (Ceska Republika). I used to collect many Czechoslavakia stamps. Now these are two independent countries - Czech Republic and Slovakia. Thanks very much to Adela for sending this nice card.






Postcard 3
Prague has become a major tourist destination. Nice multiview postcard - thanks to Mark of Malta.



Germany - Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin

"With 500 ha of parks and 150 buildings constructed between 1730 and 1916, Potsdam's complex of palaces and parks forms an artistic whole, whose eclectic nature reinforces its sense of uniqueness. It extends into the district of Berlin-Zehlendorf, with the palaces and parks lining the banks of the River Havel and Lake Glienicke. Voltaire stayed at the Sans-Souci Palace, built under Frederick II between 1745 and 1747." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Aerial view of Sanssouci Palace and Garden. I visited this awesome garden in May 2015 and mailed this postcard from Potsdam to myself.




Postcard 2
Schloss Sanssouci. Thanks to YL for mailing from Schloss Sanssouci. The postcard was missent to Taipei but safely arrived in Penang Island in Dec 16, 2014.





Postcard 3
Schloss Sanssouci, Potsdam. Thanks to Ruth for mailing from Berlin, Germany.





Postcard 4 - Berlin - Pfraueninsel
Peacock Island castle in Berlin. Thanks to Karoline of Germany.






Postcard 5 - Potsdam Map





Postcard 6 - Potsdam Map







Postcard 7 - Potsdam - Sanssouci
The name of Postdam reminds me of the Treaty of Potsdam. Thanks to Rafal of Germany.


Germany - Speyer Cathedral

"Speyer Cathedral, a basilica with four towers and two domes, was founded by Conrad II in 1030 and remodelled at the end of the 11th century. It is one of the most important Romanesque monuments from the time of the Holy Roman Empire. The cathedral was the burial place of the German emperors for almost 300 years." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
I visited Speyer, Germany and mailed this postcard to myself.



Postcard 2
Speyer Cathedral from Germany. Thanks to YL who visited Speyer.







Postcard 3
Emperor's and St. Mary's Cathedral, Speyer, Germany. Thanks to YL and family. Mailed on July 4, 2012 and arrived in Penang on July 11, 2012.




Postcard 4 - Kaiserdom zu Speyer
One of the most important cathedrals of Holy Roman Empire. A UNESCO for sure. Thanks Ingrid.