Canada - SGang Gwaay

"The village of Ninstints (Nans Dins) is located on a small island off the west coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii). Remains of houses, together with carved mortuary and memorial poles, illustrate the Haida people's art and way of life. The site commemorates the living culture of the Haida people and their relationship to the land and sea, and offers a visual key to their oral traditions."
Source: UNESCO World Heritage


Postcard 1
SGang Gwaay. Beautiful prepaid postcard by Canada Post with matching printed stamp. Thanks so much to CJ of Canada.




Postcard 2
What a beautiful postcard showing the last remaining original totem poles that standing in their original positions in Ninstints Village, British Columbia. Thanks to TAM of British Columbia, Canada.



Germany - Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey

"Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey are located along the Weser River on the outskirts of Höxter where they were erected between 822 and 885 A.D. in a largely preserved rural setting. The Westwork is the only standing structure that dates back to the Carolingian era, while the original imperial abbey complex is preserved as archaeological remains which are only partially excavated. The Westwork of Corvey uniquely illustrates one of the most important Carolingian architectural expressions. It is a genuine creation of this period, and its architectural articulation and decoration clearly illustrate the role played within the Frankish empire by imperial monasteries in securing territorial control, administration, as well as the propagation of Christianity and of the Carolingian cultural and political order throughout Europe."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage



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Aerial view of Weserbergland Kloster Corvey. Thanks to Anke of Germany.



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Guatemala - Antigua Guatemala

"Antigua, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, was founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 m above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773 but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. In the space of under three centuries the city, which was built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance, acquired a number of superb monuments." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Colonial Antigua. Thanks to Oscar of Guatemala. Postmarked June 16, 2014 and arrived in Penang island on July 20, 2014.







Postcard 2
San Francisco Church in Antigua with the awesome volcano in the background. Thanks to Angelika of USA who visited Guatemala.






Postcard 3
Colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. Postmarked January 18, 2012 and arrived in Penang on February 9, 2012. Thanks to PJSubway of USA who was travelling to Guatemala.








Postcard 4
Arco de Santa Catarina, Antigua, Guatemala. I bought this postcard at Guatemala Pavilion at 2010 Shanghai World Expo, China in October 2010.




Postcard 5
What an amazing postcard of colonial town of Antigua in Guatemala. This postcard was mailed from neighboring Belize. Thanks so much Andy of Singapore for this exceptional postcard.


Netherlands - Van Nellefabriek

"Van Nellefabriek (Netherlands) was designed and built in the 1920s on the banks of a canal in the Spaanse Polder industrial zone northwest of Rotterdam. The site is one of the icons of 20th century industrial architecture, comprising a complex of factories, with facades consisting essentially of steel and glass, making large-scale use of the curtain wall principle. It was conceived as an “ideal factory”; open to the outside world, whose interior working spaces evolved according to need, and in which daylight was used to provide pleasant working conditions. It embodies the new kind of factory that became a symbol of the modernist and functionalist culture of the inter-war period and bears witness to the long commercial and industrial history of the Netherlands in the field of importation and processing of food products from tropical countries, and their industrial processing for marketing in Europe".

Source: UNESCO World Heritage



VanNellefabriek factory. Thanks to Mike of Netherlands.

Denmark - Stevns Klint

"This geological site comprises a 15 km-long fossil-rich coastal cliff, offering exceptional evidence of the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite that crashed into the planet at the end of the Cretaceous, about 65 millions years ago. Researchers think that this caused the most remarkable mass extinction ever, responsible for the disappearance of over 50% of all life on Earth. The site harbours a record of the cloud of ash formed by the impact of the meteorite – the exact site of the impact being at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. An exceptional fossil record is visible at the site, showing the complete succession of fauna and micro-fauna charting the recovery after the mass extinction."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


Stevns Klint - HOJERUP, Denmark. Thanks to Genek of Denmark.


France - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe

"Known as the 'Romanesque Sistine Chapel', the Abbey-Church of Saint-Savin contains many beautiful 11th- and 12th-century murals which are still in a remarkable state of preservation." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Abbey of Saint-Savin, sur Gartempe, France. Thanks to Fabienne who visited this Abbey.




Postcard 2
Saint Savin at Veinne. Nice multiview showing murals and columns. Thanks to Igor of Lithuania who mailed from France.






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External view of Abbey Church of Saint-Savin dur Gartempe, France. This postcard was printed in Sydney, Australia. Thanks to Nancy of France.

Uzbekistan - Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz

"The historic centre of Shakhrisyabz contains a collection of exceptional monuments and ancient quarters which bear witness to the city's secular development, and particularly to the period of its apogee, under the rule of Amir Temur and the Temurids, in the 15th-16th century.” 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Saray Palace of Shakhrisyabz built Timur  Lane. Thanks to DAO of United Kingdom for mailed from Uzbekistan.







Postcard 2
Jahangir Mausoleum of Shakhrisabs, Uzbekistan. Thanks to Gilles of Belgium.


Guatemala - Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua

"Inhabited since the 2nd century A.D., Quirigua had become during the reign of Cauac Sky (723–84) the capital of an autonomous and prosperous state. The ruins of Quirigua contain some outstanding 8th-century monuments and an impressive series of carved stelae and sculpted calendars that constitute an essential source for the study of Mayan civilization." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Multi-view of Quirigua. Thanks to Jose of Guatemala.






Postcard 2
Estela de Quirigua, Guatemala. Thanks to Ale of Guatemala. Three beautiful stamps used.






Postcard 3
Two wonderful postcards of Quirigua of Guatemala. Thanks to Rene of El Salvador.





Postcard 4
Thanks to Rene of El Salvador.




Postcard 5
Another postcard. Thanks to David of USA.

Canada - Gros Morne National Park

"Situated on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland, the park provides a rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth's mantle lie exposed. More recent glacial action has resulted in some spectacular scenery, with coastal lowland, alpine plateau, fjords, glacial valleys, sheer cliffs, waterfalls and many pristine lakes." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Post Canada prepaid postcard of Gros Morne. Thanks to Jason of Canada.






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A CNF - Canada Nature Federation postcard of Gros Morne National Park. Nice colorful stamps used. Thanks to Jaime of Canada.



Japan - Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land

"Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (Japan) comprises five sites, including the sacred Mount Kinkeisan. It features vestiges of government offices dating from the 11th and 12th centuries when Hiraizumi was the administrative centre of the northern realm of Japan and rivalled Kyoto. The realm was based on the cosmology of Pure Land Buddhism, which spread to Japan in the 8th century. It represented the pure land of Buddha that people aspire to after death, as well as peace of mind in this life. In combination with indigenous Japanese nature worship and Shintoism, Pure Land Buddhism developed a concept of planning and garden design that was unique to Japan." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Muryokoin-ato
Muryokoin-ato was a very large temple but now a mainly a rice field. Thanks to Kayu of Japan.




Postcard 2 - Kanjizaio in Ato
Kanjizaio used to be temples before, now a park. Ato means ruins in Japanese. Thanks to Kayu of Japan.




Postcard 3 - Mt Kinkeisan
Mount Kinkeisan. Thanks to Kayu of Japan for mailing this postcard from Hiraizumi, Iwate, Japan.






Postcard 4 - Chusonji Temple
Chusonji Temple - one of five sites of Hiraizumi. Nice Nippon Christmas stamp used. Thanks to Kenji-san of Japan.







Postcard 5 - Moutsuji Temple
Moutsuji Temple of Hiraizumi. Thanks to Kenji-san of Japan.