Saudi Arabia - Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah

"Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah (Saudi Arabia) is situated on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. From the 7th century A.D. it was established as a major port for Indian Ocean trade routes, channeling goods to Mecca. It was also the gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Mecca who arrived by sea. These twin roles saw the city develop into a thriving multicultural centre, characterized by a distinctive architectural tradition, including tower houses built in the late 19th century by the city’s mercantile elites, and combining Red Sea coastal coral building traditions with influences and crafts from along the trade routes.."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

House of Nasif in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This is my 10th written stamped postcard mailed from Saudi Arabia. Thanks so much.

Suriname - Historic Inner City of Paramaribo

"Paramaribo is a former Dutch colonial town from the 17th and 18th centuries planted on the northern coast of tropical South America. The original and highly characteristic street plan of the historic centre remains intact. Its buildings illustrate the gradual fusion of Dutch architectural influence with traditional local techniques and materials." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Aerial view of Paramaribo, Suriname. Thanks to Jo of UK who was visiting.

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What a beautiful aerial view of Paramaribo with fine architecture. Suriname is the former Dutch possession of the Guyanas in South America.

United Arab Emirates - Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas)

"The Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas) constitute a serial property that testifies to sedentary human occupation of a desert region since the Neolithic period with vestiges of many prehistoric cultures. Remarkable vestiges in the property include circular stone tombs (ca 2500 B.C.), wells and a wide range of adobe constructions: residential buildings, towers, palaces and administrative buildings. Hili moreover features one of the oldest examples of the sophisticated aflaj irrigation system which dates back to the Iron Age. The property provides important testimony to the transition of cultures in the region from hunting and gathering to sedentarization." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Al Ain, UAE. Thanks to Salah of UAE.

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A multi-view of UAE showing the Al Ain World Heritage at the bottom picture. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France.

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Al-Ain National Palace Museum in the Al-Ain oasis, UAE. Thanks so much to Simone for mailing from UAE.

Cambodia - Angkor

"Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Aspara Angkow Wat - beautiful frieze in Angkor Wat, Siem Reap. Thanks to Raymond of Malaysia who was visiting Angkor Wat.

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Nice postcard of Angkor Wat with beautiful stamps used. Thanks to Matthew of Malaysia was visiting there.

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What a beautiful postcard of Angkor Wat. I had visited Angkor Wat and the many temples in Angkor. Was amazed by the beautiful sunrise and sunset amongst these majestic ruins of the Khmer empire. Thanks so much to Roel for sending from Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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The King's smiling faces in all four directions of the famous Bayon Temple in the Angkor Wat temple complex. Thanks to Claus of Denmark who went bicycling around Cambodia.

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I visited this famous Ta Prohm temple was "strangled" by the roots of giant trees. Thanks so much to Jo for sending from Angkor, Siem Reap Cambodia.

Tunisia - Medina of Tunis

"Under the Almohads and the Hafsids, from the 12th to the 16th century, Tunis was considered one of the greatest and wealthiest cities in the Islamic world. Some 700 monuments, including palaces, mosques, mausoleums, madrasas and fountains, testify to this remarkable past." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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One of the terraces in the Medina of Tunis. Thanks to Riad of Tunisia.

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Another wonderful surprise postcard of Tunis - the capital of Tunisia. Nice triangular stamp - no postmark. Thanks so much to Cliffe of Luxembourg.

Iceland - Þingvellir National Park

"Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is the National Park where the Althing – an open-air assembly, which represented the whole of Iceland – was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798. Over two weeks a year, the assembly set laws – seen as a covenant between free men – and settled disputes. The Althing has deep historical and symbolic associations for the people of Iceland. The property includes the Þingvellir National Park and the remains of the Althing itself: fragments of around 50 booths built from turf and stone. Remains from the 10th century are thought to be buried underground. The site also includes remains of agricultural use from the 18th and 19th centuries. The park shows evidence of the way the landscape was husbanded over 1,000 years." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Aerial view of Pingvelli National Park. Postmarked REYKJAVIK Aug 5, 2014 and arrived in Penang island on Aug 25, 2014. Thanks to Patrik of Estonia.

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Postcard of Thingvellir National Park bought in Iceland and mailed from Luxembourg. Thanks to Michael of Luxembourg who was visiting Iceland.

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View Thingvllier National Park of Iceland. Thanks to Ingo of Germany.

South Korea - Gyeongju Historic Areas

"The Gyeongju Historic Areas contain a remarkable concentration of outstanding examples of Korean Buddhist art, in the form of sculptures, reliefs, pagodas, and the remains of temples and palaces from the flowering, in particular between the 7th and 10th centuries, of this form of unique artistic expression." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

I travelled through the Gyeonju area. There are many National Treasurers from the Shilla dynasty. Bought these wonderful postcards there. The historic areas consists of 4 groups: Mount Namsan; Wolseong; Tumuli Park and Hwangnyongsa.

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Royal tombs at Gyeongju. Thanks to Jessica for sending from South Korea.

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Gyeongju Mount Namsan - Posokchong Site - Autumn playground of Shilla Kings.

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Gyeongju Wolseong - artificial Anapji Pond and Imhaejong Palace.

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Gyeonju Wolseong - Chomsongdae - the oldest observatory in the Orient.

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Gyeongju Tumuli Park - "The Flying Horse" painted in the excavated Tomb.

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Gyeongju Hwangnyongsa - Mochon Stone Pagoda of Bunghwangsa Temple.

Mexico - Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan

"Tlacotalpan, a Spanish colonial river port on the Gulf coast of Mexico, was founded in the mid-16th century. It has preserved its original urban fabric to a remarkable degree, with wide streets, colonnaded houses in a profusion of styles and colours, and many mature trees in the public open spaces and private gardens." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Traditional Spanish Colonial house facade in Tlacotlpen, Vera. Thanks to Amanda of USA. Postcard mailed from USA.

Costa Rica - Area de Conservación Guanacaste

"The Area de Conservación Guanacaste (inscribed in 1999), was extended with the addition of a 15,000 ha private property, St Elena. It contains important natural habitats for the conservation of biological diversity, including the best dry forest habitats from Central America to northern Mexico and key habitats for endangered or rare plant and animal species. The site demonstrates significant ecological processes in both its terrestrial and marine-coastal environments." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Playa Naranjo, Parque Nacional Santa Rosa with little rock island called Roca Bruja. Thanks to Marco of Costa Rica.

Italy - Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily)

"The eight towns in south-eastern Sicily: Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli, were all rebuilt after 1693 on or beside towns existing at the time of the earthquake which took place in that year. They represent a considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a high level of architectural and artistic achievement. Keeping within the late Baroque style of the day, they also depict distinctive innovations in town planning and urban building." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Sculptures of Modica, south Sicily. Thanks to Pietro of Sicily, Italy.

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Noto - one of the eight towns. Thanks to Johnson of UK.

India - Churches and Convents of Goa

"The churches and convents of Goa, the former capital of the Portuguese Indies – particularly the Church of Bom Jesus, which contains the tomb of St Francis-Xavier – illustrate the evangelization of Asia. These monuments were influential in spreading forms of Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque art in all the countries of Asia where missions were established." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Map of Goa and Basilica of Bom Jesus. Thanks to Dominic of Goa, India.

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Old Goa Church - Basilica of Bom Jesus which contains the relics of St Francis Xavier. The feast of St. Xavier is celebrated on December 3 annually. Thanks to Dessai of Goa, India. Postcard was sent on June 17, 2013 and arrived in Penang Island on June 25, 2013.

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Sunset view of Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa, India. Thanks to Slywia of Poland.