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.

Canary Islands (Spain) - San Cristóbal de La Laguna

"San Cristóbal de La Laguna, in the Canary Islands, has two nuclei: the original, unplanned Upper Town; and the Lower Town, the first ideal 'city-territory' laid out according to philosophical principles. Its wide streets and open spaces have a number of fine churches and public and private buildings dating from the 16th to the 18th century." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Multi-view of the historic ensemble of San Cristobal de La Laguna, Tenerife. Thanks to Patricia.




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This is my 625th UNESCO World Heritage card. View of the Cathedral of La Laguna. San Cristobal de La Laguna is commonly known as La Laguna. It is located in the northern part of Tenerife island of the Canary Islands off north east Africa. Thanks to Inigo of Spain.


Bosnia Herzegovinia - Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar

"The historic town of Mostar, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town and during the Austro-Hungarian period in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which it is named. In the 1990 conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned architect Sinan, was destroyed. The Old Bridge was recently rebuilt and many of the edifices in the Old Town have been restored or rebuilt with the contribution of an international scientific committee established by UNESCO. The Old Bridge area, with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European architectural features, is an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement. The reconstructed Old Bridge and Old City of Mostar is a symbol of reconciliation, international co-operation and of the coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Another nice Mostar Bridge postcard, postmarked at Mostar. Thanks to Elena of Bosnia and Herzegovina.





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Bosnia Herzegovinia has 3 different postal services: 1) Hrvatska Pošta Mostar; 2) BH Pošta; 3) Pošte Srpske. I finally received this beautiful Mostar Bridge postcard mailed using HP Mostar stamps. Thanks to Jasmin of Bosnia & Herzegovinia.



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Mostar Bridge. BH Posta used. Thanks to DAO of United Kingdom for mailing this postcard cancelled in Mostar.



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A nice aerial view of Mostar town with the famous Mostar bridge. Thanks to Snjezana of Bosnia and Herzegovinia.





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I saw a documentary of how this incredible "Old Bridge" at Mostar was rebuilt stone by stone after it was blown into pieces during the war. What a beautiful bridge of human ingenuity and perserverence. Thanks to Grete who travelling through the Balkan states for sending me this impressive postcard.


Greece - Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina)

"The city of Aigai, the ancient first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia, was discovered in the 19th century near Vergina, in northern Greece. The most important remains are the monumental palace, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Vergina (Aigai) treasure. Thanks to Elena who mailed this postcard inside envelope from Greece.


Greece - Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos

"Many civilizations have inhabited this small Aegean island, near Asia Minor, since the 3rd millennium B.C. The remains of Pythagoreion, an ancient fortified port with Greek and Roman monuments and a spectacular tunnel-aqueduct, as well as the Heraion, temple of the Samian Hera, can still be seen." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Heraion of Samos. Thanks to Elena of Greece who mailed this postcard inside envelope.

Greece - Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

"This famous temple to the god of healing and the sun was built towards the middle of the 5th century B.C. in the lonely heights of the Arcadian mountains. The temple, which has the oldest Corinthian capital yet found, combines the Archaic style and the serenity of the Doric style with some daring architectural features." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Bassae, Greece. Thanks to Elena for mailing this postcard inside an envelope from Greece.

China - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Silk Roads - the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor

"Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor is a 5,000 kilometre section of the extensive Silk Roads network, stretching from Chang’an/Luoyang, the central capital of China in the Han and Tang Dynasties, to the Zhetysu Region of Central Asia. It took shape between the 2nd century BC and 1st century AD and remained in use until the 16th century, linking multiple civilizations, and facilitating far-reaching exchanges of activities in trade, religious beliefs, scientific knowledge, technological innovation, cultural practices and the arts. The 33 components included in the routes network include capital cities and palace complexes of various empires and Khan kingdoms, trading settlements, Buddhist cave temples, ancient paths, posthouses, passes, beacon towers, sections of The Great Wall, fortifications, tombs and religious buildings.

There are a total of 33 sites listed which are  25 archaelogical sites; 3 historical buildings; 1 tomb; 4 cave temples. Plus two which are already inscribed UNESCO World Heritage (Longmen grottoes and Magao Caves).


China - Central China
- Luoyang City, Eastern Han-Northern Wei Dynasty (1st – 6th AD) (Luoyang, Henan) 
- Dingding Gate, Luoyang City, Sui -Tang Dynasties (Luoyang, Hena)
- Longmen grottoes (already inscribed on the World Heritage list) - have postcard
- Han’gu pass (Henan)
- Shihao section of Xiaohan route  (Henan)
- Weiyang Palace, Chang’an City, Western Han Dynasty (2nd BC – 1st AD) (Xian) 
- Daming Palace, Chang’an City, Tang Dynasty (7th -10th AD)  (Xian)
- Great Wild Goose Pagoda (Xian) 
- Small Wild Goose Pagoda (Xian)
- Xingjiaosi Pagodas (Xian)
- Bin county cave temple (Shaanxi) 
- Zhang Qian tomb (Shaanxi)
- Maijishan cave temple complex - have postcard

China - Hosi Corridor
- Bingling cave temple complex (Gansu)
- Xuanquan posthouse (Gansu)
- Suoyang city (Gansu)
- Mogao caves (already inscribed on the World Heritage List) - have postcard 
- Yumen pass (Gansu)

China - North and South Tianshan Mountains
- Qocho City (Turpan, Xinjiang)
- Yar City Site of Bashbaliq City (Turpan, Xinjiang) 
- Kizil cave temple (Jimshar,  Xinjiang)
- Subash Buddhist temple (Kuqa, Xinjiang)
- Kizilgaha Beacon tower (Kuqa, Xinjiang)
- Bachbaliq city (Kuqa, Xinjiang)

Kazakhstan - Zhetysu Region
- Kayalyk (Almaty Province)
- Talgar  (Almaty Province)
- Karamergen (Almaty Province)
- Aktobe (Jambyl Province)
- Kulan (Jambyl Province)
- Ornek (Jambyl Province)
- Kostobe (Jambyl Province)
- Akyrtas (Jambyl Province)

Kyrgzstan - Zhetsyu Region
- Suyab (Site of Ak-Beshim)  (Chuy Province)
- City of Balasagun (Site of Burana) - have postcard 
- City of Nevaket (Site of Krasnaya Rechka) (Chuy Province)


Source: UNESCO World Heritage


KYEGYZSTAN - BURANA
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Burana Tower, a surviving remnant of ancient city of Balasagun, on a clear day with majestic view of Kyrgyz Alatau mountains. Thanks to DAO of United Kingdom who visited Kyrgzstan.





CHINA - YUMEN PASS, GANSU
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Yumen Pass in Gansu. Nice Silk Road stamps with special cancellation. Thanks to Wu of China.



CHINA - MAJISHAN CAVE TEMPLE COMPLEX, GANSU
Majishan Cave Temple Complex, Gansu,  China. I bought these two Maji-shan postcards in Shanghai in November 2011.

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CHINA - LONGMEN GROTTOES, HENAN
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The first postcard is from the postcard set of World Heritages of China that I bought in Beijing - Longmen Grottoes.




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CHINA - MOGAO CAVES. GANSU
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Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, Gansu is one of China's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Beautiful cave paintings. Very nice island and butterfly stamps used. Postage was surface mail. Thanks so much to Xingshan of Zhongshan, China.





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Postcard of Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes which was bought in Beijing, China.