"Located in a limestone plateau of the Ardeche River in southern France, the property contains the earliest known and best preserved figurative drawings in the world, dating back as early as the Aurignacian period (30,000 to 32,000 BP), making it an exceptional testimony of prehistoric art. The cave was closed off by a rock fall approximately 20,000 years BP and remained sealed until its discovery in 1994, which helped keep it in pristine condition. Over 1,000 images have so far been inventoried on its walls, combining a variety of anthropomorphic and animal motifs. They are of exceptional aesthetic quality, demonstrate a range of techniques, including the skillful use of colour, combinations of paint and engraving, anatomical precision, three-dimensionality and movement. They include several dangerous animal species difficult to observe at that time, such as mammoths, bears, wildcats, rhinos, bison and aurochs, as well as 4,000 inventoried remains of prehistoric fauna, and a variety of human footprints. A replica of the cave is under construction, and is due to open in April 2015."
Source: UNESCO World Heritage
Cave drawings of Chauvet Cave. Thanks to Gilles of France. Merci beaucoup.
Chauvet Cave - different postcard. Thanks to Christine of France.
"In the 1st century A.D. the Roman Imperial authorities began to exploit the gold deposits of this region in north-west Spain, using a technique based on hydraulic power. After two centuries of working the deposits, the Romans withdrew, leaving a devastated landscape. Since there was no subsequent industrial activity, the dramatic traces of this remarkable ancient technology are visible everywhere as sheer faces in the mountainsides and the vast areas of tailings, now used for agriculture." Source: UNESCO World Heritage
This landscape was a gold mining area during the Roman Empire. Thanks to Jordi of Spain.
A winter view of Las Medulas, Spain. Thanks to Marie of Spain.
"This former duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas is one of the major wintering areas for large numbers of aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. Some 364 species of birds, including the rare Siberian crane, have been recorded in the park." Source: UNESCO World Heritage
Keoladeo National Park is a winter gathering of over 364 species of birds. I went by the entrance of this national park but did not get to visit it. This postcard is good enough. Thanks to Prashanth of India.
Birds in flight in Keoladeo National Park of Rajasthan, India. Thanks to Sita of India.
"Berlin Modernism Housing Estates. The property consists of six housing estates that testify to innovative housing policies from 1910 to 1933, especially during the Weimar Republic, when the city of Berlin was particularly progressive socially, politically and culturally. The property is an outstanding example of the building reform movement that contributed to improving housing and living conditions for people with low incomes through novel approaches to town planning, architecture and garden design. The estates also provide exceptional examples of new urban and architectural typologies, featuring fresh design solutions, as well as technical and aesthetic innovations. Bruno Taut, Martin Wagner and Walter Gropius were among the leading architects of these projects which exercised considerable influence on the development of housing around the world." Source: UNESCO World Heritage
Multi-view showing all the six Berlin housing estates. Thanks to Eule of Germany.
The Falkenberg Estate is one of the oldest of the six Berlin Modernism Housing Estates. Nice flower stamps used. Thanks to Sabine of Kiel, Germany.
"At the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of the island of Newfoundland, the remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement are evidence of the first European presence in North America. The excavated remains of wood-framed peat-turf buildings are similar to those found in Norse Greenland and Iceland." Source: UNESCO World Heritage
Prepaid postcard by Canada Post of L'anse aux Meadows. Thanks to Stinkypaw of Canada.
L'anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada - 1000 years of history. Thanks to Julie of Canada.
"Québec was founded by the French explorer Champlain in the early 17th century. It is the only North American city to have preserved its ramparts, together with the numerous bastions, gates and defensive works which still surround Old Québec. The Upper Town, built on the cliff, has remained the religious and administrative centre, with its churches, convents and other monuments like the Dauphine Redoubt, the Citadel and Château Frontenac. Together with the Lower Town and its ancient districts, it forms an urban ensemble which is one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city." Source: UNESCO World Heritage
Prepaid postcard from Canada Post of Old Quebec. Thanks to Stinkypaw of Canada.
Aerial view of Chateau Frontenac and Lower Town of Ville de Quebec - the historical district of Old Quebec. Thanks to Carole of Quebec City, Canada.
Nice Quebec card from Caroline of Canada.
Thanks to Karlie of Canada for this Quebec card. Merci beaucoup.
"Inextricably linked to all the most important historical and political events in Russia since the 13th century, the Kremlin (built between the 14th and 17th centuries by outstanding Russian and foreign architects) was the residence of the Great Prince and also a religious centre. At the foot of its ramparts, on Red Square, St Basil's Basilica is one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox monuments." Source: UNESCO World Heritage
Moscow Red Square and Lenin Mausoleum. Thanks YL for mailing this nice postcard from Moscow, Russia. Mailed June 30, 2013, postmarked July 14, 2013 and arrived in Penang island on August 19, 2013.
Postcard 2 - Kremlin Night View
Moscow (MOCKBA) is the capital of the Russian Federation. Night view of the Moscow Kremlin. Thanks to Adrienne of New Zealand.
Postcard 3 - Kremlin Day View
View of Kremlin from Moscow River. Postcard was damaged during mailing but at least it arrived. Nice stamps used. Thanks to Julia of Russia.
Postcard 4 - Red Square
This is one of the most famous square in the world and is an iconic landmark of the Soviet Union and present day Russia. Thanks to Renee and Lauren for mailing this card to me.
Postcard 5 - Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed in Summer
One of the most beautiful cathedrals in Russia.
Postcard 6 - Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed in Winter
Thanks to Olga from Moscow.
Red Square of Moscow. Two hare (rabbit stamps used) and many beautiful Russian stamps too. Thanks to Tania of Moscow of Russia.
A Moscow (Moskva)River map which flows by the Kremlin. Many different nice Russian stamps used! Thanks to Mzk of Moscow, Russia.
Moscow.Thanks to Julia of Russia.
St.Basil Cathedral, Moscow.Thanks to Val of Seversk, Siberia, Russia.
"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
Mount Ruapehu is one of the world's most active volcanoes. Thanks to Shawn of New Zealand.
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.
Thanks to Adrienne of New Zealand.
Mount Ruapeu at dawn with year of monkey stamp used. Thanks to Sabine who was visiting New Zealand.
Mount Ngauruhoe, Tongariro National Park. Thanks to Ruth of USA for mailing from New Zealand.
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