Japan - Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining

"The site encompasses a series of twenty three component parts, mainly located in the southwest of Japan. It bears testimony to the rapid industrialization of the country from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century, through the development of the steel industry, shipbuilding and coal mining. The site illustrates the process by which feudal Japan sought technology transfer from Europe and America from the middle of the 19th century and how this technology was adapted to the country’s needs and social traditions. The site testifies to what is considered to be the first successful transfer of Western industrialization to a non-Western nation."
Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Former Glover House or Glover Tei is located in Nagasaki, Kyushu. Sent by Kenji of Hakata, Kyushu, Japan.

DR Congo - Garamba National Park

"The park's immense savannahs, grasslands and woodlands, interspersed with gallery forests along the river banks and the swampy depressions, are home to four large mammals: the elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus and above all the white rhinoceros. Though much larger than the black rhino, it is harmless; only some 30 individuals remain." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Rhinoceros in Garamba National Park. Thanks to Faisal who bought this postcard in DR Congo and sent it from Pakistan.

DR Congo - Kahuzi-Biega National Park

"A vast area of primary tropical forest dominated by two spectacular extinct volcanoes, Kahuzi and Biega, the park has a diverse and abundant fauna. One of the last groups of eastern lowland (graueri) gorillas (consisting of only some 250 individuals) lives at between 2,100 and 2,400 m above sea-level." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Lowland gorillas in Kahuza Biega National Park. Thanks to Faizal who bought this postcard and mailed it from Pakistan.

DR Congo - Virunga National Park

"Virunga National Park (covering an area of 790,000 ha) comprises an outstanding diversity of habitats, ranging from swamps and steppes to the snowfields of Rwenzori at an altitude of over 5,000 m, and from lava plains to the savannahs on the slopes of volcanoes. Mountain gorillas are found in the park, some 20,000 hippopotamuses live in the rivers and birds from Siberia spend the winter there." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Mountain gorillas at Virunga National Park. Thanks to Faisal of Pakistan who bought this postcard in DR Congo and mailed it from Pakistan.

Argentina - Bolivia - Chile - Colombia - Ecuador - Peru - Qhapac Ñan, Andean Road System

"Qhapac Ñan, Andean Road System (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) is an extensive Inca communication, trade and defense network of roads covering 30,000 kilometres. Constructed by the Incas over several centuries and partly based on pre-Inca infrastructure, this extraordinary network through one of the world’s most extreme geographical terrains, linked the snow-capped peaks of the Andes – at an altitude of more than 6,000 metres – to the coast, running through hot rainforests, fertile valleys and absolute deserts. It reached its maximum expansion in the 15th century, when it spread across the length and breadth of the Andes. The Qhapac Ñan Andean Road System includes 273 component sites, spreading over more than 6,000 kilometres. They were selected to highlight the social, political, architectural and engineering achievements of the network, along with its associated infrastructure for trade, accommodation and storage, and sites of religious significance."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Map of Inca trail or Andean Road System in Peru. Thanks to Luk of Belgium who visited Peru.

Turkey - Ephesus

"The Temple of Artemis, which was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is situated on the edge of this small town. The city which was situated at the beginning of the Persian Royal Road has survived sufficiently enough to enable us to understand the ancient way of life in Ephesus. It is one of the cities which played an impressive role in the beginnings of Christianity and during the period of its proliferation (St.John Church and the shrine of the Virgin Mary). It contains one of the most spectacular examples of religious architecture of the Seljuk Period." Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1 - Aerial view of Ephesus - Efes
Thanks to Silas of USA who was visiting here.

Postcard 2 - Church of St. Mary, Ephesus
Thanks to Anna of Florida, USA who was visiting Efes.

United States - San Antonio Missions

Mission San Antonio (The Alamo); Mission Concepcion; Mission San Jose; Mission San Juan; Mission Espada

"The site encompasses a group of five frontier mission complexes situated along a stretch of the San Antonio River basin in southern Texas, as well as a ranch located 37 kilometres to the south. It includes architectural and archaeological structures, farmlands, residencies, churches and granaries, as well as water distribution systems. The complexes were built by Franciscan missionaries in the 18th century and illustrate the Spanish Crown’s efforts to colonize, evangelize and defend the northern frontier of New Spain. The San Antonio Missions are also an example of the interweaving of Spanish and Coahuiltecan cultures, illustrated by a variety of features, including the decorative elements of churches, which combine Catholic symbols with indigenous designs inspired by nature."

Source: UNESCO World Hertiage Tentative List

Postcard 1 - Missions of Espada - San Jose - San Juan - Concepcion
Mission Espada, Mission SanJose, Mission San Juan and Mission Concepcion of San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to Veeder of USA.

Postcard 2 - Mission San Antonio
The famous Alamo is one of the San Antonio Missions in Texas. Thanks so much to Jim of Arizona who was visiting.

Postcard 3 - Mission San Jose
A cool postcard of Mission San Jose of San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to Jim of Arizona, USA who was visiting.

United Kingdom - The Forth Bridge

"This railway bridge spanning the estuary of the Forth River in Scotland is the world’s longest multi-span cantilever bridge. It opened in 1890 and continues to carry passengers and freight. Its distinctive industrial aesthetic is the result of a forthright and unadorned display of its structural components. Innovative in style, materials and scale, the Forth Bridge is an important milestone in bridge design and construction during the period when railways came to dominate long-distance land travel."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

The Forth Raily Bridge of Scotland, UK. This postcard was sent wrapped inside a Royal Mail transparent plastic envelope to protect the postcardBeautiful stamps used. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France.

Germany - Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus

"Speicherstadt and the adjacent Kontorhaus district are two densely built urban areas in the centre of the port city of Hamburg. Speicherstadt, originally developed on a group of narrow islands in the Elbe River between 1885 and 1927, was partly rebuilt from 1949 to 1967. It is one of the largest coherent historic ensembles of port warehouses in the world (300,000 m2). It includes 15 very large warehouse blocks as well as six ancillary buildings and a connecting network of short canals. Adjacent to the modernist Chilehaus office building, the Kontorhaus district is an area of over five hectares featuring six very large office complexes built from the 1920s to the 1940s to house port-related businesses. The complex exemplifies the effects of the rapid growth in international trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
I visited this Hamburg old warehouse site and send this postcard to myself.

Postcard 2
Hollanfleed and Wandrahmsfleet in Speicherstadt of Hamburg. Thanks to Simone of Germany.

Turkey - Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape

"Located on an escarpment of the Upper Tigres River Basin that is part of the so-called Fertile Crescent, the fortified city of Diyarbakir and the landscape around has been an important centre since the Hellenistic period, through the Roman, Sassanid, Byzantine, Islamic and Ottoman times to the present. The site encompasses the Amida Mound, known as İçkale (inner castle), the 5.8km-long city walls of Diyarbakir with their numerous towers, gates, buttresses, and 63 inscriptions from different periods, as well as Hevsel Gardens, a green link between the city and the Tigris that supplied the city with food and water."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

A multi-view of Diyarbakir showing the citadel in the top middle view. Thanks to Onder of Turkey.

France - Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars

"The property encompasses sites where the method of producing sparkling wines was developed on the principle of secondary fermentation in the bottle since the early 17th century to its early industrialization in the 19th century. The property is made up of three distinct ensembles: the historic vineyards of Hautvilliers, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Saint-Nicaise Hill in Reims, and the Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabrol in Epernay. These three components – the supply basin formed by the historic hillsides, the production sites (with their underground cellars) and the sales and distribution centres (the Champagne Houses) - illustrate the entire champagne production process. The property bears clear testimony to the development of a very specialized artisan activity that has become an agro-industrial enterprise."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Champagne vineyards and Mill in Verzenay, Marne near city of Reims. Thanks to Nathalie of France and for using different nice stamps one each postcard. Merci beaucoup.

Postcard 2
Wine making of champagne at Sezanne, Marne in the Champagne region of France.

France - Climats, terroirs of Burgundy

"The climates are precisely delimited vineyard parcels on the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune south of the city of Dijon. They differ from one another due to specific natural conditions (geology and exposure) as well as vine types and have been shaped by human cultivation. Over time they came to be recognized by the wine they produce. This cultural landscape consists of two parts. Firstly, the vineyards and associated production units including villages and the town of Beaune, which together represent the commercial dimension of the production system. The second part includes the historic centre of Dijon, which embodies the political regulatory impetus that gave birth to the climatssystem. The site is an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Cote de Nuits of Morey Saint Denis, Vosne Romanee, Clos de Vougeot, Nuits Saint Georges, Gevrey Chambertin. Thanks to Fabienne for mailing from France.