Germany - Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch

"The abbey, together with its monumental entrance, the famous 'Torhall', are rare architectural vestiges of the Carolingian era. The sculptures and paintings from this period are still in remarkably good condition." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Lorsch, a representation of Carolingan architecture. Thanks to YL of Germany.

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View of the Konigshalle of Lorsch in Hesse, Germany. Thanks to Anne of Germany.

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Thanks to Ruth of USA.

Ireland - Skellig Michael

"This monastic complex, perched since about the 7th century on the steep sides of the rocky island of Skellig Michael, some 12 km off the coast of south-west Ireland, illustrates the very spartan existence of the first Irish Christians. Since the extreme remoteness of Skellig Michael has until recently discouraged visitors, the site is exceptionally well preserved." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Skellig Rocks. Thanks to Michael of Luxembourg for mailing from Ireland.

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Skellig Islands with matching stamp. Thanks to Paola for sending from Ireland.

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Multiview of Skellig Rocks, Kerry. Thanks to Paola who mailed from Ireland.

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Gannets on the Skellig rocks, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Mailed on December 3, 2010 and arrived in Penang on January 5, 2011. Nice Christmas stamp. Thanks to Paola for sending from Ireland.

Three nice postcards of Skellig Michael. Thanks to Hugh of Ireland for sending to me.

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Beehive Huts and High Cross on Skellig Michael with view of Small Skellig and Kerry Coastline.

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Skellig Michael is dedicated to S. Michael. At Great Skellig,enormous mass of pecipitous slaty rock used for two pyramidal summits up t 218 meters.

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View of small Skellig and Kerry coastline from Skellig Michael. A puffin in the foreground.

China - Chengjiang Fossil Site

"A hilly 512-hectare site in Yunnan Province, Chengjiang’s fossils present the most complete record of an early Cambrian marine community with exceptionally preserved biota, displaying the anatomy of hard and soft tissues in a very wide variety of organisms, invertebrate and vertebrate. They record the early establishment of a complex marine ecosystem. The site documents at least 16 phyla and a variety of enigmatic groups as well as about 196 species, presenting exceptional testimony to the rapid diversification of life on Earth 530 million years ago, when almost all of today’s major animal groups emerged. It opens a palaeobiological window of great significance to scholarship." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Multiview of Chengjiang Fossil. Thank Luo of China.

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A maxicard of Chengjiang Fossil. Thanks to Stanley of China.

South Korea - Hwaseong Fortress

"When the Choson emperor Chongjo moved his father's tomb to Suwon at the end of the 18th century, he surrounded it with strong defensive works, laid out according to the precepts of an influential military architect of the period, who brought together the latest developments in the field from both East and West. The massive walls, extending for nearly 6 km, still survive; they are pierced by four gates and equipped with bastions, artillery towers and other features.” Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Paldalmun, South Gate of Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon. Thanks to Joy of USA who was in South Korea.

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A tourism promotion card of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress by Korea Tourism Organization. Thanks to Johnson of UK.

Italy - Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata

"When Vesuvius erupted on 24 August AD 79, it engulfed the two flourishing Roman towns of Pompei and Herculaneum, as well as the many wealthy villas in the area. These have been progressively excavated and made accessible to the public since the mid-18th century. The vast expanse of the commercial town of Pompei contrasts with the smaller but better-preserved remains of the holiday resort of Herculaneum, while the superb wall paintings of the Villa Oplontis at Torre Annunziata give a vivid impression of the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the wealthier citizens of the Early Roman Empire." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1A - Herculaneum
Herculaneum or Ercolano aerial view. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France who visited this awesome site.

Postcard 2A - Pompeii
Nice multi-view of Pompeii. Mailed from Vatican City. Thanks to YL.

Postcard 2B - Pompeii
View of Pompeii ruins with the volcano in the background. Thanks to Ruth who was travelling to Pompeii, Italy.

Postcard 2C - Pompeii
Another view of Pompeii. Thanks to Karlie of Canada who was visiting this famous archaelogical site.

Postcard 2B- Herculaneum
Herculaneum - House of Great Portal. Less visited but better preserved than Pompeii. Thanks to Ruth who visited Herculaneum.

Postcard 3 - Torre Annunziata
Paintings at Villa Oplontis at Torre Annunziata. Thanks to Johnson of UK.

Canada - Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

"Red Bay, established by Basque mariners in the 16th century at the north-eastern tip of Canada on the shore of the Strait of Belle Isle is an archaeological site that provides the earliest, most complete and best preserved testimony of the European whaling tradition. Gran Baya, as it was called by those who founded the station in 1530s, was used as a base for coastal hunting, butchering, rendering of whale fat by heading to produce oil and storage. It became a major source of whale oil which was shipped to Europe where it was used for lighting. The site, which was used in the summer months, includes remains of rendering ovens, cooperages, wharves, temporary living quarters and a cemetery, together with underwater remains of vessels and whale bone deposits. The station was used for some 70 years, before the local whale population was depleted."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Red Bay, Labrador - Home of the Basque Whalaers and UNESCO World Hertiage Site. Thanks to Cindy of Labrador, Canada.

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Prepaid postcard from Post Canada. Thanks to Jason of Canada.

Romania - Historic Centre of Sighişoara

"Founded by German craftsmen and merchants known as the Saxons of Transylvania, Sighişoara is a fine example of a small, fortified medieval town which played an important strategic and commercial role on the fringes of central Europe for several centuries." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Sighisoara. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France.

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Multi-view of Sighisoara with amazingly beautiful matching Sighisoara UNESCO World Heritage stamps and a kingfisher stamp. Postmarked in Bucharest on August 19, 2010 and arrived in Penang on September 14, 2010. Thanks so much to Jean-Pierre of France

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Nice city view of Sighisoara, Romania - which has inspired Hollywood movie of Count Dracula - The Vampire. Beautiful stamp used was damaged by postal service but this wonderful card arrived in excellent condition. Thanks to Alexiatego of Romania.

Germany - Aachen Cathedral

"Construction of this palatine chapel, with its octagonal basilica and cupola, began c. 790–800 under the Emperor Charlemagne. Originally inspired by the churches of the Eastern part of the Holy Roman Empire, it was splendidly enlarged in the Middle Ages." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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I visited Aachen, Germany in May, 2015 and sent this postcard to myself.

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Aachener Dom, Germany. Thanks to Ruth of USA.

Postcard 3 - Aachen - Aken - Aix-la-chapelle
An impressive German catheral. Thanks to Ibrahim.

Postcard 4 - Map of Aachen
Aachen city map. Thanks to DAO of UK for mailing from Belgium.