Albania - Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra

"Berat and Gjirokastra are inscribed as rare examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which was built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. The citadel area numbers many Byzantine churches, mainly from the 13th century, as well as several mosques built under the Ottoman era which began in 1417. Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, features a series of outstanding two-story houses which were developed in the 17th century. The town also retains a bazaar, an 18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1A- Berat
Pamje nga Berati - View from Berati - a UNESCO World Heritage site in Albania -Shqiperia. Thanks to Lilia of Bulgaria who was visiting.

Postcard 1B - Berat
Lagjia Mangalem, Berat, Albania. Thanks to Luca of Italy.

Postcard 2A - Gjirokastra
Gjirokastra is a UNESCO World Heritage in Albania. Nice Albania stamps used including a Gijorkastra Museum and UNESCO stamp. Postcard written on September 2, 2011 in Tirana, Albania and arrived in Penang on September 15, 2011. Thanks to Lilia of Bulgaria who was visiting.

Postcard 2B - Gjirokastra
The Zekat's House, Gjirokastra (1830-1870), Shqiperia - Albania. Thanks to Lucca of Italy.

Postcard 2C - Gjirokastra
Street view of Gjirokastra, Albania. Received in September 2018. Thanks to Vera of Australia who mailed from Tirana, Albania.

Denmark - The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand

"Located about 30 km northeast of Copenhagen, this cultural landscape encompasses the two hunting forests of Store Dyrehave and Gribskov, as well as the hunting park of Jægersborg Hegn/Jægersborg Dyrehave. This is a designed landscape where Danish kings and their court exercised par forcehunting, or hunting with hounds, which reached its peak from the Middle Ages to the end of the 16th century. With hunting lanes laid out in an orthogonal grid pattern, their numbered stone posts, enclosures and hunting lodges, the site demonstrates the application of Baroque landscaping principles to forested areas."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Hermitage Hunting Lodge. Postcard designed by Doris of Sweden who visited this site and mailed this postcard from Aaland - thanks.

Croatia - Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč

"The group of religious monuments in Porec, where Christianity was established as early as the 4th century, constitutes the most complete surviving complex of its type. The basilica, atrium, baptistery and episcopal palace are outstanding examples of religious architecture, while the basilica itself combines classical and Byzantine elements in an exceptional manner." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Basilica Euphrasiana, Porec. Thanks to Denny for mailing from Croatia.

Postcard 2
Porec - the city of mosaic. Thanks to Vesnia of Slovenia.

Switzerland - Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair

"The Convent of Müstair, which stands in a valley in the Grisons, is a good example of Christian monastic renovation during the Carolingian period. It has Switzerland's greatest series of figurative murals, painted c. A.D. 800, along with Romanesque frescoes and stuccoes."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Nice view of St Johhn Mustair with Europa stamps used. Thanks to Rosmarie of Switzerland.

Postcard 2 
Kloster St. Johann Mustair. Nice pictorial cancellation of Mustair. Thanks to Thibault of Switzerland who mailed from Mustair.

Postcard 3
A multi-view of Mustair with the Convent of Mustair in the top right corner. Thanks to Beckers of Belgium.

Spain - Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana

"The Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana located on a sheer-sided mountain range parallel to the north-western coast of the island of Mallorca. Millennia of agriculture in an environment with scarce resources has transformed the terrain and displays an articulated network of devices for the management of water revolving around farming units of feudal origins. The landscape is marked by agricultural terraces and inter-connected water works - including water mills - as well as dry stone constructions and farms." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
View of Serra de Tramuntana from Soller town in Mallorca. Thanks to Belen of Spain.

Postcard 2
Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca, Spain. Thanks to Eileen of UK who visited Mallorca, Spain.

Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland - The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016 Inscribed)

"Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Todate, I have collected postcards from 6 out of 7 countries and 7 out of the 17 sites.

1) Complexe du Capitole 

2) Musée National des Beaux-Arts de l’Occident 

3) Maison Guiete 

4) Maisons de la Weissenhof-Siedlung

5) Petite villa au bod du lac Leman
6) Immeuble Clarte

7) Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut de Ronchamp
8) Unité d’habitation Marseille
9) Maisons La Roche et Jeanneret (wanted)
10) Cité Frugès (wanted)
11) Villa Savoye et loge du jardiner (wanted)
12) Immeuble locatif à la Porte Molitor (wanted)
13) La Manufacture à Saint- Dié (wanted)
14) Cabanon de Le Corbusier (wanted)
15) Couvent Sainte-Marie-de-la-Tourette (wanted)
16) Maison de la Culture de Firminy (wanted)

17) Maison du docteur Curutchet (wanted)

Postcard 1A - INDIA
Chandigarh Capitol Complex, India. Thanks to Pulkit of India.

Postcard 1B - INDIA
The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, India designed by Le Corbusier. Thanks to Prasanth of India.

Postcard 2 - JAPAN
I visited this museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo to view the Vatican collection exhibit of Early Rennaisance Italian Art. The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo is designed by Le Corbusier. Thanks to Aki of Japan.

Postcard 3 - BELGIUM
Maison Guiette, Belgium. Thanks to Hanko of Germany who took this photograph and printed this postcard.

Postcard 4A- GERMANY 
Interior view of Weiseenhofmuseum im Haus le Corbusier, Stuttgart. Thanks to Stephanie of Germany.

Postcard 4B- GERMANY 
Left bottom of multi-view postcard showing Maisons de la Weiseenhof-Siedlung of Stuttgart. Thanks to Liane of Germany.

Postcard 5 - SWITZERLAND
Villa Le Lac. Petite villa au bord du lac Léman. Thanks to Oscar of Switzerland.

Postcard 6 - SWITZERLAND
Immeuble Clarté, Switzerland. Thanks to Thibaut of Switzerland.

Postcard 7 - FRANCE
Chapelle de Ronchamp, France. Thanks to Chrizine of Switzerland.

Postcard 8 - FRANCE
Unite d'Habitation, Marseille, France. Thanks to Chrizine of Switzerland.

Postcard 9 - FRANCE 
Postcard bought in Beaubourg Museum, Paris. Thanks to Sylvie of France.


Germany - Archaeological Border complex of Hedeby and the Danevirke

"The archaeological site of Hedeby consists of the remains of an emporium – or trading town - containing traces of roads, buildings, cemeteries and a harbour dating back to the 1st and early 2nd millennia CE. It is enclosed by part of the Danevirke, a line of fortification crossing the Schleswig isthmus, which separates the Jutland Peninsula from the rest of the European mainland. Because of its unique situation between the Frankish Empire of the South and the Danish Kingdom in the North, Hedeby became a trading hub between continental Europe and Scandinavia and between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Because of its rich and well preserved archaeological material, it has become a key site for the interpretation of economic, social and historical developments in Europe during the Viking age."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Hedeby
Viking golden disc brooch in Wikinger Museum Haithabu (Hedeby). Thanks to Christina of Germany.

Postcard 2 - Danevirke
30km wall of Danevirke. Thanks to Christina of Germany.

United Kingdom - Ironbridge Gorge

"Ironbridge is known throughout the world as the symbol of the Industrial Revolution. It contains all the elements of progress that contributed to the rapid development of this industrial region in the 18th century, from the mines themselves to the railway lines. Nearby, the blast furnace of Coalbrookdale, built in 1708, is a reminder of the discovery of coke. The bridge at Ironbridge, the world's first bridge constructed of iron, had a considerable influence on developments in the fields of technology and architecture." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Iron bridge, the oldest metal bridge. Thanks to Paula from United Kingdom.

Postcard 2
View of the bridge which is a symbol of the industrial revolution. Thanks to Anu of United Kingdom who visited this beautiful little town one summer.

Postcard 3
Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution - Ironbridge Gorge - Shropshire. Thanks to Isabella of Italy who mailed this postcard from Ironbridge Gorge.