Last wednesday my mailbox was full of Unesco cards. In fact, all week has been very fruitful for my collection! I have been very busy and i had no time to update with the postcards received, but let's go with the first one, Wednesday 9/11/2011
First pair of cards came from Germany, private swap with SarahKristin. Thank you very much Sarah!
In this card we can see the Kaiserpfalz of Goslar, palace of german Palatine princes. Historic town of Goslar was declared, together with its mines and Upper Harz water management system, Unesco World Heritage in 1992. Rammelsberg-Goslar is the largest and longest-lived mining complex in Central Europe, its role was very important in Europe's economy. This water management system was constructed in Middle Ages by Cistercian monks, and has been developed through years becoming a perfect innovative system which uses water power to use in mining process.
In this card we can see russian Alexandrowka colony in Potsdam. It was built by Frederick William III tribute to the memory of his friend Zar Alexander I and its inspired in traditional russian architecture. The colony is formed by a group of 13 houses placed in shape of St Andrew's cross. The colony houses owners have the privilege that its houses can only be transmitted from parents to sons. Russian Alexandrowka colony is part of palaces and parks of Potsdam and Berlin, Unesco World Heritage in 1990.
Another private swap of Unesco cards came from Germany too, thank you very much Anke!
In the first card we can see Porta Nigra, part of the roman monuments of Trier, declared Unesco World Heritage in 1986 together with other Trier roman monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady.
Porta Nigra was built in the 2nd century as entrance gate to Trier. Its name is due to the color of the stone, dark because of humidity.
The second card is from Potsdam too, in Unesco's list as Palaces and parks of Potsdam and Berlin declared in 1990, with extensions in 1992 and 1999. We can see three palaces, Sanssouci, summer palace of Frederick the Great, king of Prussia; Neues Palais, situated on the west side of Sansouci Royal Park and considered to be the last great Prussian baroque palace; and Orangerie, built by Frederick William IV of Prussia.
In this last card we can see Hanseatic city of Wismar. Historic centres of Wismar and Stralsund were declared Unesco World Heritage in 2002. Stralsund and Wismar were major trading centers of the Hanseatic League during XIV and XV centuries. Their historic centres have very characteristic building types and thecniques of Brick Gothic in the Baltic region.
And last but not least, another private swap of Unesco cards from Italy. It's the first mail i receive from there! Thank you very much Cfcfede!
First card is from Alberobello, a small italian city whose Trulli were declared Unesco World Heritage in 1996. Trulli are examples of prehistoric building thecnique of the region. In mid XIV century there was a mandatory to build houses with only dry stone, and the population found the round structure the most useful to build their houses. They decorated Trulli's peaks with religious, zodiac or other mystic symbols.
Second one shows a beautiful square and church of Amalfi. Amalfi coast was declared Unesco World Heritage in 1997 due to its natural beauty and diversity and cultural richness with unique and characteristic buildings. It's also famous for its production of Limoncello, italian typical liquor.