Uluru / Ayers Rock

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This surprise card, one of the most beautiful in my collection, came from Christine from Australia.

Uluru also known as Ayers Rock is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia, and is one of Australia’s most recognisable natural landmarks. Kata Tjuta and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. The area around the formation is home to a plethora of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uluru is notable for appearing to change colour at different times of the day and year, most notably glowing red at dawn and sunset.

Khotyn Fortress

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This card came from Natka and Seany via Postcrossing. And they have used a matching stamp, I love it!

The Khotyn Fortress is a fortification complex located on the right bank of the Dniester River in Khotyn, Chernivtsi Oblast of western Ukraine. It is situated on a territory of the historical northern Bessarabia region which was split in 1940 between Ukraine and Moldova. Construction on the current Khotyn fortress was started in 1325, while major improvements were made in the 1380s and in the 1460s. The fortress is a large tourist attraction for the area and Ukraine. In 2007, the fortress was named one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine. It is also a National Ukrainian Architectural Preserve as of 2000.

Putra Mosque

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This card came from Lim, who tells me that this mosque is named after their first prime minister – Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj , who is also known as the “father of independence” because of his fighting for Malaysia’s independence.

The Putra Mosque, or Masjid Putra in Malay language, is the principal mosque of Putrajaya, Malaysia. The pink-domed Putra Mosque is constructed with rose-tinted granite and can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any one time. Construction of the mosque began in 1997 and was completed two years later. It is located next to Perdana Putra which houses the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office and man-made Putrajaya Lake. In front of the mosque is a large square with flagpoles flying Malaysian states’ flags.

Wooden churches of Eastern Slovakia

V98983SR4EPYS4M7bab7CNYPI received this card as a surprise from Martina from Slovakia. And after I received it, I learned (the hard way) that the Slovak name of Slovakia is Slovenska, which is just so confusing! 😀

Anyway… The card pictures the wooden churches of Eastern Slovakia, 3 of which are on UNESCO’s Word Heritage list (inscribed under the name Carpathian Wooden Churches – a total of nine wooden religious buildings constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries in eight different locations in Slovakia). On my card you could see the pictures of the churches in Hervartov (the picture with the flag), Bodružal (upper left corner) and Ladomirová (the one below it). The church at Hervartov is Roman Catholic, and the other two churches are Greek Catholic.

 

 

City of Old Diriyah

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This card came from Ian who lives in Riyadh. One of my favorite cards. 😀

City of Old Diriyah or Ad’Diriyah (actually I found at least 5 different spellings of the name, I’m not really sure which is the correct one) is considered to be one of the most alluring attractions in Saudi Arabia. This property was the first capital of the Saudi Dynasty, in the heart of the Arabian Penisula, north-west of Riyadh. Founded in the 15th century, it bears witness to the Najdi architectural style, which is specific to the centre of the Arabian peninsula. In the 18th and early 19th century, its political and religious role increased, and the citadel at at-Turaif became the centre of the temporal power of the House of Saud and the spread of the Wahhabi reform inside the Muslim religion. The property includes the remains of many palaces and an urban ensemble built on the edge of the ad-Dir’iyah oasis. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.

Stockholm – changing of the guard

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Another card from Arnold’s trip. ❤ It pictures the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace.

The Royal Guard has guarded the Royal Palace and the Royal Family since it was founded by King Gustav Vasa in 1523. During a large part of this time it has also been a police force in Stockholm. Today the Changing of Guard at Yttre Borggården (Outer Courtyard) is a major tourist attraction with more than 1 million visitors every year. The main Changing of Guard takes place at noon every day.

Heddal stave church

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My first card from Norway (as well as the 2nd and the 3rd one which I’ll post later :D) came from Trond. This beauty is now one of my favorite cards. ❤

Heddal stave church (Heddal stavkirke) is Norway’s largest stave church. It was constructed at the beginning of the 13th century. After the reformation, the church was in a very poor condition, and a restoration took place during 1849 – 1851. However, because the restorers lacked the necessary knowledge and skills, yet another restoration was necessary in the 1950s.

The church itself is mired in Norwegian folklore. According to the legend, five farmers of Heddal decided to build a church. One day, one of them, Raud Rygi, was approached by a stranger who was willing to do the work if Raud could meet one of his three conditions: either bring him the sun and moon from the sky, forfeit his life’s blood, or guess the stranger’s name. Raud thought that the last condition should not prove too difficult, and so he agreed to the stranger’s terms. But Raud got but little time in which to find the answer, for during the first night all the building material arrived, the spire was built during the second, and it was clear that the church would be finished on the third day. Down at heart and fearing for his life, Raud walked over the fields, trying to think of the unknown carpenter’s name. When he had come to Svintråberget (a hill south-east of the church) he heard a strangely beautiful song, clearly audible:

Hush, hush, little child,
Tomorrow Finn will bring you the moon.
He will bring you the sun and the Christian heart,
Pretty toys for my little child to play with.

And so the riddle was solved. The builder was called Finn, and he lived inside Svintråberget. Finn, known as Finn with the Fair Hair, could not stand the sound of the church bells, and so he later moved to Himing (in Lifjell).

The Maple Leaf

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My first flag card came from the lovely Danielle. 😀

The National Flag of Canada, also known as the Maple Leaf and l’Unifolié (French for “the one-leafed”), is a flag consisting of a red field with a white square at its centre, in the middle of which is featured a stylized, 11-pointed, red maple leaf. Adopted in 1965 to replace the Union Flag, it is the first ever specified by statute law for use as the country’s national flag.

Thank you, dear! 🙂

From Koala-land with love, vol. 2

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And Tiffany strikes again! ❤ Another gorgeous card (with gorgeous stamps) from my aussie postcard pen pal.

This card pictures the Russel Falls in Mount Field National Park in Tasmania, Australia. The landscape in the park ranges from eucalyptus temperate rainforest to alpine moorland, rising to 1,434 metres at the summit of Mount Field West. Mount Field National Park was founded in 1916, making it, along with Freycinet National Park, Tasmania’s oldest national park. The area around Russell Falls has been protected for its natural beauty since 1885, when it was set aside as Tasmania’s first nature reserve.

Thank you, sweetie! 😀