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

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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.