Views from Vitebsk

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This postcard, my second one from Belarus, comes from Aliona. It pictures the Vitebsk Station on the left and the monumental and decorative sculpture “Meeting” on the right.

Vitebsk or Vitsebsk, is a city in Belarus. The capital of the Vitebsk Region, in 2004 it had 342,381 inhabitants, making it the country’s fourth largest city.聽Typically assigned a founding date of 974, Vitebsk has long been an important cultural and commercial hub for the numerous occupiers in its long history. It is still an important centre of arts and culture for the Republic of Belarus and is surrounded by stunning countryside.聽Vitebsk is often referred to as the “Cultural Capital” of Belarus. It is best known as the birthplace of the Jewish painter Marc Chagall, and his home has been preserved and operates as a museum. There is also a museum dedicated to his works that also frequently hosts exhibitions by the city’s large modernist/post-modernist/avant garde artist community.

Hengchun City Walls

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This card, my second one from Taiwan, comes from Liao.

Hengchun Township is an urban township located on the southern tip of the Hengchun Peninsula of Pingtung County, Taiwan. It is the southernmost township in Taiwan. 聽The city of Hengchun is the entry way to Kenting National Park, the southernmost National Park in the country. With pristine beaches and a vibrant tourist industry, the Hengchun area often attracts more travelers than local residents. The city itself was once completely surrounded by a city wall; now about half of the wall remains intact, as well as the four city gates.

Egyptian camel

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I just love camels! They’re so photogenic, don’t you think? This particular camel card comes from Mohamed.

This extremely cheerful camel is posing in front of a the Great Pyramid of Giza聽(also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops). It is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.聽Based on a mark in an interior chamber naming the work gang and a reference to fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu, Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb over a 10 to 20-year period concluding around 2560 BC.

Iglesia La Recolecci贸n

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My first card from Nicaragua comes from Jose. 馃檪 It pictures the聽Church of la Recolecci贸n in Leon. The聽construction of the church began on December 5, 1786, by Bishop Juan F茅lix de Villegas.

Le贸n is a department in northwestern Nicaragua. It is also the second largest city in Nicaragua, after Managua. It was founded by the Spaniards as Le贸n Santiago de los Caballeros and rivals Granada, Nicaragua, in the number of historic Spanish colonial churches, secular buildings, and private residences.

The first city named Le贸n in Nicaragua was founded in 1524 by Francisco Hern谩ndez de C贸rdoba about 32 km east of the present site. The city was abandoned in 1610 after a series of earthquakes. The ruins of the city are known as “Le贸n Viejo” and were excavated in 1960. In the year 2000, Le贸n Viejo was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sant Joan de Caselles

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My very first card from Andorra comes from Ana. Such a lovely card from such a rare country. I was jumping for joy when I received it! 馃榾

Sant Joan de Caselles is one of the major tourist attractions in Canillo, Andorra. Also known as the Church of Sant Joan de Caselles, it is a fine example of the Andorra Romanesque architecture. The church was built between the 11th and 14th centuries. It is the tallest church-tower of Andorra. Inside there are the remains of a stucco Romanesque Majesty of the 12th century surrounded by a mural pictorial scene representing the crucifixion with Longinus and Stephanus accompanied by the Sun the Moon. Behind the altar grill there is a 16th century altarpiece of great artistic quality with influences of the Italian and German Renaissance depicting scenes of the life and martyrdom of Saint John, the author of the Apocalypse and patron saint of the church.