Ayutthaya Historical Park

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The Ayutthaya historical park covers the ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. The city of Ayutthaya was founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 and was the capital of the country until its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767. In 1969 the Fine Arts Department began with renovations of the ruins, which became more serious after it was declared a historical park in 1976. The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Thirty-five kings ruled the Ayutthaya kingdom during its existence.

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Teide National Park

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This card comes from Verónica. 🙂

Teide National Park is a national park located in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). It is centered around 3718 m Mount Teide, the highest mountain of Spain and the islands of the Atlantic (it is the third largest volcano in the world from its base on the ocean floor). It was declared a national park on 22 January 1954, making it one of the oldest national parks in Spain. It is also the largest national park in Spain and an important part of the Canary Islands. Another volcano located in the park (next to the Teide) is the Pico Viejo. It is the second largest volcano in the Canary Islands with its 3,135 m peak. The park has an area of 18,990 hectares and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 29, 2007. Since the end of 2007, it has also been one of the 12 Treasures of Spain.

Saqqara

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This card comes from Asmaa. 🙂

Saqqara, also spelled Sakkara or Saccara, is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Saqqara features numerous pyramids, including the world famous Step pyramid of Djoser, sometimes referred to as the Step Tomb due to its rectangular base, as well as a number of mastabas (Arabic word meaning ‘bench’). The pyramid was built during the 27th century BC by Djoser’s vizier Imhotep.

Saqqara is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list as part of Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur.

Meteora

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This card, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in my collection, comes from Milda. 🙂

The MetĂ©ora (lit. “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” — etymologically related to “Meteorite”) is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The nearest town is Kalambaka. The MetĂ©ora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron is the largest of the monasteries located at Metéora. It was erected in the mid-14th century and was the subject of restoration and embellishment projects in 1483 and 1552. The building serves as the main museum for tourists.

World Heritage Sites in Sweden

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This card comes from Jeanette via Postcrossing. 🙂 It pictures the 15 World Heritage Sites in Sweden. Those are:

  • Royal Domain of Drottningholm
  • Birka and HovgĂĄrden
  • Engelsberg Ironworks
  • Rock Carvings in Tanum
  • SkogskyrkogĂĄrden
  • Hanseatic Town of Visby
  • Church Village of Gammelstad, LuleĂĄ
  • Laponian Area
  • Naval Port of Karlskrona
  • Agricultural Landscape of Southern Ă–land
  • High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  • Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun
  • Varberg Radio Station
  • Struve Geodetic Arc
  • Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland

Antigua Guatemala

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This card comes from Ale. 🙂

Antigua Guatemala (commonly referred to as just Antigua or la Antigua) is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque influenced architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Antigua Guatemala means “Ancient Guatemala” and was the third capital of Guatemala. It definitely looks like a must-visit place! 🙂

Riga

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My first card from Latvia comes from Inese. 🙂

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 693,064 inhabitants (January 2014), Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia’s population. The city is an important seaport and a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial centre of the Baltic Sea region. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava. Riga was founded in 1201 and is a former Hanseatic League member. Riga’s historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture.