Friday, July 7, 2017

ARGENTINA / BELGIUM / FRANCE / GERMANY / INDIA / JAPAN / SWITZERLAND - The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

"Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet." -

Postcard 1: Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France

"I visited the site and there are still nuns living there", shares Marie.
Thank you so much Marie for sharing with me this postcard!

Postcard 2: Maisons de la Weissenhof-SiedlungGermany

I am very happy because this postcard completes
my UNESCO postcards collection from Germany!
On the bottom left shows the Maisons de la Weissenhof-Siedlung.
Thank you so much Svenja for sharing this with me!

Postcard 3: Chandigarh Capitol Complex, India
Thank you so much for this wonderful postcard (with great stamps as well), Pulkit!
Hats off to Le Corbusier!

Postcard 4: National Museum of Western ArtJapan
Thank you so much Bei Hao for sharing this wonderful postcard with me! ^-^

AUSTRIA - Historic Centre of Vienna

"Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks." -

Postcard 1

Many thanks Danubia for sending me a UNESCO card! =)

Postcard 2

A simple yet precious token from Zuzana from Bratislava, Slovakia
who attended a postcrossing meet-up in Vienna...
Thank you so much, Zuzana...

Postcard 3
What a great surprise postcrossing meet-up postcard!
Thank you so much dear Zuzana of Slovakia for sharing with me this one!
I know you had a blast during the meet-up! Take care always!

ITALY - The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera

"This is the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. The first inhabited zone dates from the Palaeolithic, while later settlements illustrate a number of significant stages in human history. Matera is in the southern region of Basilicata." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much Anita of Austria for sharing with me a glimpse of your trip to this UNESCO Site!
What a thoughtful postcrossing friend...
Enjoy your future travels!

Postcard 2
Thank you so much Edo for this wonderful postcard!
I've read once that this is the place where the movies "Ben Hur" and Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" was filmed.

INDONESIA - Sangiran Early Man Site

"Excavations here from 1936 to 1941 led to the discovery of the first hominid fossil at this site. Later, 50 fossils of Meganthropus palaeo and Pithecanthropus erectus/Homo erectus were found – half of all the world's known hominid fossils. Inhabited for the past one and a half million years, Sangiran is one of the key sites for the understanding of human evolution." -
Postcard 1

Thank you so much Shinta for helping me out with my collection! =)

Postcard 2
So glad this postcard reached me! 
Sent in December from Indonesia, arrived in Manila in June and finally reached me on the first week of July!
Thank you so much Dio for this awesome maxicard!
Terima kasih!

LUXEMBOURG - City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

"Because of its strategic position, Luxembourg was, from the 16th century until 1867, when its walls were dismantled, one of Europe's greatest fortified sites. It was repeatedly reinforced as it passed from one great European power to another: the Holy Roman Emperors, the House of Burgundy, the Habsburgs, the French and Spanish kings, and finally the Prussians. Until their partial demolition, the fortifications were a fine example of military architecture spanning several centuries." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much for sharing with me this postcard, Carine... =)

Postcard 2
The postmark...
Thank you so much Daniela for sharing with me a token from your trip in Luxembourg!

Postcard 3: Notre Dame Cathedral

Thank you so much, Kerstin for sharing this awesome postcard with me!
I like the embossed stamp too! ^-^

Thursday, July 6, 2017

ITALY - Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli

"The Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli in Genoa’s historic centre date from the late 16th and early 17th centuries when the Republic of Genoa was at the height of its financial and seafaring power. The site represents the first example in Europe of an urban development project parcelled out by a public authority within a unitary framework and associated to a particular system of ‘public lodging’ in private residences, as decreed by the Senate in 1576. The site includes an ensemble of Renaissance and Baroque palaces along the so-called ‘new streets’ (Strade Nuove). The Palazzi dei Rolli offer an extraordinary variety of different solutions, achieving universal value in adapting to the particular characteristics of the site and to the requirements of a specific social and economic organization. They also offer an original example of a public network of private residences designated to host state visits." -

Postcard 1: Via Garibaldi (former Strada Nuova)
Hi Marta! Thank you so much for another wonderful card!
Italy really amazes me!
Great stamp too! Hope to see a vineyard someday... =)

Postcard 2
Another surprise postcard!
Thank  you so much, Jean Pierre!
I can no longer identify these palaces because there are 42 buildings/palaces
that's included in the UNESCO list. Wow!

Postcard 3
Thank you so much Mond for this colorful postcard!
Ang dami mo nang narating! Asia, Europe and North America na ang nasa blog ko...
Thank you for always remembering my postcard collection during your trips!

ROMANIA - Monastery of Horezu

"Founded in 1690 by Prince Constantine Brancovan, the monastery of Horezu, in Walachia, is a masterpiece of the 'Brancovan' style. It is known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculptural detail, the treatment of its religious compositions, its votive portraits and its painted decorative works. The school of mural and icon painting established at the monastery in the 18th century was famous throughout the Balkan region." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much Danut for sharing with me this wonderful postcard showing the infirmary of Horezu Monastery!
Thank you for using colorful stamps too! =)

Postcard 2

An aerial view of Horezu / Hurezi Monastery.
Thank you so much, Ovidiu for sharing this awesome postcard with me!