India - Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi

"The Baha’i House of Worship in New Delhi is the Mother Temple of Baha’i faith in the Indian subcontinent. It is an edifice eminently and elegantly distinctive in its design, and uniquely inspirational in its purpose: to represent the Oneness of God, the Oneness of all Religions, and the Oneness of Mankind, the guiding tenets of Baha’i faith.

Expressionist in style and spectacular in its architectural and structural and ingenuity, the House of Worship takes its inspiration from the exquisite lotus flower - a symbol of beauty, purity and divinity intimately associated with worship and a common strand running through the symbolism of many religions in India as well as their international sects and manifestations.

The nine-sided , House of Worship Composed from 45 petals of white exposed concrete “Shell Structure” soaring to a height of more than 34 meters and adorned with shimmering white marble external cladding, sits majestically on 27 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, located in southern New Delhi. Designed by Iranian-Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba, the House of Worship (popularly called the Lotus Temple), consists of five sets of leaves or petals (3 external and 2 internal sets) each set consisting of 9 thin cast-in-place-jointless concrete shells. The outermost set of nine petals, called the entrance leaves, opens outwards and forms the nine entrances all around the outer hall. The next set of nine petals, or outer leaves, points inwards. The entrance and outer leaves together cover the outer hall. The third set of nine petals, called the inner leaves, appears to be partly closed. Only the tips open out, somewhat like a partly opened bud. This portion, which rises above the rest, forms the main structure housing the 2 sets of nine petals each thin shell structures called interior dome which houses central prayer hall, which seats 1,300.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

I visited this awesome Baha'i House of Worship during my trip to New Delhi in November, 2106. Bought this postcard in New Delhi.

India - Jaipur city, Rajasthan India

"Located in the eastern Rajasthan State of India, the city of Jaipur is well known for its 18th century town planning and Rajput Mughal architectural icons including architectural landmarks such as the City Palace, Hawa Mahal and the World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar along with its diverse and thriving historic bazzars. Confined in a 2 sq km area within a well-defined city wall and 9 city gates, it boasts of magnificent architecture and is the one of the most renowned historic planned city of India from the 18th century. Though enclosed by city walls and protected by a range of forts on surrounding hills, the city of Jaipur was conceived not just as the military retreat of feudal warlords but as a commercial city, a business centre of thriving enterprise.

The construction of the city started in 1727. It took around 4 years to complete the major palaces, roads and square. The city said to be built on the principles of Shilpa Shastra, is divided into nine blocks, of which two consist the state buildings and palaces, with the remaining seven allotted to the public. Huge fortification walls were made along with seven strong gates with addition of two more in latter periods. The directions of each street and market are east to West and North to South. The eastern gate is called Suraj (Sun) Pol, while the western gate is called Chand (Moon) Pol. There are only three gates facing east, west, and north including the northern gate (known as Zorawar Singh gate) which faces toward the ancestral capital of Amber. The walled city is divided into sectors with main market streets. These primary streets form markets like Johari Bazaar, Sireh Deorhi Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar, Gangauri Bazaar, Chandpole Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar and Ramganj Bazaar which are specialised markets for specific goods and functional till date as planned in the 18th century.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Awesome facade of Palace of the Winds in the pink city of Jaipur, India. Visited this famous site and mailed this postcard from Jaipur, India in November 2016.

Slovakia - Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain

"The locality is demarcated with the territory of Tatras that have the attributes of the smallest high mountains (currently uncovered with ice) in Europe and also in the temperate geographic zone in the world, on the North Hemisphere. T atras are the part of Western Carpathians and they are situated on the territory of two states - the Slovak Republic and the Polish Republic. Concentration of glacial elements is a specific feature of the locality. The High Tatras are the highest mountains in the Western Carpathians with asymmetric structure. They are formed by a winding ridge with a system of lateral ridges and forked ridges, on which the highest peaks of the Tatras are situated - Gerlach (2,654 m a.s.l.) and Lomnicky peak (2. 629 m a.s.l.)..."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

A panorama size postcard of Vysoke Tatry. Thanks to Laco of Slovakia.

Ghana - Nzulezu Stilt Settlement

"The spectacular scenery of stilt propped water settlement of Nzulezu built on lake Tadane located in the Jomoro District in the Western Region of Ghana stands out as a magnificent interplay between man and his environment. Nzulezu is an Nzema word meaning "surface of water." The inhabitants of the village are said to have migrated from Walata, a city in ancient Ghana Empire' the earliest of the Western Sudanese States. According to tradition, ancestors of the village were brought to their present place under the guide of a snail. The serene ambience of the surrounding landscape coupled with the general activities of life point to a dynamic relationship between man and nature. Traditional village life is adapted to the watery conditions to the amazement of the visitor. All activities pertaining to normal life chores such as pounding of fufu (a traditional meal) schooling, worship and burial are done on the lake. New born babies are baptized in the lake. The lake it is said, averts possible disasters like outbreak of f~re, killing of natives of the village on or around it. The sacred day of the lake is Thursday, a day set aside on which no activity is supposed to take place signifying a strict adherence to traditional norms and taboos. Nzulezu stilt settlement is a unique lacustrine habitation achieved by a harmony of forces of nature to meet man's needs resulting in a settlement of outstanding value."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Life on water - Nzulenzu water village, Ghana. Thanks to Linda of Ghana.

Czechia - Germany - Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří

DE-01 Historical Mining District Altenberg 
DE-02 Historical Mining District Freiberg
DE-03 Historical Mining District Marienberg
DE-04 Historical Mining District Annaberg 
DE-05 Historical Mining District Schneeberg 
DE-06 Historical Mining District Schwarzenberg 
DE-07 Uranium Mining 
DE-08 Coal Mining 
CZ-KA-01 Mining Landscape Jáchymov 
CZ-KA-02 Mining Landscape Abertamy – Horní Blatná – Boží Dar 
CZ-KA-03 The Red Tower of Death 
CZ-US-01 Mining Landscape Krupka 
CZ-US-02 Mining Landscape Měděnec – Kovářská 

"The transboundary serial nomination of 13 component parts is a large-scale example of a decentralised mining landscape in a Central European mountain region that lies in the southeast of Germany and extends to the Czech Republic – the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains). The Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří illustrates the formative influence of mining and metallurgy on the development of the landscape and its culture in an exceptional way. For more than 800 years, from the 12th to the 21th century, the region was actively shaped by mining activities. First silver and tin ores and later other ores such as lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, uranium, bismuth, tungsten, and zinc were mined, smelted and partially processed. Based on mining and metallurgy, the “industrialization” of the region took place in different historical stages."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Large postcard of Freiberg, Ansichten, Germany. Thanks to Stefanie of Germany.

Germany - The Naumburg Cathedral and the landscape of the rivers Saale and Unstrut an important dominion in the High Middle Ages

"The Naumburg Cathedral is a structure that has remained to a great extent unchanged in its late Romanesque/early Gothic use of forms. Its main construction period extends from 1213 to approximately 1250. As far as its architectural typology is concerned, it towers each on the eastern and western choir. The upper choir connects to the relatively short main building towards the east that is still completely under the influence of the late Romanesque period. It closes with a high Gothic polygonal choir. Research looks upon the late Romanesque east rood-screen as being the oldest hall rood-screen preserved in its complete form on German soil. A further choir was added to the main building around 1250 to approximately 1260 in the west that ends in a 5/8 polygon. It is connected to the middle vessel by means of a wall rood-screen that presents an artistic achievement of the highest order combining architecture, vegetable architectural ornamentation and figural sculptures (especially the six relief images from Christ's suffering)." Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Dom St. Peter and Paul of Naumburg. Thanks to Simone of Germany.

Postcard 2
Naumburg Cathedral, Germany with a matching stamp. Thanks to Michele of Germany.

South Korea - Traditional Buddhist Mountain Temples of Korea

1) Seonamsa at Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
2) Daeheungsa at Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
3) Beopjusa at Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
4) Magoksa at Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
5) Tongdosa at Yangsan-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
6) Bongjeongsa at Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
7) Buseoksa at Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

"Buddhism was imported to the Korean peninsula in the 4th century and the ancient kingdoms of Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla respectively acknowledged the religion officially. Since then Buddhism prospered as the national religion for over 1,000 years until the end of the Goryeo dynasty. The many Buddhist temples that were built in the 5-6th centuries under the strong patronage of the state contributed to the import of Buddhist culture, architectural technology and style from the continent. Buddhism of Korea adhered to the religious doctrines imported from India through China, but the religion combined together with the existing indigenous beliefs and started to develop the unique style of Korean Buddhist temples."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Beopju Temple of Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do is one of the seven traditional Buddhist Mountain Temples in South Korea. Thanks to CYL who bought this postcard in South Korea.

Italy - The City of Bergamo

"That the city of Bergamo is composed of two parts can be easily appreciated. There is the Città Alta (Upper Town), built up on the hills, which is the "city" by definition, and the Città Bassa (Lower Town), which is a lively financial, industrial and administrative centre of national importance. The two parts are separated, both physically and symbolically, by the powerful Venetian Walls, which were built by the Serenissima Republic of Venice in the second half of the 16th century to defend the city, which was the farthermost centre on the Mainland, close to the border with Milan's territory."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Upper Town of Bergamo. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France for mailing from Bergamo in August 2016.

Thailand - Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat

"Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan is the main Buddhist temple of Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, the largest province in Southern Thailand. It is located on the main sand bar of Nakhon Si Thammarat on which the ancient town and the present town of Nakhon Si Thammarat were built. The ancient town of Nakhon Si Thammarat developed from the early state of Thailand called Tambralinga and the name of which is mentioned in the Pali canon of the Buddhism as one of the prosperous port towns of the Eastern world, and thereby archaeological evidence found at many sites in Nakhon Si Thammarat supports the literary evidence. Tambralinga became a flourishing port town and was ruled independently since the 5th century CE. and continued onwards. At some points of times it joined a union with Sri Vijaya, the Mahayana Buddhist Kingdom, which was famous for the world maritime trade networks during the 8th to the 12th century CE..."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Phra That Temple at Nakornsritammarat, Southern Thailand. Thanks to T.R. for mailing from Nakhon Si Thammarat, Southern Thailand.

Postcard 2
I visited Wat Phra Mahathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat in August 2016 and mailed from the post office there.

Postcard 3
Sunset view. I mailed this postcard from Nakorn Si Thammarat Post Office.

Canada - Áísínai’pi

"Lying within the traditional territory of the Niitsítapi (Blackfoot: Kainai, Piikáni and Siksika), Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai'pi ("it is pictured/written") is a sacred place where geological formations house spirit beings, and more than 85 rock art localities record the "writings" of the spirits. The proposed nominated property, 1 718-hectares of Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park (Áísínai'pi National Historic Site) in the Milk River Valley, is a spectacular pocket in the mixed grass prairie landscape sweeping through south-central Alberta to the powerful Kátoyissiksi (Sweetgrass Hills, Montana, USA). Defined by the valley's eroded ancient sandstone cliffs, it is characterized by dramatic views, eerie light and sounds, hoodoo formations, adjacent coulees and prairie habitats rich in mammal, bird and plant species. For at least 4 000 years, Aboriginal people have stopped here in the course of their seasonal round. The petroglyph and pictograph sites on the valley walls include several thousand motifs in hundreds of scenes, predominantly anthropomorphs, zoomorphs and material object motifs. Ceremonial and ritual figures, exploits of hunters and warriors, and diverse animals are depicted among the images. New motifs created after European contact in the early 18th century include guns, horses and dynamic human figures, the instruments of Aboriginal-Euro Canadian contact and cultural change. Burial places, vision quest locations and a medicine wheel on the rim of the valley also mark the spirituality of the landscape. Traditional knowledge describes the origins and history. A reconstructed North West Mounted Police post sits on the site of the original post. The Niitsítapi identify Kátoyissiksi (located in the USA) as an integral part of the cultural landscape, and their prominence within the viewshed of Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi contributes to the overall integrity of the proposed nomination property."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Requested for this second postcard as the first postcard was slightly damaged by me accidentally spilling water. Thanks to Kelly again of Canada.

Postcard 2
Writing On Stone postcards from Kelly of Canada. This nice postcard with Year of Monkey stamp, as mentioned above, met a watery accident.

Germany - Dreams in Stone – the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee

"Neuschwanstein - Linderhof (Palace)- King’s House Schachen - Herrenchiemsee (New Palace)"
“The real world is an illusion”. Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

With his gradual withdrawal from political life and escape into an ideal poetic world, King Ludwig II of Bavaria (r. 1864-1886) is one of the most fascinating ruling personalities of the 19th century. Prevented by foreign and domestic political constraints from putting his idealized vision of his role as king into practice, with Neuschwanstein Castle and the palaces of Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee in their unspoilt natural settings the monarch created artificial alternative worlds in which he could immerse himself in far-distant places and past eras. Neuschwanstein (1868-1886), which is inspired by the operas of Richard Wagner, features themes from the composer’s work in various rooms as well as in the building’s outward appearance (Tannhäuser, Tristan, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Der Ring des Nibelungen), and, together with the spectacular alpine backdrop, enabled Ludwig II to experience this poetic world in tangible, visual form. In Linderhof (1870-1878) the king assembled a “theme park” consisting of an 18th-century style palace, Oriental buildings (Moorish Kiosk, Moroccan House and the Turkish Hall in the King’s House on Schachen) and recreated stage sets from Wagner’s world (Venus Grotto, the Hermitage of Gurnemanz and Hunding’s Hut); “a few paces,” he said, transported him into “a different time and place”. Herrenchiemsee Palace (1878-1886), modelled on the Versailles of Louis XIV and Louis XV, was built by Ludwig II on an island secluded from the outside world, so that he could retreat undisturbed into the realm of the Bourbon Kings...

Source: UNESO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1A
Schloss Neuschwanstein built in 1869-1886 by von Konig Ludwig II. Thanks to YL and Ing who visited this fairy tale castle in Bavaria, Germany.

Postcard 1B
Royal Castle of Neuschwanstein, Germany. Thanks to Mimi of France. Terima kasih - merci beaucoup.

Postcard 1C
Thanks to YL, Ing and Don who visited Neuschwanstein, Germany.

Postcard 1D
I bought the following postcards in Munich, Germany in May 2015.

Postcard 1E - Winter view

Postcard 2
Royal Castle of Linderhof.

Postcard 3
A multi-view.

Postcard 4
A map view.

Thailand - Phimai, its Cultural Route and the Associated Temples of Phanomroong and Muangtam

Postcard 1A - Phimai
Pimai of Nakorn Ratchasima. Thanks to Paul who sent from Thailand.

Postcard 1B - Phimai
Phimai is located near Pak Chong and Khao Yai National Park.

Postcard 2 - Prasat Phanomrung
Thanks to Apichati of Thailand.

Belgium - The battlefield of Waterloo, the end of the Napoleonic

"The Napoleonic unfolding 1796-18 15 marked the history of Europe and beyond. Waterloo A page of history is turned, France has lost its military role leading. It will still be important, but his voice is no longer predominant. This defeat also sound the end of the Empire that had marked its footprint in Europe in many areas. In many countries, the Napoleonic Code was a legal basis regulating the life of the citizen and the country. Waterloo also mark the beginning of a long period of peace in Europe, a period that lasted about a century, except for the episode of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870." Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
The Tombs, Waterloo, Belgium which is the site of one of the most famous battles in European history. Nice matching stamp of Waterllo used. Thanks to Michael of Luxembourg.

Postcard 2
The Lion's Mound of Waterloo was erected on the famous battlefield located south of Waterloo in the province of Wallonia, Belgium. I bought this older postcard in Penang in 2012.

Postcard 3 
Waterloo, Belgium. Postcard arrived damaged. Thanks to Ferro, Belgium.

Austria - Belgium - Czech Republic - Germany - Italy - United Kingdom - Great Spas of Europe

"The serial transnational property the Great Spas of Europe is a selected group of spa towns that is testimony to places for healing pain and disease with mineral waters generally before industrial medication developed in the Nineteenth Century. The series comprises historic European spa towns where the integrity and authenticity of the component parts of the series are evident in their urban form and component spa buildings.

The therapeutic role of the towns developed from early thermae and through the Middle Ages. The peak period for the towns followed the eighteenth Enlightenment and the development of medicine and leisure in the nineteenth century. As a group they represent distinguished spa towns and recognised as such from the eighteenth century to the 1920s... 

Czech Republic = Karlovy Vary; Mariánské Lázně; Františkovy Lázně; Luhačovice
Germany = Baden-Baden; Bad Kissingen; Bad Ems; Bad Homburg vor der Höhe; Wiesbaden; Bad Pyrmont
Austria = Baden bei Wien; Bad Ischl
Italy = Montecatini Terme
Belgium =
France = Vichy
United Kingdom = The City of Bath Spa"

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1 - Austria
Bad Ischl is a member city of The League of Historical Cities. Thanks to Greta of Austria. Nice stamps used. A great addition to my cities collection of this league.

Postcard 2 - Czech Republic
Jurkovicuv Dum of Luhacovice, Czech Republic. Thanks to Ondrej of Czech Republic.

Postcard 3 - United Kingdom
Views of the Great Bath, the Circular Bath, the King's Bath. Card bought at Bath.

Postcard 4A - Germany - Baden Baden
Beautiful multi-view postcard of the German Spa town of Baden Baden. Thanks to YL for mailing from there.

Postcard 4B - Baden Baden Multiview
Thanks to Ing of New Zealand who visited Baden Baden. Mailed in May 2016.

Postcard 4C - Germany - Bad Homburg v.d. Hohe
Bad Homburg v.d. Hohe is famous for its spa and casino as well as luxurious residential housing for the rich who commutes to nearby to Frankfurt am Main. Thanks to YL for sending from there.

Postcard 4D
Bad Homburg is the top right corner of this multi-view. I visited Bad Homburg and sent this postcard to myself.

Postcard 5 - France - Vichy
Vichy - Opera house. Postmarked in Allier on June 23, 2010. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France.