Thailand - Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape

"Phra That Phanom is located within the walled compound of the "Temple of Phra That Phanom" in Nakorn Phanom Province, Thailand, about 600 meters west of the Mekong River. Believed by the people in the region to have been built by Monk Maha Kassapa, a chief disciple of Buddha, to enshrine the Buddha's breastbone relics 8 years after Buddha's Nirvana, this Stupa is regarded as the most ancient Buddha's Relics Stupa in the Northeast of Thailand and in the Middle Mekong River Basin. Throughout the millennia, Phra That Phanom has been steadfastly venerated by the multi-ethnic and multi-national populations living in all directions of the region."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List


I visited Wat Phra That Phanom, which is north of Mukdahan town, along the Mekong River opposite of Laos. Got the cancellation from the post office next to this famous Buddhist temple in October 2018.

Georgia - Alaverdi Cathedral

"Alaverdi St. George Cathedral (first half of the 11th century) is located 18 km from the town of Telavi in the Alazani-River valley. Earliest structures of Alaverdi Monastery date back to 6th century. The present day Cathedral is part of an 11th century Georgian Orthodox monastery. The Monastery was founded by the monk Joseph [Abba] Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi, then a small village and the former pagan religious centre dedicated to Moon. At the beginning of 11th century, Kakhetian King Kvirike the Great built a cathedral in the place of a small church of St. George."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List


Alaverdi Cathedral, 11th century, Georgia. Thanks to Kate of Russia for mailing from Tbilisi, Georgia.

China - The Coast of the Bohai Gulf and the Yellow Sea of China

"1) Dandong Yalu River Estuary National Nature Reserve, Liaoning 
2) Changhai Provincial Nature Reserve for Rare Marine Life, Liaoning
3) Beidaihe-Geziwo/Xin River Estuary, Hebei 
4) Qilihai in Beidaihe New District, Hebei 
5) Luannan-Zuidong Coastal Wetland, Hebei 
6) Caofeidian Wetland, Hebei 
7) Nandagang Wetland in Cangzhou, Hebei 
8) Huanghua Ancient Shell Ridges, Hebei 
9) Yellow River Delta National Nature Reserve, Shandong 
10) Yancheng Wetland Rare Birds National Nature Reserve, Jiangsu
11) Lianyungang Salt Works, Jiangsu 
12) Rudong-Tiezuisha Coast, Jiangsu 
13) Dafeng Pere David's Deer National Nature Reserve, Jiangsu  
14) Qidong North Branch of the Yangtze River Estuary Nature Reserve, Jiangsu 

The coast of the Bohai Gulf and the Yellow Sea ranges from Yalu River Estuary on the north to Yangtze River Estuary on the south. Along the coastline distribute natural habitats such as deltas, sandbars, mudflats, rocky shores, islands, reed marshes and shell ridges, as well as cultural landscapes such as salt works, fish ponds and rice fields. Sediments and nutrients are continuously discharged from the Yellow River and the Yangtze River (they are among the world’s longest ten rivers) and other rivers including the Yalu River, the Liao River, the Luan River and the Hai River, accumulating to form the world’s largest continuous mudflat coast. The dynamic process of sediment accumulation and continental shelf subsidence still continues to shape the geological landscape and ecosystem on the Bohai Gulf-the Yellow Sea coast, making it one of the most diverse and fertile coasts in the world, a key habitat for the migratory birds on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Besides, habitats formed by thousands of years of human activities, including rice fields and salt works, also provide stopover sites for migratory birds in certain periods of the year."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Yancheng Rare Birds Nature Reserve in Jiangsu. Thanks to Wei of Hangzhou, China.

Netherlands - Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie

"The Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie is a military defence line that marked the administrative and economic heart of the Netherlands - Fort Holland. It was designed to keep out invaders by the controlled flooding of a chain of inundation fields to a depth of up to a metre. The inundation line was laid in the 19th and 20th centuries and runs from Fort Naarden to Fort Steurgat in the Biesbosch. The line consists of a system of waterworks and over 1,000 forts, casemates, sluices and wooden houses. The Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie is one of the largest projects ever undertaken in the Netherlands. The fields of fire and inundation basins around the forts consist mainly of open land, since the Strategic Defences Act (Kringenwet) of 1853, which was only repealed in 1963, prohibited any building on such designated areas until 1963. The Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie links up with, and is an extension of, the Stelling van Amsterdam, which already has World Heritage status."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Muiderslot is part of Nieuw Hollandse Waterlinie. Thanks to Mike of Netherlands.





Postcard 2
Loevestein Castle is part of New Dutch Waterline. Thanks to Mike of Netherlands.


Russia - Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex "To the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad"

"Mamayev Kurgan Memorial complex "To the heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad" in Volgograd is a symbol of heroism and patriotism of the Soviet nation and a tribute to the memory of those who died in the great battle of the Volga river, the most significant land battle in the human history which became a turning point in the World War II.

Due to its convenient location in the very centre of the city, Mamayev Kurgan held the key position in the defence of Stalingrad, and it is here where the construction of an enormous memorial complex started in the May of 1959, it being first presented on 15th October, 1967.

The Memorial complex "To the heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad" represents a unique formation with a total height of 820 meters from its foot to the top."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List


Mamayev Kurgan Monutment - Motherland, Volgograd City. Thanks to Piotr of St Petersburg, Russia.

Russia - Krasnoyarsk Stolby

"The nominated area is located on the north-western spur of the Eastern Sayan. Its natural borders are right tributaries of the Yenisey River; in the north-east the Bazaikha, in the south and south-west - the rivers Mana and Bolshaya Slimeva. In the north-east the territory borders on the suburb of Krasnoyarsk."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List


Panorama postcard of Krasnoyarsk Area State Nature Reserve, Stolby, Russia. Thanks to Piotr of St Petersburg, Russia.

Belarus - Worship wooden architecture (17th -18th centuries) in Polesye

"Wood was the main building material in Belarus up to the end of the 19th century. Artistic styles of stone architecture influenced greatly the development of worship wooden architecture. The process of the form development in wooden architecture was more complex than in stone architecture, for it presupposed not just renewal but also a return to the cultural roots. Therefore, in 17th and 18th centuries, two types of the Polesye architectural schools emerged - those of the Western Polesye and of the Eastern Polesye. The Western Polesye school has formed itself in the territory between Brest and Pinsk. The typical edifices of the zone are marked by the peculiar construction, planning design, organizational pattern of the yard and architecture. Typical for the school temples were frames, different in size and form, united under a single plastic shingled roof (St. Nikita Church in Zditovo). In addition, churches were constructed with pyramidal tower roofs, with their upper parts cut off (Spasopreobrazhenskaya Church in Otlusha), temples with steeples built to the main facade etc. This architectural school has common features with the architecture of Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland. St. Nikita Church in Zditovo is a monument of wooden architecture. It was constructed in 1502 in the village of Zditovo of the Zhabinka Rayon on the right bank of the Muchovets River. The temple sizes 9,40 x 15,65 x 6 meters. The Church has three right-angled frames and the apses, covered by a joint pent roof. In the 19th century a frame tambour was attached to the entrance. The walls are covered by vertical wooden planks, 2 The ensemble approach to the architectural design of the avenue, including squares, parks, public gardens, main public buildings has contributed to the enlargement and development the city center."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Wooden Churches of Belarus. Thanks to Natalia of Belarus.

Belarus - Saviour Transfiguration Church and St. Sophia Cathedral in the town of Polatsk

"The town of Polatsk is one of the most ancient towns founded by West Slavs. First mentioned in "Pouvest vremennyh let" (a Chronicle of Kiev and Kievan Rus) in 862. The town was named in accordance with the Palata river name, on the right bank of which the first settlements appeared. From 10th to 13th centuries Polatsk was the central town of the Polatsk Principality. Favorable geographical location on trade ways ("From Varengians to Greeks") promoted the rapid economical and cultural development. At that time outstanding examples of architecture of the period St. Sofia Cathedral and Savior Transfiguration Church were constructed.

The Saviour Transfiguration Church in the town of Polatsk, Vitsebsk Province, is a monument of ancient Russian architecture. Its style suggests the Polatsk school of architecture. It was built between 1152 and 1161 by the Polatsk architect Ioann by the order of the princess St. Euphrosyne of Polatsk as a cathedral church of the Convent of the Saviour and St. Euphrosyne."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List


Saint Sophia'S Cathedral, Polatsk, Belarus.Thanks to Natalia of Belarus.

Croatia - Varazdin - Historic Nucleus and Old Town (the Castle)

"The medieval-renaissance-baroque historic nucleus and the Old Town of Varaždin has features that are remarkable even in comparison with other sites in the greater European setting, and it is an exceptional location in its own country. The old and preserved grid of streets and squares is lined with noble baroque palaces and smaller buildings used as dwellings and it is crowned with an interesting layer of medieval-renaissance-baroque set of buildings of the Old Town (the Castle) located on the north-west corner of the town centre. The baroque seal of this urban entity rests on the town parish church of St. Nicholas and three independent sites holding the Franciscan church, the Jesuit church and the church of St. Ursula with their monasteries in the centre of the historic nucleus. Two baroque churches, of St. Florian and St. Vid, and another, Capuchin monastery, are located on the rim of this site and another two votive chapels, St. Rok and Sts. Fabian and Sebastian on the access roads to the town. The town panorama is marked by their church steeples that can be seen from afar."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Old town of Varazdin - a former capital of Croatia before it was moved to Zagreb after a major fire. Thanks to Antonella of Croatia.

Germany - Darmstadt Artists’ Colony Mathildenhöhe

"The total artwork of the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony on the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, with its buildings, gardens and works of art spanning the years 1901-1914, constitutes not only a unique ensemble testifying to experimental creativity, but also an incomparable document of the architectural and artistic renewal at the dawn of Modernism inspired by the international reform movement of the early 20th century.

The art-loving Hessian Grand Duke, Ernst Ludwig, founded the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony in 1899 as a means of promoting the arts and crafts in Hesse. Over the 16 years of its existence, 23 notable artists were members of this community. The Mathildenhöhe (Mathilde Heights), situated in the eastern part of the city of Darmstadt, developed into an innovative and experimental centre dedicated to architecture and all areas of the fine and applied arts mainly under the direction of Joseph Maria Olbrich, a former member of the Vienna Secession. Other eminent members were Peter Behrens, Hans Christiansen, Albin Müller, and Bernhard Hoetger. The Mathildenhöhe artists’ programmatic focus on the aspects of “domestic living” and “work” came to provide a major inspiration for architectural developments of the early 20th century. Over the course of four exhibitions, a number of pioneering buildings came into being, complete with their interior decoration and furnishings, all surrounded by a park embellished with sculptures, fountains and pavilions. From living space to garden and from furniture to tableware, the artists orchestrated walk-in living environments, each in the form of an aesthetic total art work (“Gesamtkunstwerk”)."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List



Postcard 1
Thank you to YL who visited Darmstadt and mailed to me these 4 wonderful Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhohe with the Russian Church.






Postcard 2
Classic edition of Mathildenhoe Darmstadt.





Postcard 3
Multi-view of Darmstadt Mathildenhohe.






Postcard 4
Ernst-Ludwig Hause by Joseph Mari Olbrich.


Nepal - Cave architecture of Muktinath Valley of Mustang

"Cave architecture of Muktinath Valley of Mustang. For many travelers, reaching Nepal's Mustang region is like arriving at the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Cut off from the world on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, Mustang has been part of Nepal since the 18th century, but its traditional Tibetan culture has survived in isolation. Formerly the independent Kingdom of Lo, Mustang -- or Upper Mustang as it's sometimes called -- is a high altitude desert of rich red and ocher land and deep gorges set against an infinite blue sky."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Not exactly the caves but Tsarang with the Mustang landscape. Thanks to Ayub of Nepal.

Turkey - The Theatre and Aqueducts of the Ancient City of Aspendos

"The Aspendos theatre is the best-preserved monument of its type from the Ancient World in Turkey, and one of the most intact in the world. The theatre of Aspendos is one of the rare examples of a Roman theatre, constructed as a whole with the combination of a multi-storied and richly decorated stage building and a semi circular shaped cavea. The level of preservation was mostly due to the Seljuk restoration of the 13th century, during the time of Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat. The restoration and reuse of the building as a palace have left important but subtle traces including geometric designs and blue-coloured tiles. Therefore the theatre not only gives the spectator endless inspiration to delve into the history, but also presents an opportunity to read the multi-layered architectural interventions in a critical manner; thus the monument invites the contemporary visitor or expert to become actively engaged in picturing the theatre‟s use and critically questioning it based on the existing evidence. The aqueducts, on the other hand, have come even more to the attention of scholars because of their unique hydraulic siphons and very well preserved original conditions. They are important structures for the history of technology since they still survive in such a condition that raises and answers many questions regarding their construction and use. The level of preservation gives the spectator a sense of the monument's "eternal" nature when viewed from the high and rather isolated point on the northern side of the flat-topped acropolis."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Nice multi-view of Roman ruins of Aspendos, Antalya, Turkey. Thanks to Naomi of Netherlands.





Postcard 2
Multiview of Aspendos - Theatre, Aquaduct. Thanks to Sabine of Bosnia and Herzegovin who visited Aspendos, outside Kemer, Turkey.


Myanmar - Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments

Postcard 1
Sunset at Bagan, Myanmar.





Postcard 2
This is Gawdawpalin Temple - not "Ananda Pagoda" as misprinted in the postcard text. I bought this postcard from the Myanmar Pavilion at 2010 Shanghai World Expo in China. I visited this temple in Bagan in December 2015 and mailed this postcard from Myanmar to myself.






Postcard 3
I bought this postcard in Bangkok and arranged for it to be mailed from Yangon - thanks to Toekyaw of Singapore. Nice special Yangon GPO cancellation.


Wanted: Postcards of UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

I am trying to collect a postcard of all the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. Please help me if you can. Thank you.

Here is the official list of all the tentative list https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/ which constantly added and updated.

As of August 23, 2018, there are 1,698 Tentative List in 177 countries.

I have collected 409 Tentative List  - 409/1698 = about 24%

Whenever possible, I prefer written stamped from country of origin. If not possible, blank postcards or written stamped from other countries is fine.

Greece - Petrified Forest of Lesvos

"Located on the island of Lesvos (North Aegean Region), one of the most important natural heritage monuments in the world, the Petrified Forest of Lesvos, is a unique testament to the ecosystem that once existed in the Aegean region during the Miocene Epoch. The forest consists of hundreds of fossilized trunks, standing or downed, coniferous or fruit-bearing, which are scattered over an area of 15,000 hectares in major concentrations within the protected region and at many other sites in the layers of volcanic rocks. To protect and promote the wonders of this ancient forest, the Greek state declared the area a Protected Natural Monument in 1985 (Presidential Decree 443 /1985). It has also been included in regions protected by the Barcelona Convention (Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution, OG235/A/1978)."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Panorama size postcard of Petrified Forest of Lesvos Island, Greece. Thanks to Hasti for mailing from Greece.