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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

Writing On Stone postcard.

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.

Iran - Damavand

"Mount Damavand is the highest elevation about 5628m in Iran. It is an inactive volcanic mountain which was activated in Quaternary Period. It has numerous thermal springs. The peak of Damavand covers permanently snow during the entire year. The most important thermal springs are Ask and Larijan. The Flora and Fauna is very rich and include about 2000 plant species. There are numerous endemic species which are important to Flora of world."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Mount Damavand. Thanks to Bernard of Malaysia.

New Zealand - Napier Art Deco historic precinct

"The Napier Art Deco Historic Precinct is part of the central business district of the City of Napier, located between the shoreline of Hawke Bay and the coastal margin of the Heretaunga Plains, Hawke's Bay, North Island. Napier township was originally surveyed and laid out in the 1850s. Most of the town centre was destroyed on 3 February 1931 by a major earthquake (measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale) and the ensuing fires. The Hawke's Bay earthquake not only destroyed the centre of Napier, but caused radical changes to the surrounding landscape. It was a natural disaster of major proportions. This destruction resulted in a massive reconstruction of the town centre. Napier became New Zealand's (and indeed the world's) newest city with its own Southern Hemisphere version of Art Deco style. Due to the economic climate and the number of casualties caused by falling masonry and decorative features during the earthquake, the scale of the town centre was limited to one or two storeys and the buildings were decorated with low relief ornamentation. Reinforced concrete was used in construction and the use of older materials such as bricks was shunned. Ornamental motifs used on buildings reflect all of the themes prevalent in Art Deco design, and include authentic Maori designs on both exteriors and interiors of some buildings. These motifs are seen not only in exterior low relief stucco but also in interior plasterwork, leaded glass, metal grilles, flooring and joinery." Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

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Spanish Mission style which was developed in California and Southwest USA, was popular in Napier in the post earthquake reconstruction period. Provincial Hotel - Harston's Building - Napier Club - Shakespeares Inn - Gaiety Theatre - Criterion Hotel. Thanks so much to YL and family who visited Napier and remembered that I wanted a postcard of Napier showing the art deco. The postcard was missent to Singapore but arrived finally in Penang island.

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Art Deco, Napier. Thanks to Janette of New Zealand.

Thanks to Shawn of New Zealand for mailing to me these 5 postcards from Napier with Napier stamps.

Postcard 3

Postcard 4

Postcard 5

Postcard 6

Postcard 7

Four More Postcards
Nice postcards of Napier Art Deco sent using Royal Wedding stamp. Thanks to Craig of Napier, New Zealand.