Montenegro - Cetinje Historic Core

"Cetinje Royal Capital covers the area of 910 km2, which equals 6.6% of the total area of the State of Montenegro. It is situated in between Boka Kotorska Bay to the West, Budva's Riviera to the South, Skadar Lake basin and Zeta-Bjelopavlići plain to the East, Nikšić plain and Bijele Rudine to the North. It borders seven municipalities (Kotor, Tivat, Budva, Bar, Podgorica, Danilovgrad and Nikšić). Generally speaking, Cetinje region can be divided into three larger, spatially independent areas: 'Katunska površ' or 'Katunski krš', Mount Lovćen range and its continental piedmont area and Skadar Lake basin's Western ridge."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List


Maousolem of Petar II Petrovic Njegos on top of Mount Lovcen, Montenegro. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France for mailing from Cetinje, Montenegro postmarked September 6, 2021 and arrived in Penang island on September 28, 2021.




Iran - Serial Nomination of Tehrans' Modern Architectural Heritage

"Development in the historical structure of the Iranian architecture has begun from the second half of the 19th century and contemporaneous with establishment of Dar al-Fonun College which was the first training center for new sciences in Iran since 1851. At the outset of this development, there was a tendency toward the European architecture and employment of some elements of the Neo-classicism. But the early decades of the 20th century and contemporaneous with the end of the Qajarid dynasty and beginning of the Pahlavids, modernization was precipitated. Along with the elites’ and individuals’ interests, new centralist and bureaucratic government made this choice of development. The very crystal clear instances of such development are urban changes and architectural properties for example contemporaneous establishment of a large number of public buildings such as schools, universities, industrial factories, state buildings and ministries. In this way, a number of architects who were familiar with architectural changes of the 19th and 20th centuries in Europe found job opportunities. This group of architects consisted of a number of Iranian and several foreign architects who were the pioneers of such changes. Finally, in 1940, they established the first architecture college in Iran.....

Late Modern Style
There exist a number of experiences within the Modern style that tried to include some elements of vernacular culture such as Azadi Tower, Imam Sadegh University and the headquarters of the Iranian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts. In this style, the architects tried to give some kind of local identity to the Modern architecture that was employed in Iran..."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List


A nice postcard of Azadi Tower in Azadi Square, Teheran, Iran. Nice stamps too. Thanks to Ingrid.


Honduras - Mining Towns of Central and Southern Honduras: Santa Lucía, Cedros, Ojojona-Guazucarán, San Antonio de Oriente, Tegucigalpa, Yuscarán, El Corpus

 Santa Lucía: (Postcard collected)

Tegucigalpa: (Postcard collected)

Cedros:  Ojojona-Guazucarán: San Antonio de Oriente: Yuscarán: El Corpus: 

"The proposed series is located in the Honduran departments of Francisco Morazán, El Paraíso and Choluteca, most of which have an average altitude of 1000 m a.s.l. and a temperate climate. This is a region through which the mountain ranges of Lepaterique, Misoco and Dipilto cross, and also features coastal areas to the south of the region next to the Pacific Ocean. Therefore, it has a combination of flat and mountainous terrain, with a predominant vegetation of pine trees and, to a lesser extent, oak and cedar trees. Its soils are of volcanic origin rich in minerals. These deposits were located in metamorphic, Paleozoic and Cretaceous sedimentary rocks, which constitute the rugged interior plateau that surrounds Tegucigalpa and Comayagua1."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List



Postcard 1 - Santa Lucia
A picturesque postcard of Santa Lucia, near Tegucigalpa of Honduras. Thanks to Meruw of Honduras.



Postcard 2 - Tegucigalpa
Villa Roy, National Museum of Anthropology and History, Tegucigalpa. Thanks so much Ismael for your beautiful postcard of your country.



Bangladesh - Jaggadala Vihara

"An extensive mound, 105 metres long by 85 metres, which represents the archaeological remains of a Buddhist monastery associated with the existing World Heritage Site of Paharpur, to which is proposed to be added as an additional Monument Zone as part of a serial nomination. Finds have included terracotta plaques, ornamental bricks, nails, a gold ingot and three stone images of deities."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Jagoddal Bihara, Naogaon 1082-1124 AD, Bangladesh. Thanks to Foysal of Dhaka, Bangladesh. 4 beautiful stamps used. Mailed in May 2021 and arrived in Penang Island on July 5, 2021.

Albania - The Ancient City of Apollonia

"The ancient city of Apollonia is situated in southwestern Albania, about 13 miles from the city of Fier. The fascinating landscape of the archeological park, which has been preserved in an exceptionally intact condition, comprises a successful combination between the beauty of monuments and nature, attractive through its long history, in an atmosphere of relaxation and meditation. Its foundation took place immediately after the foundation of Epidamnus – Dyrrachium and quickly became one of the most eminent cities of the Adriatic basin, which was mentioned more frequently from the other 30 (thirty) cities bearing the same name during Antiquity. The city lay in the territory of the political communion of the Taulantii and was broadly known as Apollonia of Illyria. According to the tradition it was founded during the first half of the 6th century BC by Greek colonist from Corfu and Corinth, led by Gylax, which named the city after his name (Gylakeia). After its quick establishment the city changed its name to Apollonia, according to the powerful divinity Apollo. It stands on a hilly plateau from where expands the fertile plain of Musacchia with the Adriatic Sea and the hills of Mallakastra. The ruins of Apollonia are discovered in the beginning of the 19th century."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

The amphitheatre of Apolonia, Albania. Thanks to Ron of Sweden who was visiting Albania. Postmarked June 8, 2021 and arrived in Penang island on July 1, 2021.



Bangladesh - The Lalmai-Mainamati Group of monuments

"Some fifty archaeological sites have been identified on an area of elevated land 18km long and 4,5km wide, representing a major religious and political centre without parallel in the sub -continent. It appears to have been the religious centre from which Buddhism was spread to South East Asia."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Shalbon Bihara in Comilla of 7th Century AD is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List of Lalmai-Mainamati Buddhist monuments. Thanks to Foysal of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Postmarked June 2021 and arrived in Penang island on June 29, 2021.



Rwanda - Nyungwe National Park

"The Nyungwe natural forest, which became Nyungwe National Park in 2005 by law Nº 22/2005 of 21/11/2005, is a forest area located in the southwest of Rwanda, precisely in five districts: Nyaruguru and Nyamagabe of the Province from South ; Rusizi, Nyamasheke and Karongi from Western Province. The Nyungwe National Park is a set of three components of natural properties which covers an area of ​​1,019 km2, with a buffer zone of 10,085.22 ha comprising: (i) the Nyungwe natural forest which covers the hills and mountains of southwest Rwanda is known as the largest island of mountain forest in East and Central Africa; (ii) the natural forest of Cyamudongo and (iii) a small natural forest of Gisakura. It is also a paradise for primates that cannot be found elsewhere in the world, including colobus monkeys as well as chimpanzees that we grow in number."

Source: UNESCO WHS Tentative List



Postcard 1
Nyungwe Forest has more than 200 species of trees and the forest floor is characterized by moss and fungi growths. Mailed on February 16, 2013 and arrived in Penang island on March 20, 2013. Thanks to Sionnan of Canada who visited Rwanda.





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Waterfalls at Nyungwe National Park of Rwanda - the largest montane forest and home of chimpanzees. Thanks to Michael of South Africa who visiting Rwanda.


Egypt - Egyptian Museum in Cairo

"Located in the heart of Tahrir Square, Cairo, the Egyptian Museum is a unique building designed to host the world's oldest collection of Pharaonic art and monuments. Built on an area of 13,600 sq. meters, with more than 100 exhibition halls, the museum is a product of a competition launched by the Egyptian Government in 1895 and thus it is considered the first national museum in the Middle East. The original collection, established in the late 19th century, was previously housed at a building in Bulaq. Afterwards it was transferred to the palace of Ismail Pasha in Giza, until its definitive resting place was completed. Several design projects were proposed, but the one presented by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon was chosen as the winner. The cornerstone was laid on 1st April 1897 at Tahrir Square by the Italian company of Giuseppe Garozzo and Francesco Zaffrani. Due to the fact that the competition was specifically created to find the most practical design and architecture strategy for hosting a vast exhibition of antiquities, the Egyptian Museum became the first purpose-built museum edifice in the region, setting a precedent for many other museological institutions that were to emerge during the 20th century.

Besides the site’s original and avant-garde design concept, the building carries an enormous scientific value, since it is considered the museum with the largest ancient Egyptian collection in the world, and has thus always been the flagship of museums for the study, research, conservation, and exhibition practices related to ancient Egypt and the influence it exerted on many other historical civilizations. The Museum displays an extensive collection spanning from prehistory up to the Graeco-Roman period. The museum originally contained a library, conservation laboratories, and an extra piece of land that extends to the Nile-bank, that later became the headquarters of the National Democratic Party, which was burnt down during the 2011 revolution. This land used to provide the museum with direct access to the Nile.

Source: UNESCO WHS Tentative List


The Egyptian Museum Cairo is world famous with Egyptian antiquities including the Mask of Tutankhamun. 4 great Egyptian stamps used. Thanks to Farah of Egypt.



Malaysia - The Archaeological Heritage of Niah National Park’s Caves Complex, Sarawak

"In terms of archaeological contribution, the Niah Cave Complex is of international significance given that it is one of the most important places in Southeast Asia with evidence of continuous human occupation during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene. In addition, the discoveries in the West Mouth of Niah Caves, which included 25 human burials dating to the Early Holocene and over 200 burials with Neolithic material culture, are respectively the largest Mesolithic and Neolithic cemeteries in Island Southeast Asia.

From the wider perspective the Niah Caves goes beyond the discovery of the globally significant archaeological artefacts. From a global standpoint, numerous eminent archaeologists and anthropologists believe the site contains some of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia in relation to the Southern Dispersal Route as well as the interaction of prehistoric people with the environment and surrounding which has led to the establishment of cultural tradition in managing and stewardship of indigenous tree crop resulted from experiments and experiences."

Source: UNESCO Tentative List


Postcard 1
Niah Cave is located south of Miri, Sarawak.




Postcard 2
Archaelogical site of stone age human habitation in Niah Caves.



Postcard 3
A shaft of sunlight beam in the Moon Cave of Niah Cave.

France - Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

"Vaux le Vicomte is the first model of beautifully preserved palace of Versailles, which was, he remodeled and enlarged at the end of the reign of Louis XIV and during the following reigns. The castle of Vaux is at the center of a broad-based composition, attributed to Le Nôtre, including the gardens. The area (500 ha, including 70 gardens) was acquired by Nicolas Fouquet in 1641. The layout of the gardens seems to have been completed in 1652, while the castle was built from 1656 to 1659..." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Castle of Vaux Le Viccunte. Written on July 22, 2011 and arrived in Penang on July 30, 2011. Thanks to Fabienne of Spain.







Postcard 2
Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. Thanks to Grets of UK who went on a river cruise in France. Merci beaucoup.




Postcard 3 
 Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France for this nice mint postcard mailed inside an envelope from France, postmarked Oct 21, 2020 and arrived in Penang island on Nov 26, 2020.

France - Megalithic Sites of Carnac

"The relics of megalithic civilizations (-5000-2000) are dispersed in the Department of Morbidhan and in the village of Carnac. On this last, there is an unique group composed of three alignment an original constituted composition of its two surrounding walls and of its lines of which one Ménec) introduces of lined up menhirs. Group composed of 4000 menhirs stretching on about 4 Kilometres and 40 hectares is supplemented of a covered path, a cromlech of menhirs isolated in the North and a very big burial mound in the South, monument portrays representative of burial mound of carnacéen type (125m x 60m x 12m high) and of a dolmen with hall." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Carnac - the alignments of standing stones on the heath. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France who visited this amazing prehistoric site.




Postcard 2
The Menec alignment of Carnac. Nice mint postcard mailed inside envelope from France, postmarked October 21, 2020 and arrived in Penang island on November 26, 2020. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France.

Spain - France - Mediterranean shore of the Pyrenees

"It is the cultural landscape formed by the culmination of the Pyrenees in the Mediterranean Sea. Steep rocky coast, Caps and Béar Creus, Albères mountains, it is a natural landscape of exceptional quality, which also has great wealth in biodiversity, both marine and terrestrial, copy the Mediterranean coast, with unique features such as coastal vineyards of Banyuls and spectacular amenities. Territory marked by human presence and Mediterranean trade from the earliest times, it is marked by strong historical imprints (Greek, Roman, medieval and modern), and the combination of the work of a number of greatest European artists of the twentieth century in search of light and color." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Postcard 1
Le Cap Bear of La Cote Vermeille. The postcard got wet during postal delivery and so stamp is missing. Fortunately postcard arrived intact. Thanks so much to Fabienne of Spain for mailing from France.




Postcard 2
Banyuls-sur-Mer (Catalan: Banyuls de la Marenda) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. It was first settled by Greeks starting in 400 BCE. Again thanks to Jean-Pierre of France for mailing this mint postcard from France inside envelope postmarked Oct 21, 2020 and received in Penang Island on Nov 26, 2020. 

France - Rouen: Timber-framed urban complex, Cathedral, Saint-Ouen Church, Saint Maclou Church

"Rouen: Timber-framed urban complex, Cathedral, Saint-Ouen Church, Saint Maclou Church"

Source: UNESCO Tentative List

Postcard 1
Beautiful postcard of Rouen, Seine Maritime in Upper Normandy, France. Nice French stamps and a postmark of Louvre Paris! Thanks so much to Jerome.




Postcard 2
Lu rue du Gros Horloge with the famous astronomical clock. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France for this pretty mint postcard mailed inside envelope from France postmarked Oct 31, 2020 and received in Penang island on November 26, 2020.

India - Iconic Riverfront of the Historic City of Varanasi

"Excavations, historic documents and scientific analyses support the fact that Varanasi is one of the most ancient continuously living cities of the world. With an abundance of iconic ghats, temples, historic housing and living religious and cultural traditions, Varanasi is one of the highest embodiments of Indian culture and spirituality, and the ghats are an epitome of the traditions attached. Owing to the immense sacred value associated with River Ganga in the Indian context, the riverfront forms the most iconic part of the city. The riverfront, that is the interface of the river with the land, encompasses the ghats (the steps leading to the river bank), the magnificent edifices towering above them, and the quaint alleys behind flanked with temples, mosques, palaces, havelis (traditional courtyard houses), kunds, akharas, gardens and gateways. The ghats portray a considerable part of the city’s cultural traditions and religious symbolism, thus being especially significant to Hindu religion."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Varanasi, formerly Benares, is one of the holiest Hindu town along the Ganges River - Gangga. Pilgrims here cleansed themselves in the holy river. Thanks so much to Donna who lives in India.



Algeria - Aurès Park with the oasis settlements of the Rhoufi and El Kantara Gorge

"Aurès is bounded on the west by the great Batna depression to the east by the valley of the El Arab wadi and falling suddenly over the plains on its north and south faces. Its ridges peak to the north east at more than 2000 m. A very varied vegetation reflects climatic contrasts as there are few in Algeria. The northern slope has green oaks and aloft, beautiful cedar trees that crown the top of large anticlines on siliceous sandy soils. The southern slope bears forests of Aleppo pines and Phoenician junipers which make way south to the steppe and in the valley bottoms to the palm groves. The Aurès makes cohabitate with 30km of distance the cedar and the palm tree, one harvests the wheat in June in the north; in April in the palm groves. Such contrasts can only be explained because Aurès puts the Tell and the Sahara in direct contact."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

Roufi, Algeria. Received in March 2020.