Thursday, February 22, 2018

FRANCE - Amiens Cathedral

"Amiens Cathedral, in the heart of Picardy, is one of the largest 'classic' Gothic churches of the 13th century. It is notable for the coherence of its plan, the beauty of its three-tier interior elevation and the particularly fine display of sculptures on the principal facade and in the south transept." -

Postcard 1

Thank you so much Laure for helping me out with my UNESCO cards collection! =)

Postcard 2

Top view of this gigantic Church!
Thank you so much, Jean Pierre for this amazing postcard!

FRANCE - Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the "Triumphal Arch" of Orange

"Situated in the Rhone valley, the ancient theatre of Orange, with its 103-m-long facade, is one of the best preserved of all the great Roman theatres. Built between A.D. 10 and 25, the Roman arch is one of the most beautiful and interesting surviving examples of a provincial triumphal arch from the reign of Augustus. It is decorated with low reliefs commemorating the establishment of the Pax Romana." -

Postcard 1

This is a great card! Thanks so much, Nancy! =)

Postcard 2

Postcard 3

Thank you so much, Jean Pierre for sending the above 2 postcards from Singapore!

FRANCE - Fortifications of Vauban

"Fortifications of Vauban consists of 12 groups of fortified buildings and sites along the western, northern and eastern borders of France. They represent the finest examples of the work of Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), a military engineer of King Louis XIV. The serial property includes towns built from scratch by Vauban, citadels, urban bastion walls and bastion towers. There are also mountain forts, sea forts, a mountain battery and two mountain communication structures. This property is inscribed as bearing witness to the peak of classic fortifications, typical of western military architecture. Vauban also played a major role in the history of fortification in Europe and on other continents until the mid-19th century." -

Postcard 1: Besançon

Thank you so much Laure for sending me this card from France!

Postcard 2: Longwy

Thank you so much for sharing the Longwy card with me, Ulla!

Postcard 3: Mont-Louis

A surprise postcard from Jean Pierre!
Maraming maraming salamat (Thank you, thank you so much) for always
helping me out with my collection.
So happy here! ^-^

Postcard 4: Saint-Martin-de-Ré

Thank you so much, Jean Pierre for your
unending support in my postcards collection!

The 12 Sites

  • Arras, Pas-de-Calais: citadel
  • Besançon, Doubs: citadel, city walls and Fort Griffon
  • Blaye-Cussac-Fort-Médoc, Gironde: citadel of Blaye, city walls, Fort Paté and Fort Médoc
  • Briançon, Hautes-Alpes: city walls, Redoute des Salettes, Fort des Trois-Têtes, Fort du Randouillet, ouvrage de la communication Y and the Asfeld Bridge
  • Camaret-sur-Mer, Finistère: Tour dorée (lit. "Golden Tower") aka. Tour Vauban
  • Longwy, Meurthe-et-Moselle: ville neuve
  • Mont-Dauphin, Hautes-Alpes: place forte
  • Mont-Louis, Pyrénées-Orientales: citadel and city walls
  • Neuf-Brisach, Haut-Rhin: ville neuve/Breisach (Germany): gateway of the Rhine
  • Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Charente-Maritime: city walls and citadel
  • Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue/Tatihou, Manche: watchtowers
  • Villefranche-de-Conflent, Pyrénées-Orientales: city walls, Fort Libéria and Cova Bastera

FRANCE - Canal du Midi

"This 360-km network of navigable waterways linking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through 328 structures (locks, aqueducts, bridges, tunnels, etc.) is one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering in modern times. Built between 1667 and 1694, it paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. The care that its creator, Pierre-Paul Riquet, took in the design and the way it blends with its surroundings turned a technical achievement into a work of art." -

Postcard 1

This view looks romantic... Thanks Nancy! =)

Postcard 2


Indeed a romantic view.
Thank you so much, Jean Pierre for sharing this awesome postcard with me!

FRANCE - Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

"Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral. Carcassonne is also of exceptional importance because of the lengthy restoration campaign undertaken by Viollet-le-Duc, one of the founders of the modern science of conservation." -

Postcard 1

Again, million thanks Nancy! I just love looking at this card! Amazing! =)

Postcard 2

A surprise postcard from Jean Pierre!
Finally! A written and stamped one! Thank you so much! :)

Postcard 3

Another postcard of Carcassonne from Jean Pierre!
Thank you so much for sending me this postcard, JP! ^-^

FRANCE - Episcopal City of Albi

"On the banks of the Tarn river in south-west France, the old city of Albi reflects the culmination of a medieval architectural and urban ensemble. Today the Old Bridge (Pont-Vieux), the Saint-Salvi quarter and its church are testimony to its initial development (10th -11th centuries). Following the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathar heretics (13th century) it became a powerful episcopal city. Built in a unique southern French Gothic style from local brick in characteristic red and orange colours, the lofty fortified Cathedral (late 13th century) dominates the city, demonstrating the power regained by the Roman Catholic clergy. Alongside the Cathedral is the vast bishop’s Palais de la Berbie, overlooking the river and surrounded by residential quarters that date back to the Middle Ages. The Episcopal City of Albi forms a coherent and homogeneous ensemble of monuments and quarters that has remained largely unchanged over the centuries." -

Thank you so much Jean Pierre for your continued support in my UNESCO World Heritage Sites postcards collection! ^-^

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

PERU - Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa

"The historic centre of Arequipa, built in volcanic sillar rock, represents an integration of European and native building techniques and characteristics, expressed in the admirable work of colonial masters and Criollo and Indian masons. This combination of influences is illustrated by the city's robust walls, archways and vaults, courtyards and open spaces, and the intricate Baroque decoration of its facades." -

Postcard 1
"This card shows the Arequipa Cathedral," shares Marcos.
Thank you so much for this great postcard! =)

Postcard 2

Thank you so much Andres for this wonderful multi-view postcard!
I like the stamp too! :)