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! :)

SERBIA - Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius

"The Late Roman fortified palace compound and memorial complex of Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius, in the east of Serbia, was commissioned by Emperor Caius Valerius Galerius Maximianus, in the late 3rd and early 4th centuries. It was known as Felix Romuliana, named after the emperor’s mother. The site consists of fortifications, the palace in the north-western part of the complex, basilicas, temples, hot baths, memorial complex, and a tetrapylon. The group of buildings is also unique in its intertwining of ceremonial and memorial functions." -

Postcard 1
Finally! My first UNESCO card from Serbia!
Thank you so much Judit for sharing with me this wonderful postcard!

Postcard 2
Thank you so much Anna for this UNESCO postcard!
I like the stamp also!

MONTENEGRO - Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor

"In the Middle Ages, this natural harbour on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro was an important artistic and commercial centre with its own famous schools of masonry and iconography. A large number of the monuments (including four Romanesque churches and the town walls) were seriously damaged by the 1979 earthquake but the town has been restored, largely with UNESCO’s help." -

Postcard 1
Wow! "A place where celebrities like Brad Pitt, Madonna,
Rolling Stones and Silvester Stalone visit", shares Rajko.
Thank you so much Rajko for this wonderful card!
I like it so much especially it's my lone card from your country! =)

Postcard 2

Thank you so much Luk for the wonderful card of Kotor!
Hope you had a great vacation there!

Postcard 3
Another surprise postcard from Ate Queenie!
Kotor was part of their Mediterranean Cruise last October 2017 aboard Royal Princess, which can carry 3600 passengers and have 19th floor level.
Maraming salamat, Ate Queen for sharing your wonderful experiences!

ITALY - Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata

"When Vesuvius erupted on 24 August AD 79, it engulfed the two flourishing Roman towns of Pompei and Herculaneum, as well as the many wealthy villas in the area. These have been progressively excavated and made accessible to the public since the mid-18th century. The vast expanse of the commercial town of Pompei contrasts with the smaller but better-preserved remains of the holiday resort of Herculaneum, while the superb wall paintings of the Villa Oplontis at Torre Annunziata give a vivid impression of the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the wealthier citizens of the Early Roman Empire." -

Postcard 1: Pompei

A surprise postcard from Cheryll of Suriname who went to Italy together with her family!
Great snapshots of Pompei on the postcard...
Thank you so so much Cheryll! ^-^

Postcard 2: Pompei

Postcard 3: Pompei

Postcard 4: Herculaneum

Postcard 5: Herculaneum

Postcards 2, 3, 4 and 5 are surprise postcards from Jean Pierre!
Thank you so much for your vast contribution in my UNESCO postcards collection!
Very much appreciated from the bottom of my heart...

Postcard 6: Pompei
A surprise postcard from Ate Queenie, a sweet friend of mine, a "kababayan".
She was on a 21-day Mediteranean Cruise together with her family last October 2017.
This Italy postcard was mailed in Kotor, Montenegro.
Maraming salamat, Ate Queen!

SPAIN - Works of Antoni Gaudí

"Seven properties built by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in or near Barcelona testify to Gaudí’s exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These monuments represent an eclectic, as well as a very personal, style which was given free reign in the design of gardens, sculpture and all decorative arts, as well as architecture. The seven buildings are: Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; Crypt in Colonia Güell." -

Postcard 1: The 7 Properties

Thank you so much Cristina for this card! 
I wish to receive  another one that's written and stamped someday! =)

Postcard 2: Casa Vicens

A Christmas present!
Thank you so much Sandra for sharing with me this hard to get postcard!
This is very much appreciated! ^-^

Postcard 3: Casa Batlló

"This card shows the roof of the Batlló House", shares Clara.
Thank you so much Clara for this colorful card! =)

Postcard 4: Casa Batlló
Thank you so much, Jean Pierre for this wonderful surprise postcard of one of Gaudi's masterpieces in Spain!
Ohh and you sent it from Gibraltar!
Maraming salamat!

Postcard 5: La Sagrada Familia & Casa Batlló
Ate Queenie in Barcelona!
Thank you so much for this wonderful surprise postcard Ate!!!
Best regards and take care always!!!

ITALY - Piazza del Duomo, Pisa

"Standing in a large green expanse, Piazza del Duomo houses a group of monuments known the world over. These four masterpieces of medieval architecture – the cathedral, the baptistry, the campanile (the 'Leaning Tower') and the cemetery – had a great influence on monumental art in Italy from the 11th to the 14th century. " -

Postcard 1
"The Leaning Tower took 177 years to finish! I hope Puerto Princesa can create
something special...", Ate Queenie shares.
Thank you so much Ate Queenie for this postcard!
This is part of their 21-day Mediterranean Cruise aboard Royal Princess last October 2017.

Postcard 2
"This square is one of my fave place in the world.
I had such a feeling of serenity when I was there.
Going on the top of the leaning tower was a dream of my childhood.
I did it at age 24 and it was AMAZING!", shares Marta.

Thank you so much for this great postcard, Marta!
Thank you too for sharing your wonderful experience! =)

VATICAN - Vatican City

"The Vatican City, one of the most sacred places in Christendom, attests to a great history and a formidable spiritual venture. A unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces lie within the boundaries of this small state. At its centre is St Peter's Basilica, with its double colonnade and a circular piazza in front and bordered by palaces and gardens. The basilica, erected over the tomb of St Peter the Apostle, is the largest religious building in the world, the fruit of the combined genius of Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini and Maderna." -

Postcard 1
"Rome is a very special City and Vatican is a unique place", says Rita.
Thank you so much for this card! Hugs! =)

Postcard 2
"Rome is really splendid, even very crowded and noisy, but I enjoy being here...",
shares Marysia from Poland who visited the Vatican first week of June...
Thank you so much Marysia for granting my wish! ^-^
Great card! Makes me want to visit this place one day!

Postcard 3
Thank you so much Ate Queenie for remembering me during your
visit to the Holy Ground!
Am sure you prayed for the whole iTC Family... ^-^
Awesome postcard of St. Peter's Square and awesome stamp showing Pope Francis as well!