Tuesday, July 25, 2017

March Alternative RR 3 (I)

Last March I decided to join again an Alternative monthly RR. I've received a total of 19 cards, from 10 countries. These are from Russia, Malaysia, USA and Finland. 

This card was actually sent from Belarus by Tanya but there's no doubt that this is a russian card. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, on the northern side of the Moskwa River, near the Moscow's Kremlin, is probably one of the most well known russian cathedrals.

Anya sent me an unique and beautiful religious temple card. 
Located in the Russian city of Kazan, the colorful Temple of All Religions, or Universal Temple is a mish-mash of architectural flourishes culled from most of the major world religions to create an uber-complex where all religions can come together in harmony. - in: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/temple-of-all-religions

Built in 1753, Christ Church commemorates the 100th-year occupation of Malcca by the Dutch, and it stands on Jalan Gereja. 
Card sent by Wei.

Photo: Bob Clemenz
Jacquelynn sent me this beautiful church in Arizona. 
Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. It was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement of the Tohono O’odham (formerly known as Papago), located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. The mission was named for Francis Xavier, a Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order) in Europe.
Today's Mission was built between 1783-1797; it is the oldest European structure in Arizona.
Widely considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, it hosts some 200,000 visitors each year. - in: wikipedia

Now a finnish church sent by Minna.
The church of Sastamala in Karkku (dedicated to St. Mary) was built in the end of 15th century. Unfortunately church was nearly abandoned for decades in the 19th and 20th centuries. During this time the floor was destroyed. The church was renovated in 1960-1977 and today it's used mainly for summer ceremonies.
There is a fine collection of historical artefacts in Sastamala church. Oldest items are probably a stone font from the 13th century and the part of gravestone with engraving "1304". - in: https://www.spottinghistory.com/view/46/sastamala-church/

Photographed & published by Pentti Harala, Espoo
Another church from Finland, this one sent by Liisa.
Tampere Cathedral, originally called St. John's Church was built in 1902-1907 after a National Romantic design by Lars Sonck. It has seating capacity of 2000, and the interior is decorated with famous works by Hugo Simberg, such as The Garden of Death and The Wounded Angel. The large altarpiece was painted by Magnus Enckell. The each of the six entrances to the building has its own gate in the surrounding stone wall. The church became a Cathedral in 1923, and is a popular place for weddings and concerts. - in: http://www.muuka.com/finnishpumpkin/churches/tampere/cwtata/church_cwtata.html

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Canadian WHS

Red Bay Basque Whaling Station and Mistaken Point were the last canadian sites inscribed on the UNESCO WHS list. These were the 2 places I was still missing to have all the UNESCO sites from Canada. Both were sent by my dear friend Marie. 

Design: Lara Minja, Lime Design Inc. * © 2015 Canada Post

Red Bay, established by Basque mariners in the 16th century at the north-eastern tip of Canada on the shore of the Strait of Belle Isle is an archaeological site that provides the earliest, most complete and best preserved testimony of the European whaling tradition. Gran Baya, as it was called by those who founded the station in 1530s, was used as a base for coastal hunting, butchering, rendering of whale fat by heading to produce oil and storage. It became a major source of whale oil which was shipped to Europe where it was used for lighting. The site, which was used in the summer months, includes remains of rendering ovens, cooperages, wharves, temporary living quarters and a cemetery, together with underwater remains of vessels and whale bone deposits. The station was used for some 70 years, before the local whale population was depleted. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1412

Design: Lara Minja, Lime Design Inc. * © 2017 Canada Post
This fossil site is located at the south-eastern tip of the island of Newfoundland, in eastern Canada. It consists of a narrow, 17 km-long strip of rugged coastal cliffs. Of deep marine origin, these cliffs date to the Ediacaran Period (580-560 million years ago), representing the oldest known assemblages of large fossils anywhere. These fossils illustrate a watershed in the history of life on earth: the appearance of large, biologically complex organisms, after almost three billion years of micro-dominated evolution. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1497

Crater Lake National Park - USA

The 3 weeks have been very poor when it comes to received mail but in the last days of this week I finally felt again the joy of getting a bunch of cards in my mailbox. 
The 1st of these Crater Lake N. P. was one of the cards that I registed yesterday. 

 atwork & design © 2017 Robert B. Decker
US-4765147. sent Jason.
On the back of the card: Established in 1902, Crater lake inspires awe. Native Americans watched it form 7700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a towering volcano. Scientists marvel at its purity; fed by rain and snow, it's the deepest lake in th United States and perhaps the most pristine on earth. 
Artists, photographers and sightseers stand in wonder at its blue waters and stunning setting. 

 Photo by Craig Tuttle
US-1671354, sent by Nancy.
Crater Lake National Park is a United States National Park located in southern Oregon. Crater Lake National Park is the fifth oldest national park in the United States and the only one in the state of Oregon. The park encompasses the caldera of Crater Lake, a remnant of a destroyed volcano, Mount Mazama, and the surrounding hills and forests.
The lake is 1,943 feet (592 m) deep at its deepest point, which makes it the deepest lake in the United States, the second deepest in North America and the ninth deepest in the world
The caldera rim ranges in elevation from 7,000 to 8,000 feet (2,100 to 2,400 m). 
Crater Lake has no streams flowing into or out of it. All water that enters the lake is eventually lost from evaporation or subsurface seepage. The lake's water commonly has a striking blue hue, and the lake is re-filled entirely from direct precipitation in the form of snow and rain. - in: wikipedia


The ID of this card is german but the card is from USA. Unalaska is the largest city of the Aleutian Islands, a chain of 14 large volcanic islands and 55 smaller ones belonging to both the United States and Russia. The city of Unalaska, covers part of the Unalaska island, in the US state of Alaska.

DE-6369546, sent by Rüdiger.
During World War II the remote Aleutian Islands, home to the Unangax̂ (Aleut) people for over 8,000 years, became a fiercely contested battleground in the Pacific. This thousand-mile-long archipelago saw invasion by Japanese forces, the occupation of two islands; a mass relocation of Unangax̂ civilians; a 15-month air war; and one of the deadliest battles in the Pacific Theater. - in: https://www.nps.gov/aleu/index.htm
A memorial overlooking downtown Unalaska is dedicated to the Unangax who were forcibly evacuated during WWII and the Aleutian villages that were never resettled. - in: http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/06/02/75th-anniversary-of-aleut-evacuation/

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


The Cloud Gate Sculpture, also known as the "bean," is one of the highlights of Millennium Park in Chicago. 

Photo: Jeff Lewis
US-4680108, sent by Donna.
Designed by the artist Anish Kapoor, the Chicago the Bean sculpture is made of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates - giving the appearance of liquid mercury. Up close, the highly reflective nature of the sculpture captures the beautiful skyline of Chicago. The Cloud Gate Sculpture has thus become a tourist hot spot and is the perfect place to take your vacation snapshots. - in: http://www.chicagotraveler.com/cloud-gate-chicago

Jackson Square, New Orleans - USA

These cards are not as old as the previous ones. The 1st card arrived not so long ago, I don't remember who sent it though, sorry, and the 2nd was sent by my penpal Nova. 

Photo by Tommie Reardon
Historic Jackson Square, originally known in the 18th century as "Place d'Armes," and later renamed in honor of the Battle of New Orleans hero Andrew Jackson, is a timeless attraction in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans.
This famous landmark facing the Mississippi River is surrounded by historic buildings, including the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere and Cabildo (Louisiana State Museums), not to mention the Lower and Upper Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States. 
Jackson Square is a favorite site for visitors and locals. The artists, restaurants, museums, merchants and the square itself make Jackson Square one of the French Quarter's most popular destinations.: in: http://www.experienceneworleans.com/jackson-square.html

Facing Jackson Square and flanked by the historic Cabildo on one side and the equally historic Presbytere on the other, St. Louis Cathedral is among the tallest and most imposing structures in the French Quarter. And one of the most recognizable. It has been seen in hundreds of movies, TV shows and other visual presentations and it is a local and international architectural icon.
As the mother church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, St. Louis Cathedral has a long and interesting history. It is the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States, originally built in 1727 and dedicated to King Louis IX of France, “The Crusading King” who was later canonized by the Church. The original St. Louis Cathedral burned during the great fire of 1794 and was rebuilt. The present structure was completed in the 1850s.
In September 1987 the cathedral witnessed the historic visit of Pope John Paul II and the plaza directly in front of the church was renamed in the pope’s honor. Shortly afterward the status of the Cathedral was upgraded to a Basilica. - in: http://www.neworleansonline.com/directory/location.php?locationID=1288

Salt Lake Temple - USA

Two officials with Salt Lake temple, in Salt Lake City, Utah, that I received in 2011!!

US-1125639, sent by Linda.
"The Salt Lake Temple is a worldwide icon of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, popularly known as the Mormon Church. 

US-1196175, sent by Mark "youngini".
The massive granite, six-spire edifice was constructed in a neo-gothic style over the course of an astounding 40-year period between 1853 and 1893; the pioneers who settled the valley sacrificed both time and material goods to the building of the temple, which stands as a testament to their faith and devotion." - in: http://www.utah.com/mormon/salt_lake_temple.htm