Sep 30, 2010

Turkey. Hierapolis-Pamukkale

Date of Inscription: 1988
Criteria: (iii)(iv)(vii)
Property : 1077.0000 ha
Denizli Province
N37 55 26.004 E29 7 23.988
Ref: 485  

 Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (Cotton Palace) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.

With many thanks to my dear Pinar from Turkey  and thanks all postcrossers who signed the card! !

Sep 26, 2010

Ukraine. L'viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre

Solomiya Krushelnytska Opera and Ballet Theatre. Early 20th Cent.

Chapel of the Boim family, 1609-1615
Date of Inscription: 1998
Minor modification inscribed year: 2008
Criteria: (ii)(v)
Property : 120.0000 ha
Buffer zone: 2441.0000 ha
Halychyna, L’viv Oblast'
N49 50 29.868 E24 1 55.128
Ref: 865bis  
The city of L''viv, founded in the late Middle Ages, was a flourishing administrative, religious and commercial centre for several centuries. The medieval urban topography has been preserved virtually intact (in particular, there is evidence of the different ethnic communities who lived there), along with many fine Baroque and later buildings.
You can also chek this nice panoramic map of the historic centre:
With many thanks to Volodymyr and Tanja!

China Danxia

Date of Inscription: 2010
Criteria: (vii)(viii)
Property : ha
Buffer zone: ha
N28 25 19 E106 2 33
Ref: 1335  
China Danxia is the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red terrigenous sedimentary beds influenced by endogenous forces (including uplift) and exogenous forces (including weathering and erosion). The inscribed site comprises six areas found in the sub-tropical zone of south-west China. They are characterized by spectacular red cliffs and a range of erosional landforms, including dramatic natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls. These rugged landscapes have helped to conserve sub-tropical broad-leaved evergreen forests, and host many species of flora and fauna, about 400 of which are considered rare or threatened.

With many thanks to woixia from China!

Estonia. Soomaa (Peatland) National Park

With many thanks to Heidi from Estonia!

Japan. Himeji-jo

Date of Inscription: 1993
Criteria: (i)(iv)
Property : 107.0000 ha
Buffer zone: 143.0000 ha
Hyogo Prefecture
N34 49 60 E134 41 60
Ref: 661  

 Himeji-jo is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture, comprising 83 buildings with highly developed systems of defence and ingenious protection devices dating from the beginning of the Shogun period. It is a masterpiece of construction in wood, combining function with aesthetic appeal, both in its elegant appearance unified by the white plastered earthen walls and in the subtlety of the relationships between the building masses and the multiple roof layers.

With many thanks to Yumi!

Sep 16, 2010

Italy. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta

Wild Horses in Delta del Po Date of Inscription: 1995
Extension: 1999
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)
Property : 46712.0000 ha
Buffer zone: 117649.0000 ha
City and Province of Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna Region
N44 50 16 E11 37 10
Ref: 733bis  

 Ferrara, which grew up around a ford over the River Po, became an intellectual and artistic centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. Here, Piero della Francesca, Jacopo Bellini and Andrea Mantegna decorated the palaces of the House of Este. The humanist concept of the 'ideal city' came to life here in the neighbourhoods built from 1492 onwards by Biagio Rossetti according to the new principles of perspective. The completion of this project marked the birth of modern town planning and influenced its subsequent development.
With many thanks to Katja again!

San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano

Date of Inscription: 2008
Criteria: (iii)
Property : 55.0000 ha
Buffer zone: 167.0000 ha
N43 55 58 E12 27 7
Ref: 1245  
San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano covers 55 ha, including Mount Titano and the historic centre of the city which dates back to the foundation of the republic as a city-state in the 13th century. San Marino is inscribed as a testimony to the continuity of a free republic since the Middle Ages. The inscribed city centre includes fortification towers, walls, gates and bastions, as well as a neo-classical basilica of the 19th century, 14th and 16th century convents, and the Palazzo Publico of the 19th century, as well as the 18th century Titano Theatre. The property represents an historical centre still inhabited and preserving all its institutional functions. Thanks to its position on top of Mount Titano, it was not affected by the urban transformations that have occurred from the advent of the industrial era to today.

With many thanks to Katja from Italy!

Germany. Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier

Porta Nigra
Moselle Bridge
Imperial Baths
Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche)
Igel Column

Date of Inscription: 1986
Criteria: (i)(iii)(iv)(vi)
State of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz)
N49 45 07.0 E6 37 34.8
Ref: 367  
Trier, which stands on the Moselle River, was a Roman colony from the 1st century AD and then a great trading centre beginning in the next century. It became one of the capitals of the Tetrarchy at the end of the 3rd century, when it was known as the ‘second Rome’. The number and quality of the surviving monuments are an outstanding testimony to Roman civilization.

With many thanks to Evgenija from Germany!

Sep 15, 2010

Russia. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye

Date of Inscription: 1994
Criteria: (ii)
Moscow, the South District
N55 39 20 E37 40 26
Ref: 634rev  
The Church of the Ascension was built in 1532 on the imperial estate of Kolomenskoye, near Moscow, to celebrate the birth of the prince who was to become Tsar Ivan IV ('the Terrible'). One of the earliest examples of a traditional wooden tent-roofed church on a stone and brick substructure, it had a great influence on the development of Russian ecclesiastical architecture.

Thanks to Julia from Moscow!

Sep 10, 2010

China. Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang

Date of Inscription: 1987
Extension: 2004
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
Property : 12.9600 ha
Buffer zone: 153.1000 ha
N41 47 39 E123 26 49
Ref: 439bis  

 Seat of supreme power for over five centuries (1416-1911), the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its landscaped gardens and many buildings (whose nearly 10,000 rooms contain furniture and works of art), constitutes a priceless testimony to Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty in Shenyang consists of 114 buildings constructed between 1625–26 and 1783. It contains an important library and testifies to the foundation of the last dynasty that ruled China, before it expanded its power to the centre of the country and moved the capital to Beijing. This palace then became auxiliary to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. This remarkable architectural edifice offers important historical testimony to the history of the Qing Dynasty and to the cultural traditions of the Manchu and other tribes in the north of China.

Thanks to Aeole and Tian!

Sep 4, 2010

Israel. Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba

Date of Inscription: 2005
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
Property : 96.0400 ha
Buffer zone: 604.0100 ha
N32 35 49.992 E35 10 55.992
Ref: 1108  
Tels (prehistoric settlement mounds), are characteristic of the flatter lands of the eastern Mediterranean, particularly Lebanon, Syria, Israel and eastern Turkey. Of more than 200 tels in Israel, Megiddo, Hazor and Beer Sheba are representative of those that contain substantial remains of cities with biblical connections. The three tels also present some of the best examples in the Levant of elaborate Iron Age, underground water-collecting systems, created to serve dense urban communities. Their traces of construction over the millennia reflect the existence of centralized authority, prosperous agricultural activity and the control of important trade routes.

With thanks to Debora again!

Israel. Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee

Date of Inscription: 2008
Criteria: (iii)(vi)
Property : 62.5800 ha
Buffer zone: 254.7000 ha
Haifa and Northern Districts
N32 49 45.828 E34 58 17.936
Ref: 1220rev  

The Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee are inscribed for their profound spiritual meaning and the testimony they bear to the strong tradition of pilgrimage in the Bahá’i faith. The property includes the two most holy places in the Bahá’í religion associated with the founders, the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in Acre and the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, together with their surrounding gardens, associated buildings and monuments. These two shrines are part of a larger complex of buildings, monuments and sites at seven distinct locations in Haifa and Western Galilee that are visited as part of the Bahá’i pilgrimage.

Thanks to Debora from Israel!

Israel. White City of Tel-Aviv -- the Modern Movement

Date of Inscription: 2003
Criteria: (ii)(iv)
Property : 140.4000 ha
Buffer zone: 197.0000 ha
N32 4 0 E34 46 60
Ref: 1096  
Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 and developed as a metropolitan city under the British Mandate in Palestine. The White City was constructed from the early 1930s until the 1950s, based on the urban plan by Sir Patrick Geddes, reflecting modern organic planning principles. The buildings were designed by architects who were trained in Europe where they practised their profession before immigrating. They created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context.

With many thanks to Debora again!

Israel. Bet She'an

With thanks to Debora!

Russia. Central Sikhote-Alin

Date of Inscription: 2001
Criteria: (x)
Property : 1553928.0000 ha
Buffer zone: 65250.0000 ha
Ternejski, Krasnoarmejski, Dalnegorski, and Pozharski Districts, Primorski Region
N45 19 60 E136 10 0
Ref: 766rev  
The Sikhote-Alin mountain range contains one the richest and most unusual temperate forests of the world. In this mixed zone between taiga and subtropics, southern species such as the tiger and Himalayan bear cohabit with northern species such as the brown bear and lynx. The site stretches from the peaks of Sikhote-Alin to the Sea of Japan and is important for the survival of many endangered species such as the Amur tiger.

With many thanks to Aljona from Primorye, Russia!

Israel. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites

Thanks to Debora from Israel!

Czech Republic. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd

Many thanks to Katerina from Czech Republic!