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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Lage Vuurtoren Van Ijmuiden, Amsterdam

Lighthouse No.4

From Post-crossing

The Lage vuurtoren van IJmuiden is a round, cast-iron lighthouse in IJmuiden, Netherlands, designed by Quirinus Harder. It was built in 1878 by D.A. Schretlen & Co, a company in Leiden and activated the following year.
In 1909, the top three sections were moved to Vlieland where they serve as a separate lighthouse.

In 1966 the lighthouse was moved slightly. Together with the Hoge vuurtoren van IJmuiden, the 24-meter high lighthouse forms a pair of leading lights marking the IJgeul (the entrance on the North Sea to the North Sea Canal). The lighthouse now has five stories and 88 steps; it is unmanned and not open for visitors. Since 1981 it is a Rijksmonument.

Information Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Vesteralen lighthouse Norway, Germany

Lighthouse No. 3

From Post-crossing

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Tankar Lighthouse Kokkola, Finland

Lighthouse No.2

From Post-crossing

Tankar is a small lighthouse island which has been inhabited since the 16th century. The oldest buildings are a chapel built in 1754 and fisherman’s hut built in 1768. The lighthouse was completed in 1889.

Today Tankar is a popular tourist attraction offering visitors an experience of nature and an insight into what life used to be like in the archipelago.

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Mollosund lighthouse, Sweden.

Lighthouse No.1
built in early 1900 at Orust (west-coast)

From Post-crossing

Ruins of Deir el-Medina. A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Card No. 163

This beautiful Postcard i received from postcrossing :)

Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments

Card No. 162
This beautiful Postcard i received from postcrossing :)
The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg,.The residence originated in 1717, when Catherine I of Russia engaged the German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace for her pleasure. In 1733, Empress Anna commissioned Mikhail Zemtsov and Andrei Kvasov to expand the Catherine Palace. "The palace was then being built, but it was the work of Penelope: what was done today, was destroyed tomorrow. Read more

Tsarskoye Selo , Catherine Palace

The Palace Chapel

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Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments

Card No. 161
This beautiful Postcard i received from postcrossing :)

Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments is the name used by UNESCO when it collectively designated the historic core of the Russian city of St. Petersburg, as well as buildings and ensembles located in the immediate vicinity as a World Heritage Site in 1991.
The site was recognised for its architectural heritage, fusing Baroque, Neoclassical and traditional Russian-Byzantine influences.

Saint Petersburg is often described as the most Western city of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. It is the northernmost city in the world to have a population of over one million. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint Petersburg is also home to The Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. A large number of foreign consulates, international corporations, banks and other businesses are located in Saint Petersburg.

The Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian monarchs. Situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, adjacent to the site of Peter the Great's original Winter Palace, the present and fourth Winter Palace was built and altered almost continuously between the late 1730s and 1837, when it was severely damaged by fire and immediately rebuilt. The storming of the palace in 1917 as depicted in Soviet paintings and Eisenstein's 1927 film October became an iconic symbol of the Russian Revolution.
The palace was constructed on a monumental scale that was intended to reflect the might and power of Imperial Russia. From the palace, the Tsar ruled over 22,400,000 square kilometres (8,600,000 sq mi) (almost 1/6 of the Earth's landmass) and over 125 million subjects by the end of the 19th century. It was designed by many architects, most notably Bartolomeo Rastrelli, in what came to be known as the Elizabethan Baroque style. The green-and-white palace has the shape of an elongated rectangle, and its principal fa├žade is 250 m long and 100 ft (30 m) high. The Winter Palace has been calculated to contain 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows, 1,500 rooms and 117 staircases. The rebuilding of 1837 left the exterior unchanged, but large parts of the interior were redesigned in a variety of tastes and styles, leading the palace to be described as a "19th-century palace inspired by a model in Rococo style." Read More

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Historic Centre of Riga, Latvia

Card No. 160

Another,Riga. Postcard i received from postcrossing :)


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