Malaysia - Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca have developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca. The influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible. With its government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications, Melaka demonstrates the early stages of this history originating in the 15th-century Malay sultanate and the Portuguese and Dutch periods beginning in the early 16th century. Featuring residential and commercial buildings, George Town represents the British era from the end of the 18th century. The two towns constitute a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia.

Date of Inscription: 2008

Postcard 1: rec. 07 Oct 2011 via private swap from another big UNESCO Collector SLLiew

Postcard 2: RAS from nisnoopy3

Postcard 3: Jonker Street -- Europa-Asia RR # 62 - received from ShianChin

Postcard 4: The cool and peaceful surroundings in the old street of Melaka. --- Japan x other Countries RR #004 - received from nisnoopy3

Postcard 5: Stadhuys. Built in 1650 as the official residence uf Durch Governors and their officers, Stadguys now houses the Historical Museum and Ethnography Museum, displaying fine bridal costumes and relics from Malacca glorious past.

Japan x Other Countries RR #002 - received from nisnoopy3

Postcard 6: 19:10hrs Georgetown, Penang - official Postcrossing card

Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

Italy - Historic Centre of San Gimignano

'San Gimignano delle belle Torri' is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. It served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 50 m) as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The town also has several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian art.

Date of Inscription: 1990

Postcard 1: rec in january 2012 from Protea (January RR)


Italy - The Dolomites

The site of the Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 metres and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. A serial property of nine areas that present a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, the site also contains glacial landforms and karst systems. It is characterized by dynamic processes with frequent landslides, floods and avalanches. The property also features one of the best examples of the preservation of Mesozoic carbonate platform systems, with fossil records.

Date of Inscriptions: 2009

Visited in 2012


The Dolomites
JanRR - sandramr

Australia - Sydney Opera House

Inaugurated in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century that brings together multiple strands of creativity and innovation in both architectural form and structural design. A great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour, the building has had an enduring influence on architecture. The Sydney Opera House comprises three groups of interlocking vaulted ‘shells’ which roof two main performance halls and a restaurant. These shell-structures are set upon a vast platform and are surrounded by terrace areas that function as pedestrian concourses. In 1957, when the project of the Sydney Opera House was awarded by an international jury to Danish architect Jørn Utzon, it marked a radically new approach to construction.

Year of Inscription: 2007
further Informations: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/166

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House
MoonRR - 14 - chusture

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Italy - Venice and its Lagoon

Founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others.
Date of Inscription: 1987

Postcard 1: rec 07 Oct 2011 - October RR from edo - Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore 


Germany - Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System

Would love to receive a Card with the Upper Harz mining water management systems!

The Upper Harz mining water management system, which lies south of the Rammelsberg mines and the town of Goslar, has been developed over a period of some 800 years to assist in the process of extracting ore for the production of non-ferrous metals. Its construction was first undertaken in the Middle Ages by Cistercian monks, and it was then developed on a vast scale from the end of the 16th century until the 19th century. It is made up of an extremely complex but perfectly coherent system of artificial ponds, small channels, tunnels and underground drains. It enabled the development of water power for use in mining and metallurgical processes. It is a major site for mining innovation in the western world.

Date of Inscription: 1992
Extension: 2010
Minor modification inscribed year: 2008

Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System

Postcard 1: Historic Town of Goslar - Lotterie des Monats März 07 - from Igel

Postcard 2: BIG UNesco RR #6 - anjaaustel - Meeting Card from International Meet-Up Bielefeld 12/2010


Postcard 3: Bergwerk Rammelsberg - unwritten

Postcard 4: Hotel Brusttuch, built in 1526

Postcard 5: Siemens Family House

Postcard 6: Oberharzer Wasserregal rec from anke in January 2012

Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System

USA - Independence Hall

The Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution of the United States (1787) were both signed in this building in Philadelphia. The universal principles of freedom and democracy set forth in these documents are of fundamental importance to American history and have also had a profound impact on law-makers around the world.

Date of Inscription: 1979

SeptemberRR - 27 - Meena7

Independence Hall
via swap-bot.com received from Lisa

Independence Hall
via swap-bot.com received from Lisa

Independence Hall
BIG Unesco RR - traveling envelope - 45

USA - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Stretching over more than 200,000 ha, this exceptionally beautiful park is home to more than 3,500 plant species, including almost as many trees (130 natural species) as in all of Europe. Many endangered animal species are also found there, including what is probably the greatest variety of salamanders in the world. Since the park is relatively untouched, it gives an idea of temperate flora before the influence of humankind.

Date of Inscription: 1983

Postcard 1: received from christina in january 2012

Postcard 2: official Postcrossing.com card

Panoramic RR #5 from purrfect23 received Feb 2011

Panoramic RR #5 from purrfect23 received Mar 2011

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
UnescoRR - 46 - meand3boys
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
UnescoWHCswap - 16 - judee0624

France - Historic Site of Lyons

The long history of Lyons, which was founded by the Romans in the 1st century B.C. as the capital of the Three Gauls and has continued to play a major role in Europe's political, cultural and economic development ever since, is vividly illustrated by its urban fabric and the many fine historic buildings from all periods.

Date of Inscription:

Postcard 1: received from Jean-Michel

Australia - Shark Bay, Western Australia

At the most westerly point of the Australian continent, Shark Bay, with its islands and the land surrounding it, has three exceptional natural features: its vast sea-grass beds, which are the largest (4,800 km2) and richest in the world; its dugong (‘sea cow’) population; and its stromatolites (colonies of algae which form hard, dome-shaped deposits and are among the oldest forms of life on earth). Shark Bay is also home to five species of endangered mammals.

Year of Inscription: 1991
further Informations: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/578

Shark Bay, Western Australia

Shark Bay, Western Australia

Shark Bay, Western Australia

Shark Bay, Western Australia

Croatia - Old City of Dubrovnik

The 'Pearl of the Adriatic', situated on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration programme co-ordinated by UNESCO.

  • Date of Inscription: 1979
  • Extension: 1994

Old City of Dubrovnik

Old City of Dubrovnik

Old City of Dubrovnik

Portugal - Monastery of Batalha

The Monastery of the Dominicans of Batalha was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. It was to be the Portuguese monarchy's main building project for the next two centuries. Here a highly original, national Gothic style evolved, profoundly influenced by Manueline art, as demonstrated by its masterpiece, the Royal Cloister.

Date of Inscription: 1983

Postcard 1: unwritten from unesco RR bine

Postcard 2: swap-bot.com, Unesco swap received from hbranco2033 in january 2012

Monastery of Batalha

West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou - China

The West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides, has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. It comprises numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands. These additions have been made to improve the landscape west of the city of Hangzhou to the south of the Yangtze river. The West Lake has influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries and bears an exceptional testimony to the cultural tradition of improving landscapes to create a series of vistas reflecting an idealised fusion between humans and nature.

Date of Inscription: 2011

Postcard 1: received from SeptemberRR - 20 - Duhnizlong

Postcard 2: private swap with twentyajax, received november 2011

Postcard 3: Unesco Tag - mottstreet, January 2012
West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou