Sunday, 26 February 2017

Brunei: Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

On Thursday I got three postcards: one from Brunei, one from France and one from Germany.

The card from Brunei shows the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan. The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is the largest mosque in Brunei and is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Asia Pacific. It is influenced by Islamic and Italian styles and was finished in 1958. Nearly all the material used for the building were imported from abroad. Its main dome is covered in pure gold. The mosque dominates the skyline of Brunei's capital and has become a major tourist attraction.


Stamps:
Definitive (from set of twelve) (issued 09-10-1996)
Definitive (from set of twelve) (issued 23-02-2007)


Thank You very much Matthew!

Germany: History of Regensburg

On Thursday I got three postcards: one from Germany, one from Brunei and one from France.

The card from Germany is the Chronicle card of Regensburg. Regensburg was first mentioned in 179 and in 739 it became a bishop's see. The 12th and the 13th century saw a heyday of trade and culture. In 1245 Regensburg became a Free Imperial City and in 1542 it adopted the Lutheran Reformation. From 1663 to 1806 the city was the permanent seat of the Imperial Diet of the Holy Roman Empire, which became known as the Perpetual Diet of Regensburg. In 1810 the city became a part of Bavaria. Today is Regensburg the fourth largest city of Bavaria and is also the capital of Upper Palatinate. The Old Town of Regensburg contains many buildings of exceptional quality that testify to its history as a trading centre and thus it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006.

The Old Town Hall of Regensburg (lower picture) was the site of the Perpetual Diet of Regensburg. Today it is the seat of Regensburg's mayor and also houses a museum about the Perpetual Diet and the Holy Roman Empire.


Stamp:
Saxon Switzerland (issued 02-06-2016)


Thank You very much Nicy!

France: Côte d'Opale

On Thursday I got three postcards: one from France, one from Germany and one from Brunei.

The card from France shows various views of the Côte d'Opale.


Stamp:
100th birthday of Léo Ferré (issued 12-09-2016)


Thank You very much William!

Friday, 24 February 2017

Norfolk Island: Kingston

On Tuesday I got three postcards: my first card from Norfolk Island, one from New Zealand and one from South Korea.

Norfolk Island is an island in the Pacific Ocean. It is one of Australia's external territories. In 1979 the island was granted limited self-government by Australia, but in 2015 the autonomy was reduced again. 

The card shows the Kingston. Kingston is the capital of Norfolk Island. It was founded in 1788 as second oldest town in Australia and was used as convict settlement until 1855. As one of the Australian Convict Sites is the Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area since 2010 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


The card is prepaid and another stamp was added:
Fish of the Reef (from set of eight) (issued 21-06-2010)


Thank You very much Norma!

South Korea: Korean Cuisine

On Tuesday I got three postcards: one from South Korea, my first card from Norfolk Island and one from New Zealand.

The card from South Korea shows Bajirak Kalguksu, a popular Korean noodle dish. The Korean Cuisine is largely based on rice, vegetables and meats. It evolved over centuries through a complex interaction of the natural environment and different cultural trends.


With great stamps:
Year of the Tiger (issued 01-12-2009)
Year of the Dragon (issued 01-12-2011)
Both stamps glow in the dark.


Thank You very much Jiwon!

New Zealand: Carter Observatory in Wellington

On Tuesday I got three postcards: one from New Zealand, one from South Korea and my first card from Norfolk Island.

The card from New Zealand shows the Carter Observatory in Wellington. The Carter Observatory was built between 1937 and 1941. It was a base for the astronomical research in New Zealand and became the country's National Observatory in 1977. Today it is used by the Wellington Museum Trust to educate the public about the space.


With nice stamps:
Performing Arts (from set of six) (issued 14-01-1998)
Southern Lights (from set of six) (issued 08-02-2017)


Thank You very much Sharon!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Germany: Saint Andrew's Church and the Luther Memorial in Eisleben

On Monday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Saint Andrew's Church and the Luther Memorial in Eisleben. Martin Luther was born in Eisleben in 1483 and also died there in 1546. The Saint Andrew's Church is a late Gothic hall church. In 1546 Martin Luther gave his last four sermons in the church. It seeks for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Luther Memorial was erected in 1883. 

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation a group of Postcrossers organises a series of Meet-ups at important places in Martin Luther's life. The first of four was held last week in Eisleben.


The card was signed during the Meet-up.
Stamp:
Saxon Switzerland (issued 02-06-2016)


Thank You very much Thomas!

Germany: Ruins of Hersfeld Abbey

On Monday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the church ruins of Hersfeld Abbey. Hersfeld Abbey was an important Benedictine imperial abbey founded in the 8th century. In 1523 Martin Luther gave a sermon at the abbey. The abbey church was one of the largest Romasque churches north of the Alps, but was destroyed during the Seven Years' War. Today it is the largest Romanesque church ruin in the World.


Stamp:
Dresden (from set of two) (issued 03-04-2014)


Thank You very much Jennifer!

Germany: Theodor Fontane Memorial in Neuruppin

On Monday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Theodor Fontane Memorial in Neuruppin. Neuruppin is a town in the German State of Brandenburg. After a devastating fire in 1787 the town was rebuilt in the Neoclassical style. It is known as the most Prussian of all Prussian towns. In 1819 the famous German novelist Theodor Fontane was born in Neuruppin and in 1907 the Theodor Fontane Memorial was unveiled.


Unfortunately the stamp got lost.


Thank You very much Jule!

Germany: Lanxess Arena in Cologne

On Monday I got four postcards from Germany.

One of them shows the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. The Lanxess Arena is an indoor arena. It was opened in 1998 and is used for ice hockey, handball, basketball and concerts. It is the largest ice hockey arena outside of North America.


Stamp:
25 years 112 as emergency telephone number in Europe (issued 11-02-2016)


Thank You very much Marcel!