Rideau Canal, Ottawa

Rideau Canal, Ottawa

The Rideau Canal connects the city of Ottawa to the city of Kingston. Tha canal was opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States and is still in use today, with most of its original structures intact.  It is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and in 2007 it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to Terry from Swap-Bot for this one. In winter, a section of the canal becomes the largest skating rink, with a length of 7.8 km and the equivalent of 90 Olympic hockey rinks.

Bardejov, Slovakia

Bardejov, Slovakia

 

Bardejov is a small but exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a fortified medieval town, which typifies the urbanisation in this region. Among other remarkable features, it also contains a small Jewish quarter around a fine 18th-century synagogue. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2000.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/973

 

Ancient Thracia, Bulgaria

Ancient Thracia, Bulgaria

Thracia was a former province of the Roman Empire, established in AD 46. The 2 pictures from the top of the card are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the one on the left is the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, protected sincw 1979 and on the right is the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari. Both tombs predate the IV & III centuries BC.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/44

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/359

Peacock Island in Winter

Peacock Island in Winter

 

Peacock Island (Pfaueninsel) is located in the River Havel, in southwest Berlin. In 1793, Frederick William II, King of Prussia acquired the island and built a castle for his mistress. Exotic birds can be found there. Since 1990 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many thanks to Caddi from sendsomething for this card.

 

 

The Novodevichy Convent, Moscow

The Novodevichy Convent

 

The Novodevichy Convent was founded in 1524, and is one of the few convents in the city to remain virtually untouched since the 17th century. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many thanks to Marina (http://mijnkaartjes.blogspot.com/) for sending me this card.