Thursday, 24 July 2014

Deutscher Bundestag

The German Parliament or Deutscher Bundestag has been in Berlin since 1999.  This card, slightly the worse for wear, showing part of the building intrigued me because it looks so modern.  When I found some other images of the Reichstag it looked very traditional but apparently it was almost completely gutted when being reconstructed for the opening of the Bundestag.  I can't imagine the Palace of Westminster looking modern anywhere.

I find myself wanting to go to visit Berlin and to see the Reichstag with its amazing glass dome, but I've never visited Westminster so maybe I should do that first.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

White Monuments

In 1992, UNESCO added the White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal to the list of Russian World Heritage Sites.  The group consists of eight different stone built medieval buildings.

The card at the top shows the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl.  It was built in 1165 and has had very little changed over the years.  In winter the river rises and floods which makes it look as though the church is floating on the water.

The second card shows the Cathedrals of the Assumption (or Dormition) and St Demetrius.  These too were built in the 12th century.  The Dormition Cathedral is on the left in this picture.

The city of Vladimir is in the background.  The city is considered to have been founded in 1108 although the area has been inhabited for 25,000 years.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Protest postcard

Published by Leeds Postcards for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, this card shows the positions of nuclear bunkers from the 1980s, during the Cold War.

Leeds Postcards, founded in 1979, publishes political and activist postcards and is still going strong.

A Map for Monday.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Renoir in Guernsey

In 1883 Renoir visited Guernsey in the Channel Islands and in 1993 the Post Office issued a set of stamps to commemorate the centenary of his month-long stay.  These are just two of the set of five.

This is a (late) post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian. To see some more stamps on Sunday, click on the button below and visit Viridian's blog.

Thursday, 17 July 2014


Today has been the turn of Avebury.  It is a small village in the county of Wiltshire which has grown up partly inside what was once the largest of megalithic structures, rivalling the more well known Stonehenge.

I enjoyed my day there even more than my visit to Stonehenge.  The village itself is very attractive and I felt a continuity with the past was emphasised by the presence of the more "modern" buildings and the sheep grazing around the stones.

Avebury is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site though it is mentioned alongside Stonehenge which rather steals the limelight.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Roskilde Cathedral

Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it was the first Gothic cathedral to have been built with brick, and as a result the style spread to the rest of northern Europe.It dates from the 12th century thought there was an earlier wooden church in the 10th century.  Very early in the 11th century a stone (travertine) cathedral was built to replace the church.

During the next century the brick cathedral was built around the travertine building.  This allowed services to continue during construction.  When this was far enough advanced to allow services in the new building, the original cathedral was dismantled.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


I visited Stonehenge today for the first time ever.  When my sons were at primary school I had to drive past the stones regularly.  I always thought I must go and see them but never did get around to it until now.

Stonehenge, Avebury and associated sites are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.  Stonehenge is only part of that, the part that everyone seems to know.  Avebury is entirely separate and almost an hour's drive away but also in Wiltshire, towards the west of England.
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