Monday, 25 August 2014

Mappa Mundi


I was in Dover Castle (Kent, UK) on Saturday and spotted an old map on the wall so I was pleased to find a postcard of the map in the Castle shop.  The map on the wall is a replica but I haven't been able to find out of what.  On the back of the card it says it is "the Mappa Mundi" but there are several of them.  According to Wikipedia, any map of the world made during the Middle Ages is a Mappa Mundi.

It shows Europe to the left, Africa to the right and Asia at the top.

A Mappa Mundi for Monday.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Solovetsky Islands




This card of Solovetsky Monastery arrived recently with part of a mini-sheet of stamps showing points of interest on the Solovetsky Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The islands are in the White Sea to the north west of Russia.

The full sheet which is made to look as though the stamps were printed on a parchment map, can be seen here.  I can remember making maps of that sort when I was at school, maybe a history lesson or to illustrate Treasure Island.

There was another stamp too, this one showing Petropavlovskiy Sobor, the Peter and Paul Cathedral  in St Petersburg:


This is a post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian. Click on the button to visit her blog.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Moldovița Monastery


I have been having a major reorganisation of my cards recently, trying to anyway, and I came across this beautiful picture of the Church of the Annunciation of Moldovita Monastery in Romania.  It is one of the eight painted churches grouped together and listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.  These were all built during the 15th and 16th centuries and all have amazing frescoes on the outside walls.

The others are:
Church of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Church of the Assumption of the Virgin of the former Humor Monastery
Church of the Holy Rood of Pătrăuti
Church of St. Nicholas and the Catholicon of the Probota Monastery
Saint John the New Monastery of Suceava
Church of St George of the former Voronet Monastery
Church of the Resurrection Sucevita Monastery

Monday, 18 August 2014

The Blue Danube


Second only to taking a river trip from Moscow to St Petersburg would be a trip along the Danube.  I don't think it will be any easier to realise.

A Map (from Hungary) for Monday (rather late)

Friday, 15 August 2014

The Artist's Family

The Artist's Family by Henri Matisse 1911

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French artist but this card was sent to me from Russia because this painting, The Artist's Family, is in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.  I really like the domestic image of the family relaxing together.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to visit and join in.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

La Sagrada Familia


I don't appear to have posted a card showing the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona before, which is surprising.  It must be one of the best known churches in Spain.

I think this is one of the most striking views I've seen, showing the fantastic spires which still aren't completely finished. There will be 18 of them when finished (2026).  However it is the Crypt and Nativity Facade of the church that are particularly mentioned as part of the seven works of Antoni Gaudi  mentioned on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Monday, 11 August 2014

The Vallard Atlas


The Vallard Atlas is an example of the Dieppe School of map making, meaning that it's based on compass directions.  There are six compass roses shown on this reproduction of part of the atlas, sent to me from Russia.

The image above is easily recognisable as Europe but all the place names and illustrations are the other way up.  The illustrations are typical of the atlas and show scenes of daily life.


A map for Monday
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