Pazzolina has expanded my UNESCO collection with two cards from France:
First is this wonderful panorama of the Chateau d’Amboise, part of the historic Loire Valley cultural heritage site. The chateau was confiscated and rebuilt extensively by the French monarch in the 15th century. It was a favorite residence of the French kings. Catherine de Medici and Henry II raised their children in the castle, and Mary, Queen of Scots was also raised here. Leonardo da Vinci is buried in the chateau’s chapel. It fell out of favor after the 16th century and was briefly a prison before being mostly destroyed during the French Revolution.
The second card shows a gate to the medieval town of Provins, inscribed for its role as the site of Champagne fairs, important for medieval trade. These fairs served as an important market for spices, furs, textiles, and leather.
Pazzolina used an interesting heart-shaped stamp: