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The World Heritage Committee has recently announced many new additions to the UNESCO list, so there are now more than 1,000 sites. Meanwhile, my collection is growing in leaps and bounds, including with these three new cards from Europe.


First is this detail from the Alhambra in Andalusia, Spain. This card comes from Eva, who runs two great post blogs: Hawwa’s Mail Adventures and the Vache Qui Rit (Laughing Cow cheese) postal project. The Alhambra was built during the Moorish period in Spain, around the 11th century. It was also used by Catholic monarchs after the Reconquista. This card shows the fine detail of the tiles and gypsum carvings that decorate the palace. The Alhambra was listed on the UNESCO list in 1984 and the property was expanded in 1994.


The second card shows the Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary. The building is the largest building in Hungary and the tallest building in Budapest. It is located on the bank of the Danube River.


And finally, this card comes from a Postcrosser in Germany and shows many sites on the European Route of Industrial Heritage, including the Zollverein Coal Mine Complex, a UNESCO site since 2001. The Zollverein mine is located in Essen, Germany. It operated between 1847 and 1986. It was one of the largest coal mines in the world, and has also been described as the most beautiful coal mine in the world. The Zollverein shaft, built in the Bauhaus style, is pictured in the second column from the left, in the middle.

Right now I have 206 UNESCO sites, just over 20% of the total. This is certainly my most ambitious postcard collecting project.