I have received my first postcards from Greece! Milda has not only sent me postcards from a new country, but she has sent me many of Greece’s UNESCO sites as well.
First is the Acropolis in Athens. This card shows the Parthenon, the temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion. The buildings of the Acropolis were constructed in the 5th century BCE, during the Golden Age of Athens. The Parthenon is dedicated to the goddess Athena. I remember visiting the Parthenon many years ago on a trip to Greece. It was hot and dusty and I remember most of all sitting on some rubble and looking at the Caryatid statues on the Erechthion. They are not the original statues,; they have been replaced with replicas so the originals may be preserved in a museum.
Next is this card of the city of Rhodes, on the island of Rhodes in south-eastern Greece. This is another Greek UNESCO site that I have visited. In the background you can see the Grand Master’s Palace, built in the 15th century. Rhodes was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitallers in the medieval period; these knights built the Palace, walls, and many other buildings in Rhodes.
Olympia was the site of the ancient Greek Olympic games, held between the 8th century BCE and 4th century CE. The site encompasses not only the stadium and other athletic sites, but temples dedicated to Zeus and Hera, and a memorial to Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.
Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in ancient Greece. The site was a major center for the worship of the god Apollo, god of music, poetry, oracles, the sun, medicine, light, and knowledge. Delphi was also the site of the Pythian Games, precursor to the modern Olympics.
And last is Meteora, a complex of Eastern Orthodox monasteries built on sandstone cliffs. This particular card shows Rousanoula, or the monastery of St Barbara, which was built in the 16th century. There are six monasteries in the Meteora complex.
A new country means new stamps to share:
Milda and I have already arranged more swaps, and she is so generously sending more Greek UNESCO sites to me! Thanks, Milda!