Archive for the ‘architecture’ Tag

#1359 Slovakia 20/02/26

Milan has sent this very nice cover from Slovakia, thank you! It is a FDC of 2018, which was posted in Piešťany on February 26 and arrived on February 28, 2020.


#1171 Latvia 15/07/28

Here is another very nice cover from Latvia, which was sent by Andrius, thank you! It was posted in Liepāja on July 28 and arrived on July 30, 2015.

The stamp was issued on July 24, 2015. It commemorates the Rundāle Palace.

Andrius included a nice postcard too.

#971 Germany 15/04/17

Germany 150417Jean Pierre has sent this nice cover from Germany, thank you! It was posted at the philatelic shop at the Berlin Zoological Garden on April 17 and arrived on April 20, 2015.

The stamp on the right depicts a Fachwerkhaus (timber-framed house) in Dinkelsbühl, which was built before 1600. The stamp was issued on December 6, 2012.

#905 Laos 15/02/02

Laos 150202Patrik has sent this nice cover from Laos, thank you! It was posted in Luangprabang (ຫຼວງພຣະບາງ) on February 2 and arrived on February 10, 2015.

The left stamps are part of the set “Antiquity of Laos”, which was issued on January 3, 2009. The middle stamp is part of the “Orchids” stamp set (issued May 22, 2011) and depicts a flower of the Paphiopedilum barbigerum species.

The right stamp is part of the mini-sheet, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the first Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge over the Mekong. The sheet was issued on April 8, 2014.

See also: #861 Laos 14/10/07

#836 India 14/04/26

India 140426This beautiful cover from India was sent by Jinesh, thank you! It was posted at the Bengaluru Int. Airport on April 26 and arrived on May 2, 2014.

Jinesh used a first day cover and stamps, which commemorate the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the presidential residence). The stamps are part of a mini-sheet and were issued on August 5, 2011.

See also: #776 India 13/11/09

#793 New Zealand 14/05/03

NZ 140503On May 12 I received this very nice cover from New Zealand, thank you Gordon! It was posted in Halswell on May 3, 2014.

The left two stamps are part of the set “ANZAC WWII Poster Art”, which was issued on April 2, 2014. The right stamp is part of a mini-sheet that commemorates different architectural styles of New Zealand. The sheet was issued on March 5, 2014.


#676 India 13/06/17

India 130617Jinesh sent me this beautiful cover from India, thank you! It was posted at Bangalore International Airport on June 17, 2013.

The mini-sheet was issued on April 11, 2013. It commemorates the architectural heritage of the Sri Kurmam Temple and the Arasavalli Temple (both near Srikakulam).

See also: #621 India 13/01/12

#648 Italy 13/01/25

Italy 130125Thanks, Ivan, for sending this nice cover from Italy! It was posted in Pordenone on January 25 and arrived on February 4, 2013.

The left stamp was issued on December 10, 2012, and commemorates the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union.

The middle stamp commemorates the abatement of architectural barriers (“Abbattimento delle Barriere Architettoniche”). It was issued on November 9, 2012.

The right stamp (issued on September 23, 2012) has the inscription “Unitá e Valore/ Chirurgia Italiana/ Congresso Chirurghi Italiani/ Roma 23-27 Settembre 2012” (Unity and Worthiness of the Italian Surgery/ Italian Surgical Congress: Rome, 23-27 September 2012).

See also: #161 Russia 09/06/23

#417 Spain 10/01/05

Fernando sent me this nice cover from Santander, Spain, thank you!

The two left definitives were issued on January 2, 2008. The stamps at the right are part of the architecture set, which was issued on September 9, 2009. They depict the Madrid towers Torre Espacio and Torre de Cristal.

#385 Brazil 10/03/31

This nice FDC was sent to me by Ronaldo, thank you! It was posted in Belém on March 31 and arrived in Graz on April 19, 2010.

The FDC and stamp set is entitled “Série Relações Diplomáticas – Brasil e Tailândia – Bromélias, Orquídea e Arquitetura” (Diplomatic Relations Series – Brazil and Thailand – Bromelias, Orchids and Architecture). It was issued on April 17, 2009.

#134 China 09/01/05

china-090105First day cover from China, posted in Tangshan on January 5, 2009.

The left stamp on this beautiful cover is part of the series “Architecture of the Dong Nationality” (issued on June 2, 1997); it depicts the Zengchong Drum Tower. The top third stamp and the bottom stamp are part of this series too; they show two “Wind and Rain Bridges”. The top right stamp commemorates the Year of the Ox; it was issued on January 5, 2009. Finally, the middle stamp of 2001 depicts the fish Acipenser dabryanus.

The FDC commemorates the Ji-Chou Year (Year of the Ox):

Since ancient times, the ox, always found working on farmland, has been regarded as an honest, supportive labor partner of human beings. In the eyes of Chinese people, the ox is a symbol, of hardworking spirit and selfless contribution. Widely-circulated adages like “Aware of the arrival of its late years, the ox drives itself further without being whipped” and “Head-bowed, like a willing ox I serve the children” represent the traditional virtue and diligence of the Chinese people. The ox also symbolizes affluence and ease. It will bring a vigorous, dynamic hope of a new year and herald a bright prospect.
(backcover text of FDC)

Thank you, Wang, for sending me this beautiful FDC!

Spain 08/11/04

spain-081104Cover from Spain, posted in Carballo on November 4, 2008.

The stamps are of the 2008 architecture series. The left stamp depicts the “Auditorio de Tenerife” (auditory of Tenerife), which was built from 1997 to 2003 and has an area of 6471 m². The right stamp depicts the “Torre de Comunicaciones de Montjuïc, Barcelona” (Communications tower of Montjuïc), which was built from 1989 to 1992. It is 130 m high and represents an athlete holding the Olympic flame. Both buildings were designed by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava.

Thank you, José, for this nice cover!

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