Vilnius

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Thanks to Laima from Leeds, who sent me this postcard from her home town Vilnius in Lithuania. It shows the Gediminas’ Tower which is part of the Upper Castle where you can have a wonderful view over the old town of Vilnius. The Old Town of Vilnius is one of the best preserved medieval old towns in Northern Europe.  It is a place where some of Europe’s greatest architectural styles – gothicrenaissancebaroque and neoclassical – stand side by side and complement each other. Therefore, it became an UNESCO world heritage site in 1994. Well worth a visit from what I could look up on the internet and certainly on my bucket list to visit.

If you have been to Vilnius, what other places will be of interest?

Brasilia

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The above postcard shows the Cathedral of Brasilia, also know as “Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady Aparecida”. This Roman Catholic cathedral was built by Oscar Niemeyer in 1970. The concrete columns give it a very futuristic look and before reading about it, I would have never guessed that this was a house of god.

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This postcard shows the National Congress of Brazil which houses the  Federal Senate (the upper house) and the Chamber of Deputies (the lower house). The Senate represents the 26 states and the Federal District.

 

Both cards were sent by Jamilia on a private postcard swap. Many thanks! This is the first capital in South America that I am covering in my blog and I feel that project is now really starting to progress as I am receiving a lot of cards recently.

I have been to some cities in Brazil, such as Rio and Fortaleza, when I was working on a cruise ship, but never managed to see Brasilia as it is situated in the Brazilian Highlands in the west of the country. The city was founded on 21st April 1960, to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location. It was planned and developed by some famous architects of the time,  Lúcio Cost , Oscar Niemeyer and  Roberto Burle Marx. Due to the modernistic architecture, Brasilia was chosen to be an UNESCO world heritage site in 1987.

Budapest

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This is a beautiful view of the Hungarian Parliament building standing directly on the banks of the Danube. It is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary and the largest building in the country. Did you know that the banks of the Danube are a UNESCO world heritage site?

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This gorgeously artistic postcard was sent to me by one my friends in Budapest and shows the St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest. It is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary and is a really impressive building.

I had the luck to travel several times to Hungary and was visiting Budapest once. I can only recommend to everybody to visit Hungary and meet these lovely and welcoming people. Hungary and Budapest have a long history and there is a lot to explore. Did you actually know that Budapest was only formed in 1873 when the cities Buda, Pest and Obuda were unified?

Have you been to Hungary? What was your favourite memory?