vintage and contemporary postcards and stamps from around the world

29 February 2024

built to last

from Slovakia, St Elizabeth Cathedral, the largest church in Slovakia.  Originally built in the 11th C, it was consecrated to St Elizabeth of Hungary around 1240.  As might be expected for a building so old, and so important, it has undergone numerous reconstruction phases which wikipedia outlines here

from Thailand, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, the Temple of Long Reign and Glorious Era,  It was constructed in 1630 by the king Prasat Thong.  The central 35 metre prang (spire) symbolizes the mountain Meru believed to be the core of the universe.

from Norway, an old wooden church known as a stave church.  Fewer than 30 of these medieval churches survive, and all are in Norway.


Mail Adventures said...

Three amazing churches that I'm sure are worth visiting! It seems like a miracle that those wooden churches have survived through so many centuries.

My buildings are here.

Joy said...

I love stave churches a treasure survived.
My temples and churches are here

Lisa said...

I have some photos of stave churches from a trip to Norway many decades ago, but alas, they not photos, not post cards!

Here are mine.

marina said...

yes, the stave church is amazing!