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Bled: Bled Castle

Kaart ontvangen van Iztok

Bled Castle is a medieval castle built on top of a 130 m (427 ft) precipice above Bled in Slovenia, overlooking Lake Bled. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Slovenia.
The castle was first mentioned in a 1004 deed of donation issued by Emperor Henry II in favour of the Bishops of Brixen, which makes it one of the oldest in present-day Slovenia.
The oldest part of the castle is the Romanesque tower. In the Middle Ages more towers were built and the fortifications were improved.
Other buildings were constructed in the Baroque period. The buildings are arranged around two courtyards (clearly seen on the postcard), which are connected with a staircase.
There is a chapel on the upper courtyard, which was built in the 16th century, and renovated around 1700, when it was also painted with illusionist frescoes.
The castle also has a drawbridge over a moat.

Two very nice stamps on this card.
1. A stamp from 2007 depicting a mineral: white Aragonite crystals from Slovenia.
There are two important caves for this mineral (a form of CalciumCarbonate): near Kostanjevica and near Skorno.
2. Gold Medal for Primoz Kozmus  at the Olympic Games in Peking (2008).
Primo┼ż Kozmus (born September 30, 1979 in Novo Mesto) is a Slovenian hammer thrower and the current Olympic and World champion. His gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing (Peking) and the 2009 World Championships in Berlin made him the first ever Slovenian athlete to win both titles.
His personal best throw and Slovenian record is 82.58 metres, achieved in September 2009 in Celje, Slovenia.




Slovenija: Triglav

Kaart ontvangen van Tamara

Triglav (Italianized: Tricorno, German: Terglau) is the highest mountain in Slovenia (2864 m) and the highest peak of the Julian Alps. Its name, meaning "three-headed", describes its shape as seen from the Bohinj area.
In the country they say that you are not a Sbrene untill you have climbed on the Triglav.

This postage stamp depicts the "Serratula lycopifolia", the Slovenian name is "Raznolistna macina". This flower belongs to the botanical family Asteraceae.
The stamp is part of the Flowers of Slovenia-series of definitive stamps featuring 50 flowers/stamps.