City of Luxembourg – Old Quarters and Fortifications -UNESCO World Heritage Site
Because of its strategic Postion -Luxembourg was one of Europe’s greatest fortified sites from 16th Century to 1867. It was repeatedly reinforced as it passed from one European power to another- The Holy Roman Emperors , The Burgundy ,The Habsburgs , the French and Spanish Kings and finally the Prussians .The Fortifications were a fine example of Military architecture spanning several centuries.It was listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Luxembourg issued a miniature sheet containing two stamps on 08 May 2014 to commemorate 20th anniversary of UNESCO World Heritage site. The two stamps feature Old City and Fortifications and Modern city and historic Fortifications. FDC with MS is shown below.
Portugal Issued a set of Six stamps on Palaces of Portugal on 03 Oct 2012. The Palaces are
Ajuda – It a neoclassical monument in the Civil Parish of Ajuda in City Of Lisbon Built in 1755 after earthquake and Tsunami for the Royal family. In 1992 assigned to Portuguese Institute of Architectural Heritage.
Pena – The Pena Palace is a Romanticist Castle in Sao Pedro de Pennaferrim in the municipality of Sintra.The castle stands on top of a hill in Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra.It is a national monument and one of the expressions of 18th century romanticism in the World.It is UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.
Mafra -It is a monumental Baroque and Italianized Neoclassical Palace Monastery located in town of Mafra 28 kilometres from Lisbon. Construction began in 1715 and completed in 1755.It was classified as National Monument in 1910 and one of the finalists for Seven Wonders of Portugal. Associated with School of Sculpture.
Sintra- Also known as Town Palace ,located in Town of Sintra,Lisbon District.Now a historic house Museum. It is a blend of Gothic,Manueline,Moorish & Mudejar styles of architecture. The original built in 10th Century but one that today is of 14th Century Palace.
Monserrate- It is a Palatial Villa located near Sintra . In 1978 the Park and Palace were categorised as Buildings of National Interest.
Queluz -18th Century Palace located at Queluz in Sintra. It is last of Rococo buildings designed in Europe.It now a tourist place.One of the wings of Palace is used as Guest house for visiting Heads of States.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications -Stamps of Portugal 2014
Guarding the key border crossing between Portugal’s capital Lisbon and Spain’s capital Madrid in an undulating riverine landscape the Garrison town of Elvas was fortified extensively between 17th to 19th centuries to become the largest bulwarked dry ditch system in the world, with the outlying forts built on surrounding hills to accommodate the changing needs of defensive warfare. The site contains the 7km long Amoreira duct.
The property includes seven components
The Historic Centre ,Amoreira aqueduct , The Fort of Santa Luzia , Covered way linking it to historic centre, The Fort of Graca, and the Fortlets of Sao Mamede , Sao Pedro and Sao Domingos.
It was declared UNESCO Heritage site in 2012.
Portugal issued a set of four stamps on 30 Jun 2014. The stamps feature