Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hadrian's Wall - UK - UNESCO #430

This beautiful card show's the legendary Hadrian's wall, built in 122 AD to establish a frontier between the Roman Empire and the "barbarians" that live on the cold north (some say that the wall in George R. R. Martin's 'Game of Thrones' is inspired in this one). In the two occasions I've visited Edinburgh I planned to do some hiking along this wall, but for some reason it never happened - maybe next time. Thank you very much Adam, my collection just grew to 268 WHS, I'm only 713 away from the glory. This postcard took 6 days to arrive!

UNESCO #430 - Hadrian's Wall (near Crag Lough), England - UK
The ‘Roman Limes’ represents the border line of the Roman Empire at its greatest extent in the 2nd century AD. It stretched over 5,000 km from the Atlantic coast of northern Britain, through Europe to the Black Sea, and from there to the Red Sea and across North Africa to the Atlantic coast. The remains of the Limes today consist of vestiges of built walls, ditches, forts, fortresses, watchtowers and civilian settlements. Certain elements of the line have been excavated, some reconstructed and a few destroyed.


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