Archaeological Site of Volubilis

The Mauritanian capital, founded in the 3rd century B.C., became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was graced with many fine buildings. Extensive remains of these survive in the archaeological site, located in a fertile agricultural area. Volubilis was later briefly to become the capital of Idris I, founder of the Idrisid dynasty, who is buried at nearby Moulay Idris.

Since 1997 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Patrik for the postcard.


Central Amazon Conservation Complex

The Central Amazon Conservation Complex makes up the largest protected area in the Amazon Basin (over 6 million hectares) and is one of the planetโ€™s richest regions in terms of biodiversity. It also includes an important sample of varzea ecosystems, igapรณ forests, lakes and channels which take the form of a constantly evolving aquatic mosaic that is home to the largest array of electric fish in the world. The site protects key threatened species, including giant arapaima fish, the Amazonian manatee, the black caiman and two species of river dolphin.

Since 2000 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Paulo for the postcard.

Medina of Marrakesh

Founded in 1070โ€“72 by the Almoravids, Marrakesh remained a political, economic and cultural centre for a long period. Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North Africa to Andalusia. It has several impressive monuments dating from that period: the Koutoubiya Mosque, the Kasbah, the battlements, monumental doors, gardens, etc. Later architectural jewels include the Bandiรข Palace, the Ben Youssefย Madrasa, the Saadian Tombs, several great residences and Place Jamaรข El Fna, a veritable open-air theatre.

Since 1985 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Patrick for the postcard.


Located in the south-west of Iran, in the lower Zagros Mountains, the property encompasses a group of archaeological mounds rising on the eastern side of the Shavur River, as well as Ardeshirโ€™s palace, on the opposite bank of the river. The excavated architectural monuments include administrative, residential and palatial structures. Susa contains several layers of superimposed urban settlements in a continuous succession from the late 5thย millennium BCE until the 13thย century CE. The site bears exceptional testimony to the Elamite, Persian and Parthian cultural traditions, which have largely disappeared.

Since 2015 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Gaspara for the postcard.

Ancient City of Sigiriya

The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477โ€“95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 180m high (the ‘Lion’s Rock’, which dominates the jungle from all sides). A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site.

Since 1982 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Mohomed for the postcard.