14 December 2017

#1463 Oman

The national flag of Oman (Arabicعلم عُمان‎) consists of three stripes (white, green and red) with a red bar on the left that contains the national emblem of Oman (Dagger and two swords).

Until 1975, Oman used the plain red banner of the indigenous people. In 1970, the Sultan introduced a complete new set of national flags. Bands of green and white were added to the fly, and the national emblem, the badge of the Albusaidi Dynasty, was placed in the canton. This depicts crossed swords over a khanjar, a traditional curved dagger. White has been associated historically with the Imam, the religious leader of Oman, and at times the political rival to the ruling Sultan. It also symbolizes peace. Green is traditionally associated with the Jabal al-Akdar, or "Green Mountains," which lie toward the north of the country. Red is a common color in Gulf state flags. The national emblem is said to date back to the 18th century. A curved dagger is fastened over a pair of crossed swords. An ornate horsebit links the weapons.

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Sent on: November 13, 2017
Received on: December 13, 2017

#1462 Kazakhstan

Tamgaly is a petroglyph site in the Zhetysu of Kazakhstan. Tamgaly became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Tamgaly is located 170 km (by road) northwest of Almaty.

The majority of the 5000 petroglyphs are in the main canyon, but there are a number in the many side canyons. The petrogylphs are mostly Bronze Age, but in some cases have been overlaid with Medieval or later etchings. There are some petrogylphs from the Iron Age.

The name Tamgaly in Kazakh and other Turkic languages means "painted or marked place".

Date of Inscription on the List of UNESCO WHS: 2004

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Sent on: November 24, 2017
Received on: December 13, 2017

#1461 Ukraine

For more info, see received card #369.

Property No #865

Date of Inscription on the List of UNESCO WHS: 1998

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Received on: December 13, 2017

#1460 Romania

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Received on: December 11, 2017

09 December 2017

#1459 Germany

For more info, see received card #515.

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Sent on: November 30, 2017
Received on: December 4, 2017

#1458 French Polynesia

The flag of French Polynesia is the state flag of the French overseas collectivity French Polynesia. It was adopted in 1984. Two red horizontal bands encase a wide white band in a 1:2:1 ratio; centered on the white band is a disk with a blue and white wave pattern depicting the sea on the lower half and a gold and white ray pattern depicting the sun on the upper half; a Polynesian canoe rides on the wave pattern; the canoe has a crew of five represented by five stars that symbolize the five island groups; red and white are traditional Polynesian colors.

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Sent on: November 21, 2017
Received on: December 1, 2017

#1457 Estonia - Russia - Finland - Italy - Serbia - Germany

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Received on: December 1, 2017