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Villa d’Este - World Heritage Site - Italy

Villa d’Este

Country: Italy | Type: Cultural | Theme: Garden, Residence, Secular Structure Introduction to Villa d’Este, Tivoli To the east of Rome in the hilltop village of Tivoli, the palace and gardens of the Villa d’Este are one of the most comprehensive examples of  opulent living in the Italain Rennaissance period.  In particular, the gardens of the villa are considered to be the most striking …

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Paris, Banks of the Seine

Country: France | Type: Cultural | Theme: Post Medieval, Urban Landscape Introduction to Paris, Banks of the Seine Paris is a river city, its history and commerce largely affected by the River Seine and what emerged through the centuries on the banks of that river. Indeed, the Seine has played both an economic and defensive role in the city, particularly between the 16th …

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The Loire Valley

Country: France | Type: Cultural | Theme: Cultural Landscape, Human Activity Introduction to The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes France’s Loire Valley, particularly the portion between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes, has been honored for its rich cultural landscape which includes fairytale villages, historic small towns, and breathtaking monuments and other structures, particularly beautiful castles. It’s also home to bustling urban settlements, hunting forests, …

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Palace and Park of Fontainebleau

Country: France | Type: Cultural | Theme: Palace, Secular Structure Introduction to the Palace and Park of Fontainebleau One of the grandest and largest of all the French royal chateaus, the Palace of Fontainebleau and its accompanying park are situated about 55 kilometers (34 miles) from Paris in the north central region of France. The building of this magnificent structure began in the …

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Mont Perdu

Country: France, Spain | Type: Mixed | Theme: Cultural Landscape, Mountain, Natural Landscape  Introduction to Pyrénées – Mont Perdu Rising to 3,352 meters (almost 11,000 feet), Mont-Perdu is a calcareous massif (a compact group of mountains forming an independent portion of a range) that spans the borders of France and Spain, part of the mid-Pyrenees Mountains. One of two natural”UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France, …

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Fortifications of Vauban

Country: France | Type: Cultural | Theme: Fortifications, Secular Structure Introduction to Fortifications of Vauban A collection of 12 groups of fortified buildings and other sites, located along the northern, eastern, and western borders of France, the Fortifications of Vauban are named for the military engineer who designed them. Sebastian Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707) was considered the best designer of fortifications of …

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Vezelay Church and Hill

Country: France | Type: Cultural | Theme: Christian, Religious Structure Introduction to Vezelay Church and Hill The largest Romanesque church in France and nearly the same size as the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, the Vezelay Church – officially Basilique Ste-Madeleine/Basilica Church of St. Mary Magdalene – sits on a hilltop on the highest point of the village of Vezelay in the department of …

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Pont du Gard

Country: France | Type: Cultural | Theme: Ancient Rome, Archaeological Introduction to Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct) Located about 25 km (15 miles) from the city of Nimes, the Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that was built around the year 50 A.D. It served as part of a system that transported water from the Eure spring, located near Uzes, …

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Amiens Cathedral

Country: France | Type: Cultural | Theme: Christian, Religious Structure  Introduction to Amiens Cathedral Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, Amiens Cathedral – along with Chartres and Reims – is one of three 13th Century High Gothic churches in France. The largest cathedral in the country, Amiens was built to house the head of St. John the Baptist, retrieved from Constantinople …

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Jurisdiction of Saint Emilion

Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion

Country: France | Type: Cultural | Theme: Agriculture, Secular Structure  Introduction to Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion Situated in an area devoted entirely to viticulture, the wine-growing Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion in the region of Aquitaine has been lauded for its historic vineyard landscape and its notable monuments and historic villages. Recognized as a fertile region by the early Romans, the grape-growing industry in Saint-Emilion intensified …

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