Pont du Gard - World Heritage Site

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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Distant view of Amiens Cathedral, France

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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historic centre of avignon- a distant view of the papal palace

Historic Centre of Avignon

Country: France | Type: Cultural | Theme: Medieval, Urban Landscape Introduction to the Historic Centre of Avignon Situated in the southeastern region of France, Avignon is bordered by the Rhone River and is home to about 95,000 inhabitants. Often called the “City of Popes” because it was home to the papacy for nearly 70 years, Avignon is known not only for its well-preserved …

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World Heritage Sites in Russia - Lena Pillars Nature Park

Lena Pillars Nature Park

Country: Russia | Type: Natural | Theme: Geology Introduction to Lena Pillars Nature Park About 140-200 kms southwest of the city of Yakutsk stand hundreds of prominent prehistoric rock columns called the Lena Pillars. These magnificent limestone outcrops, which are part of the Lena Pillars (Lenskie Stolby) Nature Park, tower over 150-300 meters high and occupy about an 80-kilometre stretch along the right …

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Distant view of the fortified city of Carcassonne

Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

Country: France | Type: Cultural | Theme: Medieval, Urban Landscape Introduction to the Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne Located in the south central portion of France, the Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne is the hilltop portion of the city of Carcassonne (there’s also a lower city), lauded not only as an exceptional example of a medieval fortified town but also for the restoration …

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Saint Quiriace Collegiate Church - Provins, Town of Medeival Fairs

Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs

Country: France | Type: Cultural | Theme: Medieval, Urban Landscape Introduction to Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs Situated in the Ile-de-France region in the north central part of the country, Provins is one of 125 communes in the Seine-et-Marne department of France. It is the seat of the arrondissement though it is not the largest city in the area, measuring 14.72 square kilometers …

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Colosseum - Historic Centre of Rome

The Historic Centre of Rome

Country: Italy | Type: Cultural | Theme: Urban Landscape Introduction to The Historic Centre of Rome According to legend, the city of Rome was founded in 753 BC by Remus and Romulus, two shepherd brothers.  In truth, the city grew from a small Latin village into the centre of the Roman Republic.  It quickly became the seat of the Roman Empire, and …

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sintra national palace

Cultural Landscape of Sintra

Country: Portugal | Type: Cultural | Theme: Cultural Landscape, Human Activity  Introduction to the Cultural Landscape of Sintra Sintra is a picturesque town which isn’t far from Lisbon and, as such, is a popular day-trip from the city. One of its most spectacular sights is Quinta da Regaleira, a sprawling mansion estate which contains a gothic palace, chapel and fountains within four hectares of …

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Voroneț Monastery - churches of moldavia

Churches of Moldavia

Country: Romania | Type: Cultural | Theme: Christian, Religious Structure Introduction to the Churches of Moldavia The Churches of Moldavia are a site featuring eight Romanian Orthodox churches in northern Moldavia dating from the 15th and 16th Centuries. These churches are: Key Facts Inscribed:1993Nearest City:SuceavaProvince:MoldaviaCoordinates: Lat: 47.7783, Long: 25.7127Accessibility:ModerateServices:Basic Highlights