Monday, October 16, 2017

Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims (France)

The outstanding handling of new architectural techniques in the 13th century, and the harmonious marriage of sculptural decoration with architecture, has made Notre-Dame in Reims one of the masterpieces of Gothic art. 
The former abbey still has its beautiful 9th-century nave, in which lie the remains of Archbishop St Rémi (440–533), who instituted the Holy Anointing of the kings of France. 
The former archiepiscopal palace known as the Tau Palace, which played an important role in religious ceremonies, was almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City (United Kingdom)

Six areas in the historic centre and docklands of the maritime mercantile City of Liverpool bear witness to the development of one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries. 
Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire and became the major port for the mass movement of people, e.g. slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America. 
Liverpool was a pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems and port management. 
The listed sites feature a great number of significant commercial, civic and public buildings, including St George’s Plateau.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Ancient City of Ping Yao (China)


Ping Yao is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city, founded in the 14th century. 
Its urban fabric shows the evolution of architectural styles and town planning in Imperial China over five centuries. 
Of special interest are the imposing buildings associated with banking, for which Ping Yao was the major centre for the whole of China in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Landscape of Grand Pré (Canada)


Situated in the southern Minas Basin of Nova Scotia, the Grand Pré marshland and archaeological sites constitute a cultural landscape bearing testimony to the development of agricultural farmland using dykes and the aboiteau wooden sluice system, started by the Acadians in the 17th century and further developed and maintained by the Planters and present-day inhabitants. 
Over 1,300 ha, the cultural landscape encompasses a large expanse of polder farmland and archaeological elements of the towns of Grand Pré and Hortonville, which were built by the Acadians and their successors. 
The landscape is an exceptional example of the adaptation of the first European settlers to the conditions of the North American Atlantic coast. 
The site – marked by one of the most extreme tidal ranges in the world, averaging 11.6 m – is also inscribed as a memorial to Acadian way of life and deportation, which started in 1755, known as the Grand Dérangement.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea (Brazil)

The site consists of an exceptional urban setting encompassing the key natural elements that have shaped and inspired the development of the city: from the highest points of the Tijuca National Park’s mountains down to the sea. 
They also include the Botanical Gardens, established in 1808, Corcovado Mountain with its celebrated statue of Christ, and the hills around Guanabara Bay, including the extensive designed landscapes along Copacabana Bay which have contributed to the outdoor living culture of this spectacular city. 
Rio de Janeiro is also recognized for the artistic inspiration it has provided to musicians, landscapers and urbanists.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Yosemite National Park (United States)

Yosemite National Park lies in the heart of California. 
With its 'hanging' valleys, many waterfalls, cirque lakes, polished domes, moraines and U-shaped valleys, it provides an excellent overview of all kinds of granite relief fashioned by glaciation. 
At 600–4,000 m, a great variety of flora and fauna can also be found here.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville (Spain)

Together these three buildings form a remarkable monumental complex in the heart of Seville. 
The cathedral and the Alcázar – dating from the Reconquest of 1248 to the 16th century and imbued with Moorish influences – are an exceptional testimony to the civilization of the Almohads as well as that of Christian Andalusia. 
The Giralda minaret is the masterpiece of Almohad architecture. 
It stands next to the cathedral with its five naves; the largest Gothic building in Europe, it houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus. 
The ancient Lonja, which became the Archivo de Indias, contains valuable documents from the archives of the colonies in the Americas.

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