Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Blue and John Crow Mountains - Jamaica

The site encompasses a rugged and extensively forested mountainous region in the south-east of Jamaica, which provided refuge first for the indigenous Tainos fleeing slavery and then for Maroons (former enslaved peoples). 
They resisted the European colonial system in this isolated region by establishing a network of trails, hiding places and settlements, which form the Nanny Town Heritage Route. 
The forests offered the Maroons everything they needed for their survival. 
They developed strong spiritual connections with the mountains, still manifest through the intangible cultural legacy of, for example, religious rites, traditional medicine and dances. 
The site is also a biodiversity hotspot for the Caribbean Islands with a high proportion of endemic plant species, especially lichens, mosses and certain flowering plants.








Tiền Giang

Tiền Giang is a province of Vietnam. 
Tiền Giang has 1,605,147 inhabitants on an area of ​​2,339 km².








Sunday, June 23, 2024

Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) - Jordan

Situated on the eastern bank of the River Jordan, nine kilometres north of the Dead Sea, the archaeological site consists of two distinct areas: Tell Al-Kharrar, also known as Jabal Mar-Elias (Elijah’s Hill) and the area of the churches of Saint John the Baptist near the river. 
Situated in a pristine natural environment the site is believed to be the location where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist. 
It features Roman and Byzantine remains including churches and chapels, a monastery, caves that have been used by hermits and pools in which baptisms were celebrated, testifying to the religious character of the place. 
The site is a Christian place of pilgrimage.








Tuk tuk

A tuk tuk is a common means of public transport in Asian countries, especially in Thailand and also in African countries. 
It is a motorized rickshaw that can carry a number of passengers.








Saturday, June 22, 2024

Baekje Historic Areas - Korea

Located in the mountainous mid-western region of the Republic of Korea, this property comprises eight archaeological sites dating from 475 to 660 CE, including the Gongsanseong fortress and royal tombs at Songsan-ri related to the capital, Ungjin (present day Gongju), the Busosanseong Fortress and Gwanbuk-ri administrative buildings, the Jeongnimsa Temple, the royal tombs in Neungsan-ri and the Naseong city wall related to the capital, Sabi (now Buyeo), the royal palace at Wanggung-ri and the Mireuksa Temple in Iksan related to the secondary Sabi capital. 
Together, these sites represent the later period of the Baekje Kingdom – one of the three earliest kingdoms on the Korean peninsula (18 BCE to 660 CE) - during which time they were at the crossroads of considerable technological, religious (Buddhist), cultural and artistic exchanges between the ancient East Asian kingdoms in Korea, China and Japan.








Vermont

Vermont is one of the fifty states of the United States of America, located in New England in the northeast. It is the sixth smallest state by area and, with 625,000 inhabitants, the second smallest by population.








Sunday, June 16, 2024

Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale - Italy

Located on the northern coast of Sicily, Arab-Norman Palermo includes a series of nine civil and religious structures dating from the era of the Norman kingdom of Sicily (1130-1194): two palaces, three churches, a cathedral, a bridge, as well as the cathedrals of Cefalú and Monreale. 
Collectively, they are an example of a social-cultural syncretism between Western, Islamic and Byzantine cultures on the island which gave rise to new concepts of space, structure and decoration. 
They also bear testimony to the fruitful coexistence of people of different origins and religions (Muslim, Byzantine, Latin, Jewish, Lombard and French).