Saturday, February 24, 2018

Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas (China)


Consisting of eight geographical clusters of protected areas within the boundaries of the Three Parallel Rivers National Park, in the mountainous north-west of Yunnan Province, the 1.7 million hectare site features sections of the upper reaches of three of the great rivers of Asia: the Yangtze (Jinsha), Mekong and Salween run roughly parallel, north to south, through steep gorges which, in places, are 3,000 m deep and are bordered by glaciated peaks more than 6,000 m high. 
The site is an epicentre of Chinese biodiversity. 
It is also one of the richest temperate regions of the world in terms of biodiversity.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Pyrénées - Mont Perdu (Spain)


This outstanding mountain landscape, which spans the contemporary national borders of France and Spain, is centred around the peak of Mount Perdu, a calcareous massif that rises to 3,352 m. 
The site, with a total area of 30,639 ha, includes two of Europe's largest and deepest canyons on the Spanish side and three major cirque walls on the more abrupt northern slopes with France, classic presentations of these geological landforms. 
The site is also a pastoral landscape reflecting an agricultural way of life that was once widespread in the upland regions of Europe but now survives only in this part of the Pyrénées. 
Thus it provides exceptional insights into past European society through its landscape of villages, farms, fields, upland pastures and mountain roads.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Residences of the Royal House of Savoy (Italy)

When Emmanuel-Philibert, Duke of Savoy, moved his capital to Turin in 1562, he began a vast series of building projects (continued by his successors) to demonstrate the power of the ruling house. 
This outstanding complex of buildings, designed and embellished by the leading architects and artists of the time, radiates out into the surrounding countryside from the Royal Palace in the 'Command Area' of Turin to include many country residences and hunting lodges.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (India)


The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai, is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. 
The building, designed by the British architect F. W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay as the ‘Gothic City’ and the major international mercantile port of India. 
The terminal was built over 10 years, starting in 1878, according to a High Victorian Gothic design based on late medieval Italian models. 
Its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. 
It is an outstanding example of the meeting of two cultures, as British architects worked with Indian craftsmen to include Indian architectural tradition and idioms thus forging a new style unique to Bombay.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen (Germany)

The Zollverein industrial complex in Land Nordrhein-Westfalen consists of the complete infrastructure of a historical coal-mining site, with some 20th-century buildings of outstanding architectural merit. 
It constitutes remarkable material evidence of the evolution and decline of an essential industry over the past 150 years.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Plum

The plum is a tree fruit, more specifically a name for certain types of stone fruit of the genus Prunus, which are grown for consumption.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes (France)

The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments (the châteaux), and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself.

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