Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland - Sweden

The southern part of the island of Öland in the Baltic Sea is dominated by a vast limestone plateau. 
Human beings have lived here for some five thousand years and adapted their way of life to the physical constraints of the island. 
As a consequence, the landscape is unique, with abundant evidence of continuous human settlement from prehistoric times to the present day. 

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Terengganu

Terengganu is one of the thirteen states of Malaysia. 
The state is located on mainland Malaysia and on the east coast. 
The provincial capital is Kuala Terengganu. 

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Wooden Churches of Maramureş - Romania

These eight churches are outstanding examples of a range of architectural solutions from different periods and areas. 
They show the variety of designs and craftsmanship adopted in these narrow, high, timber constructions with their characteristic tall, slim clock towers at the western end of the building, either single- or double-roofed and covered by shingles. 
As such, they are a particular vernacular expression of the cultural landscape of this mountainous area of northern Romania. 

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Okinawa

Okinawa Prefecture is Japan's southernmost prefecture. 
It consists of several hundred islands that stretch for a distance of 1200 km between Kyushu and Taiwan. Okinawa has an area of 2275.71 km². 

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Western Caucasus - Russia

The Western Caucasus, extending over 275,000 ha of the extreme western end of the Caucasus mountains and located 50 km north-east of the Black Sea, is one of the few large mountain areas of Europe that has not experienced significant human impact. 
Its subalpine and alpine pastures have only been grazed by wild animals, and its extensive tracts of undisturbed mountain forests, extending from the lowlands to the subalpine zone, are unique in Europe. The site has a great diversity of ecosystems, with important endemic plants and wildlife, and is the place of origin and reintroduction of the mountain subspecies of the European bison. 

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Venice

Venice is a region in Italy. 
Clockwise, the region borders: Austria, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the Gulf of Venice, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Trentino-South Tyrol. 
The capital of Veneto is Venice. 
The region stretches from the Carnic Alps in the north to the Po River in the south. 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Wartburg Castle - Germany

Wartburg Castle blends superbly into its forest surroundings and is in many ways 'the ideal castle'. 
Although it has retained some original sections from the feudal period, the form it acquired during the 19th-century reconstitution gives a good idea of what this fortress might have been at the height of its military and seigneurial power. 
It was during his exile at Wartburg Castle that Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German. 

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