Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Old Walled City of Shibam - Yemen

Surrounded by a fortified wall, the 16th-century city of Shibam is one of the oldest and best examples of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction. 
Its impressive tower-like structures rise out of the cliff and have given the city the nickname of ‘the Manhattan of the desert’. 

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Assiut - Egypt

Assiut is a city located in the eponymous governorate of Assiut, in Egypt. 
The city is located about 375 kilometers south of Cairo and was called 'Sawty' in Ancient Egypt. 
It was the capital of the 13th nome of Upper Egypt. 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Old Havana and its Fortification System - Cuba

Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. 
By the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean's main centres for ship-building. 
Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old centre retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards. 

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Puerto Bolívar - Ecuador

Puerto Bolivar is part of Machala Municipality, El Oro Province, Ecuador. 
Puerto Bolívar is one of the world's largest banana shipping points, most destined for Europe; about 80% of the banana production in Ecuador is shipped through these port facilities. 

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Monday, September 28, 2020

National History Park – Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers - Haiti

These Haitian monuments date from the beginning of the 19th century, when Haiti proclaimed its independence. 
The Palace of Sans Souci, the buildings at Ramiers and, in particular, the Citadel serve as universal symbols of liberty, being the first monuments to be constructed by black slaves who had gained their freedom. 

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Silkeborg - Denmark

Silkeborg is a city in the Central Jutland region of Denmark that is part of the municipality of Silkeborg with the same name. 
Silkeborg was a municipality in Århus County in Jutland until 2007. 

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

M'Zab Valley - Algeria

A traditional human habitat, created in the 10th century by the Ibadites around their five ksour (fortified cities), has been preserved intact in the M’Zab valley. 
Simple, functional and perfectly adapted to the environment, the architecture of M’Zab was designed for community living, while respecting the structure of the family. 
It is a source of inspiration for today’s urban planners. 

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Sameba Cathedral

The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. 
It is the seat of the Katholikos Patriarch of All Georgia. 

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Lord Howe Island Group - Australia

A remarkable example of isolated oceanic islands, born of volcanic activity more than 2,000 m under the sea, these islands boast a spectacular topography and are home to numerous endemic species, especially birds.

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Pula - Croatia

Pula is the southernmost city on the Croatian peninsula of Istria. 
It is the 7th city in Croatia by population and is more than 3,000 years old. 
The Italian name for Pula, Pola, comes from the Roman name of the province: Iulia Pola Polentia Herculanea.

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