Monday, June 28, 2021

Solovetsky Islands - Russia

The Solovetsky archipelago comprises six islands in the western part of the White Sea, covering about 300 km2 . 
They have been inhabited since the 5th century B.C. and important traces of a human presence from as far back as the 5th millennium B.C. can be found there. 
The archipelago has been the site of fervent monastic activity since the 15th century, and there are several churches dating from the 16th to the 19th century. 

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Loja - Ecuador

Loja is the capital of the province of Loja and a parish in Ecuador in the canton of Loja. 
Founded by Alonso de Mercadillo in 1548, the city was the first city in the country to be powered by a hydroelectric power station, built in 1896. 

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Butrint - Albania

Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. 
Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. 
The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city’s development.

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Vejle - Denmark

Vejle is a town in Denmark on the Jutland peninsula on the Vejlefjord. 
The town of Vejle is located in the municipality of Vejle and is also the capital of the administrative region of Syddanmark. 
Before 2007, the city was the capital of the province of Vejle. 

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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Ban Chiang Archaeological Site - Thailand

Ban Chiang is considered the most important prehistoric settlement so far discovered in South-East Asia. 
It marks an important stage in human cultural, social and technological evolution. 
The site presents the earliest evidence of farming in the region and of the manufacture and use of metals. 

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Rouen Cathedral

The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen is one of the largest and most famous Gothic cathedrals in France. 
Construction began in the 13th century and was completed in the 16th century. 

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Angkor - Cambodia

Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. 
Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. 
They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. 
UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings. 

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Split - Croatia

Split is the largest and most important city in Dalmatia. 
The port city is located on a small peninsula in the Adriatic Sea and is an important economic and tourist transit city. 

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Ujung Kulon National Park - Indonesia

This national park, located in the extreme south-western tip of Java on the Sunda shelf, includes the Ujung Kulon peninsula and several offshore islands and encompasses the natural reserve of Krakatoa. 
In addition to its natural beauty and geological interest – particularly for the study of inland volcanoes – it contains the largest remaining area of lowland rainforests in the Java plain. 
Several species of endangered plants and animals can be found there, the Javan rhinoceros being the most seriously under threat. 

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Tianjin - China

Tianjin, formerly Tientsin, is a port city in northern China and one of the five national central cities. 
Tianjin borders the provinces of Hebei and Beijing, to the east it borders the Bohai Sea in the Yellow Sea. 
Tianjin is the largest coastal city in northern China. 

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