Saturday, April 30, 2022

Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco - Mexico

Xochicalco is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a fortified political, religious and commercial centre from the troubled period of 650–900 that followed the break-up of the great Mesoamerican states such as Teotihuacan, Monte Albán, Palenque and Tikal. 

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Yogurt is a milk product that has been fermented and acidified in a controlled manner. 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

University of Alcalá de Henares - Spain

Founded by Cardinal Jiménez de Cisneros in the early 16th century, Alcalá de Henares was the world's first planned university city. 
It was the original model for the Civitas Dei (City of God), the ideal urban community which Spanish missionaries brought to the Americas. 
It also served as a model for universities in Europe and elsewhere. 

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Hamburg - Germany

Hamburg is a kreisfreie Stadt and metropolis in Germany. 
It is the second largest city in the country and also the most important te port city: the river Elbe connects Hamburg with the North Sea. 
The city is not part of a federal state, but forms one itself. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre - Belgium

The four hydraulic boat-lifts on this short stretch of the historic Canal du Centre are industrial monuments of the highest quality. 
Together with the canal itself and its associated structures, they constitute a remarkably well-preserved and complete example of a late-19th-century industrial landscape. 
Of the eight hydraulic boat-lifts built at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, the only ones in the world which still exist in their original working condition are these four lifts on the Canal du Centre. 

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Surinamese cherry

The Surinamese cherry or pitanga is a plant from the myrtle family. 
The evergreen tree grows up to 7.5 m high and has spreading, long, arching, drooping branches. 
The opposite leaves are up to 7.5 × 3.3 cm, oval and pointed. 
They are dark green above and light green below. 

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Temple of Heaven in Beijing - China

The Temple of Heaven, founded in the first half of the 15th century, is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods. 
In its overall layout and that of its individual buildings, it symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven – the human world and God's world – which stands at the heart of Chinese cosmogony, and also the special role played by the emperors within that relationship. 

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Marseille - France

Marseille is, after Paris, the second largest city in France by population. 
Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department. 

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing - China

The Summer Palace in Beijing – first built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886 – is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. 
The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. 

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Parakeet tulip

In the past, this tulip was also called a rat bite because the serrated petals seemed to have been gnawed by the rats. 
There is also a black variety that was voted flower bulb of the year in 2009, the black parrot. 

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