Friday, March 31, 2023

Cerveteri and Tarquinia - Italy

These two large Etruscan cemeteries reflect different types of burial practices from the 9th to the 1st century BC, and bear witness to the achievements of Etruscan culture. 
Which over nine centuries developed the earliest urban civilization in the northern Mediterranean. 
Some of the tombs are monumental, cut in rock and topped by impressive tumuli (burial mounds). 
Many feature carvings on their walls, others have wall paintings of outstanding quality. 
The necropolis near Cerveteri, known as Banditaccia, contains thousands of tombs organized in a city-like plan, with streets, small squares and neighbourhoods. 
The site contains very different types of tombs: trenches cut in rock; tumuli; and some, also carved in rock, in the shape of huts or houses with a wealth of structural details. 
These provide the only surviving evidence of Etruscan residential architecture. 
The necropolis of Tarquinia, also known as Monterozzi, contains 6,000 graves cut in the rock. 
It is famous for its 200 painted tombs, the earliest of which date from the 7th century BC.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe is one of Argentina's 23 provinces, located in the north of the country. 
Starting from the north and then clockwise, the province borders the following provinces: Chaco, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Santiago del Estero.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent - Russia

The Novodevichy Convent, in south-western Moscow, built in the 16th and 17th centuries in the so-called Moscow Baroque style, was part of a chain of monastic ensembles that were integrated into the defence system of the city. 
The convent was directly associated with the political, cultural and religious history of Russia, and closely linked to the Moscow Kremlin. 
It was used by women of the Tsar’s family and the aristocracy. 
Members of the Tsar’s family and entourage were also buried in its cemetery. 
The convent provides an example of the highest accomplishments of Russian architecture with rich interiors and an important collection of paintings and artefacts.

White wine

White wine is made from the juice of grapes. 
The must is therefore free of peels, stems and seeds. 
Because grape juice contains little to no coloring, the wine will be almost white. 
White wine can therefore also be made from black grapes. 

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Complex of Koguryo Tombs - Korea

The property includes several group and individual tombs - totalling about 30 individual tombs - from the later period of the Koguryo Kingdom, one of the strongest kingdoms in nowadays northeast China and half of the Korean peninsula between the 3rd century BC to 7th century AD. 
The tombs, many with beautiful wall paintings, are almost the only remains of this culture.
Only about 90 out of more than 10,000 Koguryo tombs discovered in China and Korea so far, have wall paintings. 
Almost half of these tombs are located on this site and they are thought to have been made for the burial of kings, members of the royal family and the aristocracy. 
These paintings offer a unique testimony to daily life of this period.

Derby woolly possum (Caluromys derbianus)

The Derby woolhair possum has a slender build with a head-trunk length of 18 to 30 cm and a tail of 27 to 49 cm long. 
The weight is 200 to 400 grams. 
The dense, soft, woolly coat is reddish to orange-brown in color, although there are regional color variants with gray fur. 
A dark brown stripe runs from the forehead to the muzzle. 
There is a gray spot in the center of the back. 
The underside of the body is white to golden brown in color. 
The tail is partly white and bare with brown spots and partly (one third to half) hairy. 
Adult males have a distinctive blue scrotum. 
The pouch is well developed in the woolly possum. 
The ears are creamy white to pink in color. 
The front legs and feet are light colored and the fingers and toes, except for the opposable thumbs, have claws. 
The woolly possum has several ape-like specializations, such as a strong prehensile tail, dexterous hands, and larger and more forward-facing eyes than other possums.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

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.

Vinh Long

Vĩnh Long is a province of Vietnam. 
The capital is Vinh Long. 
The province has approximately 1,023,400 inhabitants and covers an area of 1,475 km² and is located between the rivers Hau and Tien in the Mekong Delta. 
The economy of the province is mainly based on fishing and fruit growing.

Friday, March 24, 2023

Champaner-Pavagadh - India

A concentration of largely unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties cradled in an impressive landscape which includes prehistoric (chalcolithic) sites, a hill fortress of an early Hindu capital, and remains of the 16th-century capital of the state of Gujarat. 
The site also includes, among other vestiges, fortifications, palaces, religious buildings, residential precincts, agricultural structures and water installations, from the 8th to 14th centuries. 
The Kalikamata Temple on top of Pavagadh Hill is considered to be an important shrine, attracting large numbers of pilgrims throughout the year. 
The site is the only complete and unchanged Islamic pre-Mughal city.


A wagon is a means of transport on more than two wheels. 
This is in contrast to a cart, which has only two wheels. 
A wagon can be pushed or pulled while walking, pulled by one or more draft animals, or powered by a motor. 
There are also railcars or wagons.