Sunday, July 30, 2023

Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - Turkmenistan

The Parthian Fortresses of Nisa consist of two tells of Old and New Nisa, indicating the site of one of the earliest and most important cities of the Parthian Empire, a major power from the mid 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD. 
They conserve the unexcavated remains of an ancient civilization which skilfully combined its own traditional cultural elements with those of the Hellenistic and Roman west. Archaeological excavations in two parts of the site have revealed richly decorated architecture, illustrative of domestic, state and religious functions. 
Situated at the crossroads of important commercial and strategic axes, this powerful empire formed a barrier to Roman expansion while serving as an important communication and trading centre between east and west, north and south.


Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, or Aysén for short, is one of the sixteen regions of Chile and is also called the eleventh region, with its capital in Coyhaique.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Old Town of Corfu - Greece

The Old Town of Corfu, on the Island of Corfu off the western coasts of Albania and Greece, is located in a strategic position at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, and has its roots in the 8th century BC. 
The three forts of the town, designed by renowned Venetian engineers, were used for four centuries to defend the maritime trading interests of the Republic of Venice against the Ottoman Empire. 
In the course of time, the forts were repaired and partly rebuilt several times, more recently under British rule in the 19th century. 
The mainly neoclassical housing stock of the Old Town is partly from the Venetian period, partly of later construction, notably the 19th century. 
As a fortified Mediterranean port, Corfu’s urban and port ensemble is notable for its high level of integrity and authenticity.

Turkish Van

The Turkish Van cat is very large, and a really special cat breed. 
This cat always wants to be at the top of the family ranking with other pets, then it will be calm and satisfied with itself. 
The Turkish Van cat is not a real lap cat, but will love to cuddle with you and sleep in your bed. 
He will also give clear directions on the correct way to pet him. 
Turkish Van cats are highly intelligent and love toys that allow them to mimic chasing prey. 

Turkish Van cats love to lay in the water, swim and hunt in warm weather. 
As a result, small pets such as guinea pigs, hamsters, birds and fish may be at risk if they come into contact with this natural hunter.

Friday, July 28, 2023

Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad

The Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge of Višegrad across the Drina River in the east of Bosnia and Herzegovina was built at the end of the 16th century by the court architect Mimar Koca Sinan on the orders of Grand Vizier Mehmed Paša Sokolović. 
Characteristic of the apogee of Ottoman monumental architecture and civil engineering, the bridge has 11 masonry arches with spans of 11 m to 15 m, and an access ramp at right angles with four arches on the left bank of the river. 
The 179.5 m long bridge is a representative masterpiece of Sinan, one of the greatest architects and engineers of the classical Ottoman period and a contemporary of the Italian Renaissance, with which his work may be compared. 
The unique elegance of proportion and monumental nobility of the whole site bear witness to the greatness of this style of architecture.

Krivoklat Castle

Křivoklát Castle is a castle in Křivoklát in Central Bohemia in the Czech Republic. 
It is protected as a national cultural monument.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces - Switzerland

The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, stretching for about 30 km along the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva from the Chateau de Chillon to the eastern outskirts of Lausanne in the Vaud region, cover the lower slopes of the mountainside between the villages and the lake. 
Although there is some evidence that vines were grown in the area in Roman times, the present vine terraces can be traced back to the 11th century, when Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries controlled the area. 
It is an outstanding example of a centuries-long interaction between people and their environment, developed to optimize local resources so as to produce a highly valued wine that has always been important to the economy.


Quebec is a province of Canada, within which it also forms a separate nation. 
The capital is also called Quebec. 
The province is located W of Saint Lawrence Bay and E of Hudson Bay. 
The inhabitants of Quebec, the Québécois, call the province in French "le Québec" and the capital "Québec".

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Kaiping Diaolou and Villages - China

Kaiping Diaolou and Villages feature the Diaolou, multi-storeyed defensive village houses in Kaiping, which display a complex and flamboyant fusion of Chinese and Western structural and decorative forms. 
They reflect the significant role of émigré Kaiping people in the development of several countries in South Asia, Australasia and North America, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 
There are four groups of Diaolou and twenty of the most symbolic ones are inscribed on the List. 
These buildings take three forms: communal towers built by several families and used as temporary refuge, residential towers built by individual rich families and used as fortified residences, and watch towers. 
Built of stone, pise , brick or concrete, these buildings represent a complex and confident fusion between Chinese and Western architectural styles. 
Retaining a harmonious relationship with the surrounding landscape, the Diaolou testify to the final flowering of local building traditions that started in the Ming period in response to local banditry.

Stung Treng

Stung treng is a province of Cambodia in the NE. 
It borders the provinces of Ratanakiri to the E, Mondulkiri and Kratie to the S, and Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear to the W. 
The northern border is Cambodia's international border with Laos.