Sunday, December 31, 2023

Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes - Senegal

The site, located in south-east Senegal, includes three geographical areas: the Bassari–Salémata area, the Bedik–Bandafassi area and the Fula–Dindéfello area, each with its specific morphological traits. 
The Bassari, Fula and Bedik peoples settled from the 11th to the 19th centuries and developed specific cultures and habitats symbiotic with their surrounding natural environment. 
The Bassari landscape is marked by terraces and rice paddies, interspersed with villages, hamlets and archaeological sites. 
The Bedik villages are formed by dense groups of huts with steep thatched roofs.
Their inhabitants’ cultural expressions are characterized by original traits of agro-pastoral, social, ritual and spiritual practices, which represent an original response to environmental constraints and human pressures. 
The site is a well-preserved multicultural landscape housing original and still vibrant local cultures.


Chelyabinsk Oblast is an oblast of Russia. 
The capital is the city of Chelyabinsk.

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley - Malaysia

Situated in the lush Lenggong Valley, the property includes four archaeological sites in two clusters which span close to 2 million years, one of the longest records of early man in a single locality, and the oldest outside the African continent. 
It features open-air and cave sites with Palaeolithic tool workshops, evidence of early technology. 
The number of sites found in the relatively contained area suggests the presence of a fairly large, semi-sedentary population with cultural remains from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Metal ages.

Saint Lawrence River

The Sint-Laurens is a large river in the climatic zone of the same name in North America.

Thursday, December 28, 2023

West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou - China

The West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides, has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. 
It comprises numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands. 
These additions have been made to improve the landscape west of the city of Hangzhou to the south of the Yangtze river. 
The West Lake has influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries and bears an exceptional testimony to the cultural tradition of improving landscapes to create a series of vistas reflecting an idealised fusion between humans and nature.

Mandala Airlines Flight 091

Mandala Airlines Flight 091 was a flight that crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia on September 5, 2005, moments after departure. 
This 24-year-old Boeing 737 from the Indonesian Mandala Airlines crashed after takeoff in a residential area of Meda.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Wadi Rum - Jordan

The 74,000-hectare property, inscribed as a mixed natural and cultural site, is situated in southern Jordan, near the border with Saudi Arabia. 
It features a varied desert landscape consisting of a range of narrow gorges, natural arches, towering cliffs, ramps, massive landslides and caverns. 
Petroglyphs, inscriptions and archaeological remains in the site testify to 12,000 years of human occupation and interaction with the natural environment. 
The combination of 25,000 rock carvings with 20,000 inscriptions trace the evolution of human thought and the early development of the alphabet. 
The site illustrates the evolution of pastoral, agricultural and urban activity in the region.

Beira Alta

Beira Alta is an old province of Portugal that existed from 1936 to 1976. 
The province is bordered by the provinces of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro in the north, Douro Litoral in the northwest, Beira Litoral in the west and southwest, Beira Baixa in the south and by the Spanish provinces of Salamanca and Castile and León in the East.

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

The Persian Garden - Iran

The property includes nine gardens in as many provinces. 
They exemplify the diversity of Persian garden designs that evolved and adapted to different climate conditions while retaining principles that have their roots in the times of Cyrus the Great, 6th century BC. Always divided into four sectors, with water playing an important role for both irrigation and ornamentation, the Persian garden was conceived to symbolize Eden and the four Zoroastrian elements of sky, earth, water and plants. 
These gardens, dating back to different periods since the 6th century BC, also feature buildings, pavilions and walls, as well as sophisticated irrigation systems. 
They have influenced the art of garden design as far as India and Spain.


The Pomeranian Voivodeship is a voivodeship in Poland. 
The capital is Gdańsk. 
The Voivodeship was created after the land reforms in 1999 from the Gdańsk and Słupsk Voivodeships and from some parts of Elbląg before that.