Sunday, June 30, 2024

Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement - Denmark

Founded in 1773 in South Jutland, the site is an example of a planned settlement of the Moravian Church, a Lutheran free congregation centred in Herrnhut, Saxony. 
The town was planned to represent the Protestant urban ideal, constructed around a central Church square. 
The architecture is homogenous and unadorned, with one and two-storey buildings in yellow brick with red tile roofs. 
The democratic organization of the Moravian Church, with its pioneering egalitarian philosophy, is expressed in its humanistic town planning. 
The settlement’s plan opens onto agricultural land and includes important buildings for the common welfare such as large communal houses for the congregation’s widows and unmarried men and women. 
The buildings are still in use and many are still owned by the local Moravian Church community.

Port wine

Port or porto is short for port wine, a fortified wine from Portugal, with an alcohol content between 19 and 22 percent. 
It is a typical sweet red, white or rosé wine, served as an aperitif, digestif or as a dessert wine. 

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars - France

The property encompasses sites where the method of producing sparkling wines was developed on the principle of secondary fermentation in the bottle since the early 17th century to its early industrialization in the 19th century. 
The property is made up of three distinct ensembles: the historic vineyards of Hautvillers, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Saint-Nicaise Hill in Reims, and the Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabrol in Epernay. 
These three components – the supply basin formed by the historic hillsides, the production sites (with their underground cellars) and the sales and distribution centres (the Champagne Houses) - illustrate the entire champagne production process. 
The property bears clear testimony to the development of a very specialized artisan activity that has become an agro-industrial enterprise.

Collared woolly possum (Caluromysiops irrupta)

The collared woolly opossum is a species of opossum from South America. 
It is the only species in the genus Caluromysiops.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Blue and John Crow Mountains - Jamaica

The site encompasses a rugged and extensively forested mountainous region in the south-east of Jamaica, which provided refuge first for the indigenous Tainos fleeing slavery and then for Maroons (former enslaved peoples). 
They resisted the European colonial system in this isolated region by establishing a network of trails, hiding places and settlements, which form the Nanny Town Heritage Route. 
The forests offered the Maroons everything they needed for their survival. 
They developed strong spiritual connections with the mountains, still manifest through the intangible cultural legacy of, for example, religious rites, traditional medicine and dances. 
The site is also a biodiversity hotspot for the Caribbean Islands with a high proportion of endemic plant species, especially lichens, mosses and certain flowering plants.

Tiền Giang

Tiền Giang is a province of Vietnam. 
Tiền Giang has 1,605,147 inhabitants on an area of ​​2,339 km².

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) - Jordan

Situated on the eastern bank of the River Jordan, nine kilometres north of the Dead Sea, the archaeological site consists of two distinct areas: Tell Al-Kharrar, also known as Jabal Mar-Elias (Elijah’s Hill) and the area of the churches of Saint John the Baptist near the river. 
Situated in a pristine natural environment the site is believed to be the location where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist. 
It features Roman and Byzantine remains including churches and chapels, a monastery, caves that have been used by hermits and pools in which baptisms were celebrated, testifying to the religious character of the place. 
The site is a Christian place of pilgrimage.

Tuk tuk

A tuk tuk is a common means of public transport in Asian countries, especially in Thailand and also in African countries. 
It is a motorized rickshaw that can carry a number of passengers.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Baekje Historic Areas - Korea

Located in the mountainous mid-western region of the Republic of Korea, this property comprises eight archaeological sites dating from 475 to 660 CE, including the Gongsanseong fortress and royal tombs at Songsan-ri related to the capital, Ungjin (present day Gongju), the Busosanseong Fortress and Gwanbuk-ri administrative buildings, the Jeongnimsa Temple, the royal tombs in Neungsan-ri and the Naseong city wall related to the capital, Sabi (now Buyeo), the royal palace at Wanggung-ri and the Mireuksa Temple in Iksan related to the secondary Sabi capital. 
Together, these sites represent the later period of the Baekje Kingdom – one of the three earliest kingdoms on the Korean peninsula (18 BCE to 660 CE) - during which time they were at the crossroads of considerable technological, religious (Buddhist), cultural and artistic exchanges between the ancient East Asian kingdoms in Korea, China and Japan.


Vermont is one of the fifty states of the United States of America, located in New England in the northeast. It is the sixth smallest state by area and, with 625,000 inhabitants, the second smallest by population.