Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wartburg Castle (Germany)

Wartburg Castle blends superbly into its forest surroundings and is in many ways 'the ideal castle'. 
Although it has retained some original sections from the feudal period, the form it acquired during the 19th-century reconstitution gives a good idea of what this fortress might have been at the height of its military and seigneurial power. 
It was during his exile at Wartburg Castle that Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pear

Pear, Pyrus, is a plant genus that produces well-known fruits.
The genus is found in many countries, especially in the northern hemisphere.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Historic Site of Lyon (France)

The long history of Lyon, which was founded by the Romans in the 1st century B.C. as the capital of the Three Gauls and has continued to play a major role in Europe's political, cultural and economic development ever since, is vividly illustrated by its urban fabric and the many fine historic buildings from all periods.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (China)

It represents the addition of three Imperial Tombs of the Qing Dynasty in Liaoning to the Ming tombs inscribed in 2000 and 2003. 
The Three Imperial Tombs of the Qing Dynasty in Liaoning Province include the Yongling Tomb, the Fuling Tomb, and the Zhaoling Tomb, all built in the 17th century. 
Constructed for the founding emperors of the Qing Dynasty and their ancestors, the tombs follow the precepts of traditional Chinese geomancy and fengshui theory. 
They feature rich decoration of stone statues and carvings and tiles with dragon motifs, illustrating the development of the funerary architecture of the Qing Dynasty. 
The three tomb complexes, and their numerous edifices, combine traditions inherited from previous dynasties and new features of Manchu civilization.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Papahānaumokuākea (United States)

Papahānaumokuākea is a vast and isolated linear cluster of small, low lying islands and atolls, with their surrounding ocean, roughly 250 km to the northwest of the main Hawaiian Archipelago and extending over some 1931 km. 
The area has deep cosmological and traditional significance for living Native Hawaiian culture, as an ancestral environment, as an embodiment of the Hawaiian concept of kinship between people and the natural world, and as the place where it is believed that life originates and to where the spirits return after death. 
On two of the islands, Nihoa and Makumanamana, there are archaeological remains relating to pre-European settlement and use. 
Much of the monument is made up of pelagic and deepwater habitats, with notable features such as seamounts and submerged banks, extensive coral reefs and lagoons. 
It is one of the largest marine protected areas (MPAs) in the world.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Historic Walled Town of Cuenca (Spain)

Built by the Moors in a defensive position at the heart of the Caliphate of Cordoba, Cuenca is an unusually well-preserved medieval fortified city. 
Conquered by the Castilians in the 12th century, it became a royal town and bishopric endowed with important buildings, such as Spain's first Gothic cathedral, and the famous casas colgadas (hanging houses), suspended from sheer cliffs overlooking the Huécar river. 
Taking full advantage of its location, the city towers above the magnificent countryside.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve (Russia)

Located well above the Arctic Circle, the site includes the mountainous Wrangel Island (7,608 km2), Herald Island (11 km2) and surrounding waters. 
Wrangel was not glaciated during the Quaternary Ice Age, resulting in exceptionally high levels of biodiversity for this region. The island boasts the world’s largest population of Pacific walrus and the highest density of ancestral polar bear dens. 
It is a major feeding ground for the grey whale migrating from Mexico and the northernmost nesting ground for 100 migratory bird species, many endangered. 
Currently, 417 species and subspecies of vascular plants have been identified on the island, double that of any other Arctic tundra territory of comparable size and more than any other Arctic island. 
Some species are derivative of widespread continental forms, others are the result of recent hybridization, and 23 are endemic.

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