Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen (Germany)

The Zollverein industrial complex in Land Nordrhein-Westfalen consists of the complete infrastructure of a historical coal-mining site, with some 20th-century buildings of outstanding architectural merit. 
It constitutes remarkable material evidence of the evolution and decline of an essential industry over the past 150 years.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Plum

The plum is a tree fruit, more specifically a name for certain types of stone fruit of the genus Prunus, which are grown for consumption.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes (France)

The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments (the châteaux), and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Yungang Grottoes (China)

The Yungang Grottoes, in Datong city, Shanxi Province, with their 252 caves and 51,000 statues, represent the outstanding achievement of Buddhist cave art in China in the 5th and 6th centuries. 
The Five Caves created by Tan Yao, with their strict unity of layout and design, constitute a classical masterpiece of the first peak of Chinese Buddhist art.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona (Spain)

These are two of the finest contributions to Barcelona's architecture by the Catalan art nouveau architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. 
The Palau de la Música Catalana is an exuberant steel-framed structure full of light and space, and decorated by many of the leading designers of the day. 
The Hospital de Sant Pau is equally bold in its design and decoration, while at the same time perfectly adapted to the needs of the sick.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russia)

Lena Pillars Nature Park is marked by spectacular rock pillars that reach a height of approximately 100 m along the banks of the Lena River in the central part of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). 
They were produced by the region’s extreme continental climate with an annual temperature range of almost 100 degrees Celsius (from –60 °C in winter to +40 °C in summer). 
The pillars form rocky buttresses isolated from each other by deep and steep gullies developed by frost shattering directed along intervening joints. 
Penetration of water from the surface has facilitated cryogenic processes (freeze-thaw action), which have widened gullies between pillars leading to their isolation. 
Fluvial processes are also critical to the pillars. 
The site also contains a wealth of Cambrian fossil remains of numerous species, some of them unique.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) - Italy

The Ligurian coast between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural landscape of great scenic and cultural value. 
The layout and disposition of the small towns and the shaping of the surrounding landscape, overcoming the disadvantages of a steep, uneven terrain, encapsulate the continuous history of human settlement in this region over the past millennium.

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