Saturday, April 21, 2018

Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin (France)

Remarkable as a landscape shaped over three centuries of coal extraction from the 1700s to the 1900s, the site consists of 109 separate components over 120,000 ha. 
It features mining pits (the oldest of which dates from 1850) and lift infrastructure, slag heaps (some of which cover 90 ha and exceed 140 m in height), coal transport infrastructure, railway stations, workers’ estates and mining villages including social habitat, schools, religious buildings, health and community facilities, company premises, owners and managers’ houses, town halls and more. 
The site bears testimony to the quest to create model workers’ cities from the mid 19th century to the 1960s and further illustrates a significant period in the history of industrial Europe. 
It documents the living conditions of workers and the solidarity to which it gave rise.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mount Wutai (China)

With its five flat peaks, Mount Wutai is a sacred Buddhist mountain. 
The cultural landscape is home to forty-one monasteries and includes the East Main Hall of Foguang Temple, the highest surviving timber building of the Tang dynasty, with life-size clay sculptures. 
It also features the Ming dynasty Shuxiang Temple with a huge complex of 500 statues representing Buddhist stories woven into three-dimensional pictures of mountains and water. 
Overall, the buildings on the site catalogue the way in which Buddhist architecture developed and influenced palace building in China for over a millennium. 
Mount Wutai, literally, 'the five terrace mountain', is the highest in Northern China and is remarkable for its morphology of precipitous slopes with five open treeless peaks. 
Temples have been built on this site from the 1st century AD to the early 20th century.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Palmeral of Elche (Spain)

The Palmeral of Elche, a landscape of groves of date palms, was formally laid out, with elaborate irrigation systems, at the time the Muslim city of Elche was erected, towards the end of the tenth century A.C., when much of the Iberian peninsula was Arab. 
The Palmeral is an oasis, a system for agrarian production in arid areas. 
It is also a unique example of Arab agricultural practices on the European continent. 
Cultivation of date palms in Elche is known at least since the Iberian times, dating around the fifth century B.C.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites (Italy)

Assisi, a medieval city built on a hill, is the birthplace of Saint Francis, closely associated with the work of the Franciscan Order. 
Its medieval art masterpieces, such as the Basilica of San Francesco and paintings by Cimabue, Pietro Lorenzetti, Simone Martini and Giotto, have made Assisi a fundamental reference point for the development of Italian and European art and architecture.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (Germany)

A masterpiece of Baroque theatre architecture, built between 1745 and 1750, the Opera House is the only entirely preserved example of its type where an audience of 500 can experience Baroque court opera culture and acoustics authentically, as its auditorium retains its original materials, i.e. wood and canvas. 
Commissioned by Margravine Wilhelmine, wife of Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg–Bayreuth, it was designed by the renowned theatre architect Giuseppe Galli Bibiena. 
As a court opera house in a public space, it foreshadowed the large public theatres of the 19th century. 
The highly decorated theatre’s tiered loge structure of wood with illusionistic painted canvas represents the ephemeral ceremonial architectural tradition that was employed in pageants and celebrations for princely self-representation.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Watermelon

The watermelon is a one-year, monoecious plant from the Cucurbitaceae family with large, gray-green lobed leaves.
The flowers are homogeneous and yellow to white in color.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

The Causses and the Cévennes (France)

This 302,319 ha property, in the southern part of central France, is a mountain landscape interspersed by deep valleys that is representative of the relationship between agro-pastoral systems and their biophysical environment, notably through drailles or drove roads. 
Villages and substantial stone farmhouses on deep terraces of the Causses reflect the organization of large abbeys from the 11th century. 
Mont Lozère, inside the property, is one of the last places where summer transhumance is still practiced in the traditional way, using the drailles.

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