Sunday, October 22, 2017

Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (Italy)


Ravenna was the seat of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and then of Byzantine Italy until the 8th century. 
It has a unique collection of early Christian mosaics and monuments. 
All eight buildings – the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Neonian Baptistery, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Arian Baptistery, the Archiepiscopal Chapel, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Church of San Vitale and the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe – were constructed in the 5th and 6th centuries. 
They show great artistic skill, including a wonderful blend of Graeco-Roman tradition, Christian iconography and oriental and Western styles.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Group of Monuments at Pattadakal (India)


Pattadakal, in Karnataka, represents the high point of an eclectic art which, in the 7th and 8th centuries under the Chalukya dynasty, achieved a harmonious blend of architectural forms from northern and southern India. 
An impressive series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary, can be seen there. 
One masterpiece from the group stands out – the Temple of Virupaksha, built c. 740 by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband's victory over the kings from the South.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns (Greece)

The archaeological sites of Mycenae and Tiryns are the imposing ruins of the two greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century B.C. and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. 
These two cities are indissolubly linked to the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, which have influenced European art and literature for more than three millennia.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Quedlinburg (Germany)

Quedlinburg, in the Land of Sachsen-Anhalt, was a capital of the East Franconian German Empire at the time of the Saxonian-Ottonian ruling dynasty. 
It has been a prosperous trading town since the Middle Ages. 
The number and high quality of the timber-framed buildings make Quedlinburg an exceptional example of a medieval European town. 
The Collegiate Church of St Servatius is one of the masterpieces of Romanesque architecture.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kiwi


The kiwi or Chinese gooseberry (Actinidia chinensis) is the edible fruit of a fast growing winding climbing plant.
The fruits of the ordinary kiwi are usually elongated oval in shape, have crisp white-core flesh and a ring of black pits around this core.
Slices of kiwi are often used as decorative garnish of pastries, salads and the like, but the fruit can also be eaten as a whole (with or without peel).

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims (France)

The outstanding handling of new architectural techniques in the 13th century, and the harmonious marriage of sculptural decoration with architecture, has made Notre-Dame in Reims one of the masterpieces of Gothic art. 
The former abbey still has its beautiful 9th-century nave, in which lie the remains of Archbishop St Rémi (440–533), who instituted the Holy Anointing of the kings of France. 
The former archiepiscopal palace known as the Tau Palace, which played an important role in religious ceremonies, was almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City (United Kingdom)

Six areas in the historic centre and docklands of the maritime mercantile City of Liverpool bear witness to the development of one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries. 
Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire and became the major port for the mass movement of people, e.g. slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America. 
Liverpool was a pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems and port management. 
The listed sites feature a great number of significant commercial, civic and public buildings, including St George’s Plateau.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Ancient City of Ping Yao (China)


Ping Yao is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city, founded in the 14th century. 
Its urban fabric shows the evolution of architectural styles and town planning in Imperial China over five centuries. 
Of special interest are the imposing buildings associated with banking, for which Ping Yao was the major centre for the whole of China in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Landscape of Grand Pré (Canada)


Situated in the southern Minas Basin of Nova Scotia, the Grand Pré marshland and archaeological sites constitute a cultural landscape bearing testimony to the development of agricultural farmland using dykes and the aboiteau wooden sluice system, started by the Acadians in the 17th century and further developed and maintained by the Planters and present-day inhabitants. 
Over 1,300 ha, the cultural landscape encompasses a large expanse of polder farmland and archaeological elements of the towns of Grand Pré and Hortonville, which were built by the Acadians and their successors. 
The landscape is an exceptional example of the adaptation of the first European settlers to the conditions of the North American Atlantic coast. 
The site – marked by one of the most extreme tidal ranges in the world, averaging 11.6 m – is also inscribed as a memorial to Acadian way of life and deportation, which started in 1755, known as the Grand Dérangement.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea (Brazil)

The site consists of an exceptional urban setting encompassing the key natural elements that have shaped and inspired the development of the city: from the highest points of the Tijuca National Park’s mountains down to the sea. 
They also include the Botanical Gardens, established in 1808, Corcovado Mountain with its celebrated statue of Christ, and the hills around Guanabara Bay, including the extensive designed landscapes along Copacabana Bay which have contributed to the outdoor living culture of this spectacular city. 
Rio de Janeiro is also recognized for the artistic inspiration it has provided to musicians, landscapers and urbanists.

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