Saturday, December 14, 2019

Flags of the World | Faroe Islands



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The flag of the Faroe Islands is an offset cross, representing Christianity. It is similar in design to other Nordic flags – a tradition set by the Dannebrog of Denmark, of which the Faroe Islands are an autonomous territory.

Flags of the World | French Polynesia


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French Polynesia is a collection of over 100 islands halfway between California and Australia in the South Pacific Ocean. It is an overseas country (pays d'outre-mer) governed by France. Its flag depicts a canoe (piroque), sailing under a golden sun.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

St. Nicholas' Fortress | Croatia


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St. Nicholas is a fortress located in the town of Šibenik, one of the oldest native Croatian towns on the eastern shores of the Adriatic, in central Dalmatia, Croatia.

It was included in UNESCO's World Heritage Site list as part of "Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da mar" in 2017. This property consists of 6 components of defence works in Italy, Croatia and Montenegro.
Fortified city of Bergamo (Italy)
Fortified city of Peschiera del Garda (Italy)
City Fortress of Palmanova (Italy)
Defensive System of Zadar (Croatia)
Fort of St. Nikola, Šibenik (Croatia)
Fortified city of Kotor (Montenegro)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Schiller's House | Germany



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In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the small Thuringian town of Weimar witnessed a remarkable cultural flowering, attracting many writers and scholars, notably Goethe and Schiller. This development is reflected in the high quality of many of the buildings and of the parks in the surrounding area. Classical Weimar is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The World Heritage properties comprises twelve separate buildings or ensembles:
- Goethe's House and Goethe´s Garden and Garden House
- Schiller's House
- Herder Church
- Herder House and Old High School
- Residence Castle and Ensemble Bastille
- Dowager's Palace (Wittumspalais)
- Duchess Anna Amalia Library
- Park on the Ilm with the Roman House
- Belvedere Castle and Park with Orangery
- Ettersburg Castle and Park
- Tiefurt Castle and Park
- and Historic Cemetery with Princes' Tomb.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Lake of Stars | Malawi


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Lake Malawi, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, is the third largest lake Africa. David Livingstone reached the lake in 1859 and named it Lake Nyasa. He also referred to it by a pair of nicknames: Lake of Stars and Lake of Storms.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus


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Northern Cyprus, is a self-declared state that comprises the northeastern part of the island of Cyprus. Recognized only by Turkey, Northern Cyprus is considered by the international community to be occupied territory.

Tensions between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot populations culminated in 1974 with a coup d'état, an attempt to annex the island to Greece, and an invasion by Turkey in response.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Saluti da Mantova | Italy


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Mantova (Mantua in English) is a city and comune in Lombardy, Italy. The power and influence of the Gonzaga family (1328-1707) made Mantua one of the most eminent Italian hubs for Art, Culture and Music. Today, the city is known for its architectural treasures and artifacts, elegant palaces, and the Medieval and Renaissance cityscape.

Mantua and Sabbioneta is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Casa de las Veletas - Cáceres | Spain



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Old Town of Cáceres is an historic walled city in Cáceres, Spain. The Cáceres Museum is housed in two historic buildings in the historic town centre. One of these buildings is Casa de las Veletas. This palace was built in the 16th century.

Old Town of Cáceres is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city's history of battles between Moors and Christians is reflected in its architecture, which is a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Flags of the World | Costa Rica


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The current flag of Costa Rica is in use since 1906. But a very similar flag since 1848. Somehow the coat of arms is missing on this flag.

The dark blue represents the sky, idealism, opportunities and perseverance. The white stripes represent peace, wisdom, and happiness. The red stands for the blood spilled by martyrs defending the country, as well as the warmth and generosity of the Costa Ricans.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Winterwonderland Malbun | Liechtenstein


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Malbun is the main holiday resort in the little Principality of Liechtenstein. Malbun is the only resort for skiing in Liechtenstein. It is located at 1,600 metres above sea level in the Alps.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Flags of the World | Azores


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The flag of the Azores was adopted in 1979 by the regional government of the Azores. It is based on the traditional colours and symbols of Portuguese flags used prior to the revolution of 1910.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Cidade Velha | Cape Verde


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The town of Ribeira Grande, renamed Cidade Velha in the late 18th century, was the first European colonial outpost in the tropics. Located in the south of the island of Santiago, the town features some of the original street layout impressive remains including two churches, a royal fortress and Pillory Square with its ornate 16th century marble pillar.

Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Great Himalayan National Park | India


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The Great Himalayan National Park is located in the western part of the Himalayan Mountains in the northern Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. The park was established in 1984 and is spread over an area of 1,171 km2 at an altitude of between 1500 and 6000 m.

Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Hermitage Hunting Lodge | Denmark



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The Hermitage Hunting Lodge is located in Dyrehaven, north of Copenhagen, Denmark. The hunting lodge was built in Baroque style from 1734 to 1736 for Christian VI of Denmark in order to host royal banquets during royal hunts in Dyrehaven.

The Par force hunting landscape in North Zealand is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The landscape is a collection of hunting grounds and forests north of Copenhagen, comprising three main areas: Store Dyrehave, Gribskov and Jægersborg Dyrehave/Jægersborg Hegn.

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