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Castel del Monte (UNESCO/NHK)

When the Emperor Frederick II built this castle near Bari in the 13th century, he imbued it with symbolic significance, as reflected in the location, the mathematical and astronomical precision of the layout and the perfectly regular shape. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Castel del Monte is a …

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Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada (UNESCO/NHK)

Rising above the modern lower town, the Alhambra and the Albaycín, situated on two adjacent hills, form the medieval part of Granada. To the east of the Alhambra fortress and residence are the magnificent gardens of the Generalife, the former rural residence of the emirs who ruled this part of …

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Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret’s Church (UNESCO/NHK)

Westminster Palace, rebuilt from the year 1840 on the site of important medieval remains, is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture. The site — which also comprises the small medieval Church of Saint Margaret, built in Perpendicular Gothic style, and Westminster Abbey, where all the sovereigns since the 11th century …

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Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena (UNESCO/NHK)

Torre Ghirlandina, simbolo di Modena

The magnificent 12th-century cathedral at Modena, the work of two great artists (Lanfranco and Wiligelmus), is a supreme example of early Romanesque art. With its piazza and soaring tower, it testifies to the faith of its builders and the power of the Canossa dynasty who commissioned it.

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Yakushima (UNESCO/NHK)

Located in the interior of Yaku Island, at the meeting-point of the palaearctic and oriental biotic regions, Yakushima exhibits a rich flora, with some 1,900 species and subspecies, including ancient specimens of the sugi (Japanese cedar). It also contains a remnant of a warm-temperate ancient forest that is unique in …

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Pienza, lo straordinario sogno di Papa Pio II

Quest’anno festeggia i vent’anni dalla iscrizione nella WHL Era un caldo dicembre del 1996 quando l’Unesco, a Merida in Messico, durante la 20esima sessione del Comitato del Patrimonio Mondiale, inseriva Pienza fra le bellezze dell’umanità da proteggere affinché i posteri potessero ammirarla. Quest’anno cadono pertanto i venti anni dalla proclamazione …

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Altri due successi Unesco per l’Italia

Parma proclamata “città creativa per la gastronomia” e Roma “città creativa per il cinema” Arnaldo Gioacchini L’Italia segna a suo favore altri due “punti Unesco” in questo caso si tratta di Parma che è stata ufficialmente proclamata a Parigi, dall’Unesco “città creativa per la gastronomia” e di Roma“città creativa per …

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