Best Places to Visit Near Rome in the Region of Lazio, Italy; Neil Kleise; Amateur Traveler

While Tuscany or Umbria may be the first regions that spring to mind when thinking of a vacation in Italy, travelers would be wise not to overlook Lazio. The region is home to the national capital, Rome, and all it has to offer; however, it boasts way more than just the country’s largest city.

Source: Best Places to Visit Near Rome in the Region of Lazio, Italy – Amateur Traveler

Network Rail blast ‘arbitrary’ Edinburgh Council in Forth Bridge parking row; Conor Matchett; Scotsman

The row is linked to plans for a visitor centre and viewing platform.

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Fashion industry marks return with August show in Hue imperial citadel; Viet Reader

The Hue imperial citadel was first listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO back in 1993. The fashion event aims to popularize images of the local landscape and people to international friends. The latest occasion will be the fifth version of the fashion show launched. One fashion collection which will be on view at the event is themed “A Better Day” that features a cloud pattern that is a fusion of Asian and Western cultures.

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Turkish court hears case on turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque; Mert Ozkan; Reuters

A Turkish court on Thursday heard a case aimed at converting Istanbul’s sixth century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and will announce its verdict within 15 days, a lawyer said, on an issue which has drawn international expressions of concern. President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed restoring the mosque status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a building at the heart of both Christian Byzantine and Muslim Ottoman empires and today one of Turkey’s most visited monuments.

Source: Turkish court hears case on turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque

DGDA begins works on heritage focused $20bn Diriyah Gate project; Jason Saudalkar; Middle East Constructon News

Project is said to be inspired by the Unesco World Heritage site At-Turaif, which is said to be the birthplace of Saudi Arabia…

Source: DGDA begins works on heritage focused $20bn Diriyah Gate project

New festivals celebrate West Lake, Liangzhu; Wu Huixin; Shine

Hangzhou government has designated June 24 and July 6 as days to honor the city’s premier historic…

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Vox Populi: July 2 marks the 70th anniversary of the burning of Kinkakuji temple; Asahi Shimbun

Kinkakuji, one of Kyoto’s most famous Zen temples, was destroyed in a fire exactly 70 years ago today.

Source: VOX POPULI: July 2 marks the 70th anniversary of the burning of Kinkakuji temple : The Asahi Shimbun

Göbeklitepe gains more fame in two years; Hurriyet Daily News

Göbeklitepe increased its recognition in the world with the UNESCO World heritage title in the last two years and experienced the ‘golden age’ in tourism last year with the declaration of 2019 as the ‘Year of the Göbeklitepe’.

Source: Göbeklitepe gains more fame in two years

The 10 most iconic archeological sites in Israel; Abigail Klein Leichman; Heritage Florida Jewish News

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Digital Nomad Life: Month Sixty; Katie; The World On My Necklace

Month Sixty was the first month in a while that Katie (slowly and cautiously) started traveling again.

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Did You Know About The World’s First Peace Park?; Rameshinder Singh Sandhu; Outlook India

Glacier National Park in the US and Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada join together to create one of the most spectacular cross-border regions you’ve seen…

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Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia’s status; Suzan Fraser & Ayse Wieting; AP

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UNESCO urges caution over fraudulent African artefacts, sold in its name; UN News

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Most Turks Believe Hagia Sophia Debate Politically Driven, Poll Says; Kristina Jovanovski; The Media Line

The majority of the Turkish public believes the government created a debate over turning the historic Hagia Sophia into a mosque for political gain, according to a new survey by pollster MetroPOLL that was shared with The Media Line.

Source: Most Turks Believe Hagia Sophia Debate Politically Driven, Poll Says – The Media Line

Saudi Arabia breaks ground for $20bln Diriyah Gate project; Madhura Deulgaonkar; Zawya

The cultural and heritage development is located in Riyadh…

Source: Saudi Arabia breaks ground for $20bln Diriyah Gate project

16 Best Cities in France; Lisa Alexander; PlanetWare

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11 Best Cheap Tropical Vacations; Diana Bocco; PlanetWare

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A Women’s Travel Guide to Rotterdam; Stephanie Vermillion; Passion Passport

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10 Ancient Villages in Portugal That Time Forgot; Margaret Kelly; Fodor’s

In Portugal, the beaches are dramatic, the wine is cheap, and the cities are buzzing all night long—but casual travelers might not realize that just off the beaten path, there are quaint little villages and fortified hilltop towns that seem frozen in time.

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Tigers caught on camera lounging in a Jacuzzi-sized watering hole; Elizabeth Claire-Alberts; MongaBay

Conservationists set up two camera traps near a watering hole in a Thai forest — and then they waited. The first animal to step in front of the lens was a male tiger (Panthera tigris), who took a dip in the natural pool before sauntering off. Not long after that, a type of wild cattle called a banteng (Bos javanicus) briefly stepped into view before getting spooked and sprinting away.

Source: Tigers caught on camera lounging in a Jacuzzi-sized watering hole