Reasons to visit St. Petersburg. Russia; Feel The Planet

Russia – Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments

A rare man on the planet thinks of Russia as a boundless taiga with bears holding a bottle of vodka in each paw. It is a country with a turbulent centuries-old history and rich culture. Some architectural and historical-cultural monuments on the territory of the Russian Federation are included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg, is the cultural center of the country, it is its real architectural pearl. In the city, located in the Neva delta, there are enough monuments of art and culture, nightclubs, restaurants with excellent cuisine and cultural routes, which beckon you to come back here again and again. This city has been recognized as the most popular tourist destination in Russia. St. Petersburg is a city where even the dilapidated mansions look charming.

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Chad cave paintings at world heritage site defaced; AFP

Chad – Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape

Cave paintings at a UNESCO world heritage site in Chad have been defaced by unknown vandals, the central African nation’s culture minister told AFP on Sunday.

The cave paintings are located at Archei in the stunning landscape of the sandstone Ennedi Plateau in northeast Chad, which is near the border with Sudan.

“We discovered inscriptions left by some visitors. They wrote on top of the cave paintings,” said the minister Mahamat Saleh Haroun, also a Chadian filmmaker.

The natural and cultural landscape of the Ennedi Massif was declared a world heritage last year by the UN cultural agency UNESCO.

The writing consists of “some names” of visitors and the last messages date from January of this year, said Haroun who has seen photos of the damage.

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Bosnian War, 25 Years Later: Mostar Bridge Illustrates Lingering Divide; ANDY ECKARDT & VLADIMIR BANIC; NBC News

Bosnia – Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar

For more than three decades Semir Kazazic-Miro has been leaping from a bridge and plunging 70 feet into the ice-cold, fast-flowing waters of the Neretva River below.

Since the span was originally built in 1566, the Stari Most — or “Old Bridge” — Mostar’s main attraction has been a place where residents show off their high-diving skills.

The Stari Most has also been a prominent symbol for the peaceful co-existence of Muslim Bosniaks, Christian Croats and mostly Orthodox Serbs.

Yet rising tensions between the ethnic groups following the collapse of Yugoslavia culminated in the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, that left an estimated 100,000 people dead and nearly two million others displaced.

Despite sniper fire and heavy shelling from the nearby hills, Kazazic-Miro and his fellow divers continued to jump from the landmark through the war.

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7 Best Options To Stay In Bern According To Your Kind Of Travel; Camila; Trip101

Switzerland – Old City of Berne

If you are travelling to Switzerland, one of the cities you might want to take into consideration is the city of Bern, the federal capital of the country. You won’t only be delighted by the beautiful scenery of the peninsula, surrounded by the blue River Aare, but you will also be enchanted by the medieval center of the Old Town of Bern, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another interesting characteristic of Bern is that it is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life.

Are you convinced and want to travel to Bern? Then you’ll need a place to stay.

1. Travel back in time with style – Beauvilla Bern

Beauvilla Bern is a historic villa from 1902, set in the embassy quarter of Bern.

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Mauritius: The Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site; Jerry Owilli; CGTN Africa

Mauritius – Aapravasi Ghat

The Mauritan capital of Port Louis is home to one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that tell a rich history of the island, the Aapravasi Ghat.

Located on the bay of Trou Fanfaron, the Aapravasi Ghat – loosely translated as the immigrant depot – was built in 1849 to receive indentured labourers from India, Eastern Africa, Madagascar, China and Southeast Asia to work on the island’s sugar estates as part of the ‘Great Experiment’.

This experiment was initiated by the British Government, after the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1834, to demonstrate the superiority of ‘free’ over slave labour in its plantation colonies. The success of the ‘Great Experiment’ in Mauritius led to its adoption by other colonial powers from the 1840s, resulting in a world-wide migration of more than two million indentured labourers, of which Mauritius received almost half a million.

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Iran’s most wild and beautiful places; National Geographic

Iran – Lut Desert

National Geographic | GULNAZ KHAN: Iran is home to one of the oldest civilisations on Earth, where turquoise-domed mosques, glittering palaces, and the tombs of long gone poets reveal the mysteries and intrigues of the ancients. Yet beneath the footprints of man lies an even lesser known, wilder Iran, brimming with remarkable geologic formations, ancient forests, and overgrown monuments that nature has reclaimed as its own.


In the northern Mazandaran Province, a striking panorama of rust-colored travertine terraces cuts across the mountains. The stepped, limestone formations were created over thousands of years by the flowing and cooling of water from two mineral hot springs. While travertine terraces are found in other places—like Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone and Pamukkale in Turkey—Badab-e Surt’s distinctive colouring results from a high concentration of iron oxide sediments. MOUNT DAMAVAND

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French architect Le Corbusier’s foray into the Far East; Michael Penn; Al Jazeera

Japan – The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

Built in 1959, Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art received World Heritage designation last summer.

Michael Penn is president of the Shingetsu News Agency, and author of the book, “Japan and the War on Terror: Military Force and Political Pressure in the US-Japanese Alliance”.

Tokyo, Japan – Adjacent to Tokyo’s historic Ueno Station is a three-storey square building constructed of reinforced concrete. This grey and somewhat hulking structure might not initially command too much attention among the city’s other sights but for the exposed columns on its first floor, propping up the rest of the building.

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Kenya’s bewitching beauty heritage sites can revive tourism; Douglas Kiereini; Business Daily

Kenya – Fort Jesus, Mombasa

The most prestigious heritage status is the Unesco World Heritage Site. A heritage site is an official location where pieces of political, military, social or cultural history have been preserved due to their cultural history value. Such sites are usually protected under the laws of the host nation but the status is awarded by a team from Unesco who review suitable sites, submitted by Party States, annually .

Currently there are 1,052 World Heritage Sites located in 165 Party States. Of this number, Kenya hosts six sites: Fort Jesus, Lamu Old Town, Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests, Great Rift Valley, Lake Turkana National Park and Mount Kenya National Park/Forest. Several other sites have been submitted for consideration and are on the Tentative List, awaiting ratification.

Strangely enough, World Heritage Sites trace their origins to the construction of the Aswan Dam mega project in Egypt in 1954.

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St Kilda UNESCO World Heritage Site; MichelleDeanSharding; Go 4 Travel Blog

UK – St Kilda

St Kilda is one of the most remote archipelago of islands located on the north west coast of Scotland. This year the National Trust for Scotland prepares to celebrate 60 years of caring for the dual World Heritage Site. The St Kilda UNESCO World Heritage site islands are known around the world for their dramatic cliffs and large seabird population, as well as capturing the interest of people across the globe.

Visiting St Kilda UNESCO World Heritage Site

St Kilda History

In 1930, the last St Kildans left the island of Hirta.


The islands are a twitcher’s paradise with a seabird population of over half a million birds, together with its own sub-species of wren. The islands are also home to the mouse.

Celebrating 60 years with The National Trust for Scotland

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The 22 Australian National Parks You Simply Must See; Steph; Big World Small Pockets

Australia – Tasmanian Wilderness

If there’s one thing you can’t miss during your time in Australia, it’s the chance to experience some of the country’s incredible wilderness.

From mountains to deserts, tropical islands to rainforests, the land Down Under has it all.  And wonderfully, much of it is super accessible care of Australia’s fabulous national parks network.

We visited tons of them during our great budget 4wd around Australia and think they are both one of the top ways to get off the beaten track in Australia and definitely one of the best strategies for exploring the Land Down Under on a shoestring.

From Red Centre splendor, Great Barrier Reef brilliance, tremendous Tasmania and the Western Australia WOW-factor, here are the 22 Australian National Parks you must see.

#1 Karijini, WA

Up in the north of Western Australia, Karijini is renowned for its adventurous swimming holes and breathtakingly rugged landscapes.

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Colombia: Vibrant, verdant and viridescent; James Draven; National Geographic Traveller

Colombia – Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia

Enshrouded in the cloak of Mother Nature, Colombia’s bountiful central coffee region is South America at its greenest. But 1,900 bird species mean there are plenty of other colours on view, too.

Drip, drip, drip. The process is agonisingly slow. Drip, drip, drip. There are more entertaining ways of brewing coffee — the bubbling, vacuum syphon that we used for my first cup, complete with laboratory beakers and Bunsen burner, was like a chemistry lesson in the world’s most verdurous classroom. But, the Chemex method is, without a doubt, a labour of love.

Sure, there’s a theatricality to it.

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A Journey Through History- Champaner, Pavagadh!; Travelwithsavvy; Tripoto

India – Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

It is said “Old places have soul” and those are unconditional words for Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in north-west India, and has archaeological remains that date from the 8th to 16th century.

Champaner is located at a distance of 50 km from Baroda and at the foothill of the Pavagadh hill in Gujarat. What makes Champaner only one of its kind is the blend of Hinduism, Jainism and Islamism. The Champaner-Pavagadh area was under the control of the Rajputs for 200 years. Even though it was Gujarat’s ancient capital city , it fell into rapid decline, was largely abandoned and for several centuries was neglected and almost deserted. The British visited and refounded the town of Champaner in 1803 and it became a great exporter of silk.

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Overlooked by guidebooks, Slovakia is a worthy European destination without the crowds; Erica Rosenberg; The Washington Post

Slovakia – Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments

I always search for the road less touristed. Yet it was not without trepidation that I drove with my spouse across the Hungarian plain from Budapest into Kosice, Slovakia’s second-largest city. As the industrial outskirts gave way to a skyline dominated by Communist-era block apartment buildings, I grew convinced that I had made a terrible vacation choice.

The windowless entrance to our pension on a grimy block was equally discouraging. The room was unremarkable, with modular furniture that transformed twin beds into a double, but left metal bars protruding from the walls. When I reported to the concierge that our refrigerator was not working, she answered, “Most of them don’t.”

I couldn’t say I hadn’t been warned. A Europe-savvy friend advised me to skip Slovakia and head to Krakow.

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Megalithic Temples of Malta: A UNESCO World Heritage Site;

Malta – Megalithic Temples of Malta

Built between 3600 BC and 700 BC, the Megalithic Temples of Malta have been claimed as the oldest free-standing structures on Earth.

The Wonders Of The Megalithic Temples Of Malta

Historians have always put emphasis on Egypt, Greece, and Mesopotamia when talking about ancient temples. However, the small country of Malta has become a focal point of discussion after the discovery of the Megalithic Temples of Malta. The Megalithic Temples of Malta are ancient temples built over a period of 2900 years with construction commencing in 3600BC, and this makes them one of the oldest free-standing artificial structures in the world. Carbon dating conducted on some of the temples have indicated their date of construction as being 5,500 BC making them the oldest temples in the world, and older than the popular Stonehenge or the Egyptian Pyramids.

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Derwent Valley Mills:A UNESCO World Heritage Site In The UK;

UK – Derwent Valley Mills

An industrial landscape of great significance, the Derwent Valley Mills served as the birthplace of the modern factory, or ‘mill’, system.

Derwent Valley Mills is a historical site located on the banks of River Derwent in Derbyshire, England. The site characterized by the 18th to 19th-century cotton mills of historical significance. The modern factory traces its origin to the Derwent Valley Mills where Richard Arkwright’s new technology of spinning cotton was put to the test. The system was adopted throughout the valley with the system spreading to other parts of the country by 1788. The new technology enhanced the production of cotton which could now be done continuously. The Arkwright’s invention and system of utilizing labor found its way To the Europe and the US. The mills cover an area of 4.7 square miles spanning to 15 miles stretch of the Derwent Valley.

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Durham Cathedral named Heritage Site of the Year; Premier

UK – Durham Castle and Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has been named BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Heritage Site of the Year.

The cathedral was up against stiff competition from Stonehenge, Rutland Water and Tenby for the prestigious award.

More than 56,000 people took part in the vote for a winner.

Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, told Premier: “We are thrilled with this; it’s a fantastic award and an accolade for the cathedral.”

The 11th century cathedral, which is part of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes more than 750,000 visitors a year.

Rev Andrew said that it was easy to balance being both a popular visitors attraction and a place of worship.

He told Premier: “We love having visitors here. Lots of them will come because it’s a beautiful building, world-class architecture with a Romanesque structure.


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Delhi Darshan: The Historical Tour; Aarush Tandon; Tripoto

India – Red Fort Complex

Delhi the capital city of India, one the most happening place in India for tourists from all over the world. This blog features what Delhi has to offer with respect to History.

Red Fort

The Red Fort is a historical fort in the city of Delhi in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the center of Delhi and houses a number of museums.

Constructed in 1639 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad, the Red Fort is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone and is adjacent to the older Salimgarh Fort, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546.

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Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex; Everything Everywhere

Belgium – Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex

From the World Heritage inscription for the Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex:

The Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex is the only surviving printing workshop and publishing house in the world dating back to the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Situated in Antwerp, one of the three leading cities of early European printing along with Paris and Venice, it is associated with the history of the invention and dissemination of typography. Its name refers to the greatest printer-publisher of the second half of the 16th century, Christophe Plantin (c. 1520-1589), and his son-in-law, Jan Moretus I (1543-1610), who took over the best-equipped printing company in Europe upon Plantin’s death. It was thanks to the Moretus family that the firm’s production activities continued in the same location for three centuries, from 1576 to 1867.

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Europe by Rail: 10 Scenic Train Rides You Should Take; Rebecca Mei Dook; Tripzilla

Switzerland – Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

Pick one of these train rides in Europe for a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience!

From Switzerland’s snowy Alps to Italy’s sunny Cinque Terre, there are so many great train journeys to be had in Europe. Here are ten train trips that will have you dreaming about your next European rail adventure…

1. The Bernina Express, Switzerland to Italy

Did you know that a railway can also be a UNESCO World Heritage site? The Rhaetian Railway, running through the alps, is exactly that. This mountainous railroad network connects Switzerland to Italy and runs through a spectacular landscape of deep alpine valleys and soaring snow-capped mountains. You can soak in the scenery on The Bernina Express, a train which takes you from Chur, Davos Platz or St. Moritz in Switzerland right across the border to Tirano in Italy.

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Competition to design new centre at World Heritage-listed convict-era women’s prison; Patrick Hunn; ArchitectureAU

Australia – Australian Convict Sites

The Port Arthur Historic Sites Management Authority (PAHSMA) has opened an architectural design competition for a history and interpretation centre for the Cascades Female Factory site in Hobart. The Cascades Female Factory, Australia’s most significant historic site associated specifically with female convicts, is one of three Tasmanian penal sites managed by PAHSMA that are part of the 11 sites that make up the Australian Convict Sites UNESCO World Heritage property.

The competition calls for a design that will act as a “contemporary and sympathetic” response to the “profound history of the site.” The proposed centre will act as a multipurpose record and data-keeping house, interactive education centre and exhibition and event space.

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