Hadrian’s Wall: Who built it and why was it so important?; The Week UK

UK of Great Britain & Northern Ireland – Frontiers of the Roman Empire

Famous Roman ruin celebrates 30 years as Unesco World Heritage Site.

For nearly 300 years, Hadrian’s Wall marked the north-west frontier of the Roman empire.

Dating back to at least 122AD, when emperor Hadrian visited the British Isles, the wall this year celebrates its 30th anniversary as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Here’s what you need to know about its history.

Who was Hadrian?

Hadrian ruled the Roman Empire from 117AD-138AD, inheriting control of a civilisation in its prime which had thrived on a policy of endless expansion and conquest.

Known as the “‘people’s king’ because he travelled with his troops and ate the same rations”, says The Independent, he “laid the foundations of the Byzantine Empire and changed the name of Judea to create Palestine, among other legacies”.

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2017 Lumbini International Steering Committee Meeting; UNESCO

Nepal – Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha

The 2017 Lumbini International Steering Committee (ISC) Meeting will be taken place from 17 to 19 February 2017 in Lumbini, Nepal.

In January 2015, a very first cross-cutting Lumbini ISC Meeting was jointly organized in Lumbini by the Nepali authorities and UNESCO, bringing together high-level officials of the Nepali Government, representatives of the local authorities, international experts, representatives of UNESCO and the Donor country, various NGOs, and representatives of the Buddhist community from Lumbini and Kathmandu. Together, they worked on finding solutions for a holistic approach to property management, adequately linking preservation imperatives and development requirements, and started a regular consultation process.

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Canal Cruising in France; Tim Murphy; Cruising World

France – Canal du Midi

Five knots — by boat and by bike — is the ideal pace to take in the old stone, the sublime landscapes and the terroir delicacies of southern France.

Even if it weren’t for the grapevines of Minervois, Corbières and Limoux descending in rows down from the snow-topped Pyrenees and severe Massif Central mountains into the Aude Valley; even if it weren’t for the thousand-year-old stained glass, great Gothic arches, and layers of local marble and sandstone recalling the Paleolithic, Roman and medieval people who walked the hills and built the walls around us; even if it weren’t for the mild Mediterranean climate, encounters with the easygoing people of the Languedoc region, and the world-class delicacies they serve from their own backyard — even if it weren’t for all these things, I would come to the Midi just for the canal bridges.

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Spain’s Stonehenge – the heart and soul of Andalusia in ancient Antequera; Alan Hazel; A Luxury Travel Blog

Spain – Antequera Dolmens Site

Little known outside of Andalusia until recently, the ancient city of Antequera in Malaga province has gained a lot of international recognition of late. Much of this renewed attention comes thanks to the Antequera Dolmens Site being awarded a UNESCO World Heritage designation in July of 2016; however, the town has held strategic importance for millennia. So old is the settlement, dating back at least as far as the Bronze age, that the Romans already named the site Antequaria, the ancient city, before the time of Christ.

Today Antequera is known as “the heart of Andalusia” for its central location midway between Malaga to the south and Cordoba to the north, Sevilla to the west and Granada to the east.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda Receives An A-Plus Renovation; Lauren Walser; National Trust for Historic Preservation

USA – Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

Thomas Jefferson designed the University of Virginia’s Academical Village to fit his vision for learning as a lifelong and shared experience. Set around an expansive lawn, the village (now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site) included classrooms, dining facilities, and housing.

The centerpiece, though, was the dome-topped library. Known as the Rotunda, it was still under construction when Jefferson died in 1826. After a fire ravaged much of the building in 1895, the interior was redesigned by McKim, Mead and White, and numerous changes and restoration efforts followed—the latest of which was completed this past August.

With UVA’s extensive archives and building documents to guide them, crews replaced the Dome Room’s plaster capitals with wooden replicas of the original carved column detailing. In the north and south porticos, the restoration team replaced the clockworks and the marble column capitals.

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Separation of Church and State in Medieval Anatolia; Hugh Jeffrey; Brewminate

Turkey – Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği

The Çaltısuyu, a tributary of the Euphrates, flows through the dramatic canyons of eastern Anatolia. At around 1,225 meters above sea level, it emerges onto a barren highland plateau overlooked by the crumbling remains of a medieval castle. The small town of Divriği lies on the gentle slope beneath. Although its ornate thirteenth-century mosque has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, few tourists make the journey to this remote and mountainous region.

Accessibility is usually something of a prerequisite for the establishment of a new town. Quite the opposite was true for Divriği. This site was first settled around the middle of the ninth century CE by a group of religious dissidents known as Paulicians.

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Work in the shadow of Uluru at this resort job in Australia; Alex Butler; Lonely Planet

Australia – Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Want to work in one of Australia’s most famous and significant sites? The Ayers Rock Resort is looking for someone who wants to work and play near Uluru, the incredible rock formation that is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Within the park is Yulara village, which also is home to the park’s only accommodation. The Ayers Rock Resort is a complex that includes four hotel and apartment complexes, a campground, spa and more.

The resort is seeking an activities coordinator, who will be in charge of conducting activities like sporting and themed events for staff and residents in Yulara. According to the job listing, the successful applicant will be tasked with scheduling and operating leisure, sport and social activities for Yulara, as well as promoting the activities.

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5-Minute Read: Around The World In A Rainbow-Coloured Filter; Crystal; Trip101

Colombia – Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

Although the myth of finding a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow may not hold true, there’s plenty of gold around us if you would take a look around – flourishing greenery amongst pristine lakes are just one of the many wonderful creations that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us.

Keep your seatbelts strapped on tight as we bring you to 7 of the most vibrant places around the world.

1. A sea of red in the Miharashi no Oka fields, Hitachi Seaside Park

Take a day trip off the mainland of Tokyo to the Hitachi Seaside Park, where the sprawling landscapes are dyed with an array of colours all year round. Hitch a ride on the Giant Flower Ring Ferris Wheel, where the panoramic views of blooming flora amidst calm seas will wash all your worries away.

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A Provincial Government in Indonesia Wants to Develop UNESCO World Heritage Rainforest; Jonathan Emont; Time

Indonesia – Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

A burly russet-haired male orangutan swings through the trees of Leuser National Park, a massive rainforest habitat in Northern Sumatra, attempting to chase off a band of hikers who have appeared in his section of forest. Not far away, a massive blue-brown peacock caws, seeking out a mate. It is just a few miles of hiking from the base camp of Bukit Lawang, but the Sumatran rainforest buzzes with the sounds of animal life: monkey’s hoots, warbles of tropical birds, the buzzing of insects.

The Leuser ecosystem is the largest intact rainforest in Sumatra, and a UNESCO World Heritage site that is treasured for its extraordinary biodiversity: it’s the only place left on earth where rhinos, elephants, tigers, and orangutans roam in a single forest.

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The Perfect 5 Day Travel Itinerary For The Dordogne Valley In France; Yaya & Lloyd; Hand Luggage Only

France – Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France

The Dordogne Valley is arguably one of the most beautiful places to visit in France and one that’s very easily overlooked in favour of more popular parts of France. Thing is, even for us who live in the UK and are only about an hour or so away from it, the Dordogne valley was one we’d overlooked for ages until last summer where we finally got to spend 5 days exploring this amazing part of France.

Why is it so special? Well, it’s France like you’ve probably pictured it in the movies and from magazines. Crumbling, higgedly-piggedly villages, endless vineyards with promise of amazing wines, chateau that leave you in awe and more Michelin star restaurants than you can shake a stick at.

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