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UNESCO: Every Person Must Visit These 18 Greek Monuments; Philip Chrysopoulos; Greek Reporter

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UNESCO advises travelers to Greece to visit 18 monuments that are an absolute must as World Heritage Monuments.

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Three sites in the Region of Western Greece secure funding for restoration, preservation and maintenance works; Greek City Times

Three sites in the Region of Western Greece have secured 7.5 million euros in EU funding for the restoration, preservation and maintenance works to be covered by the Western Greece Region, the culture and economy ministries. One of the sites, the Xenokrateio school building in the town of Messolongi will be converted into a museum that…

Source: Three sites in the Region of Western Greece secure funding for restoration, preservation and maintenance works — Greek City Times

Beautiful World Heritage Sites; MSN

Greece – Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

PALMYRA, SYRIA

An important cultural center of the ancient world, the historic city of Palmyra dates back to 1st century A.D. Known as the ‘Venice of the Sands,’ it is situated between Damascus, the capital of Syria, and the city of Deir al-Zour.

THE RIDEAU CANAL, CANADA

Over 200 kilometres in length, this waterway joins the Canadian cities of Ottawa, on the Ottawa River, and Kingston, on Lake Ontario. Operated by Parks Canada, the canal encompasses sections of the rivers, Rideau and Cataraqui, along with a few lakes. Originally built with military purposes in mind, today it is mainly used for boating and was designated as a World Heritage Site in 2007.

MOSI-OA-TUNYA / VICTORIA FALLS, ZAMBIA AND ZIMBABWE

Located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Mosi-oa-Tunya are regarded among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Part of Zambezi River, the 108m high falls produce the largest curtain of falling water anywhere on the planet and were declared a World Heritage Site in 1989.

IGUAZU NATIONAL PARK, ARGENTINA

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UNESCO: Every Person Must Visit these 18 Greek Monuments; Philip Chrysopoulos; Greek Reporter

Greece – Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

UNESCO advises travellers to Greece to visit 18 monuments that are an absolute must as World Heritage Monuments.

UNESCO has branded a total 1,073 sites as World Heritage Monuments, and 18 of them are located in Greece:

The Acropolis: The Parthenon and the other buildings on the Athenian hill – known also as “the sacred rock” – are masterpieces of classical architecture. Completed in 5th Century BC, they are still influential in blending harmonic architecture with natural surroundings.

Aigai (modern-day Vergina): The first capital of the Kingdom of Macedon, home of Alexander the Great, and burial ground of his father, Philip II of Macedon. It is decorated with mosaics and stuccoes and has a burial ground with over 300 and remains that are fairly well-preserved.

Delphi: The sanctuary of Delphi, home of the oracle of Apollo, sits at the foot of Mount Parnassus.

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Divine architecture at Apollo Epicurius Temple in Peloponnese; Tornos News

Greece – Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

In the central Peloponnese, at Vasses in ancient Figaleia, at an elevation of 1.130 metres, stands the eternally proud temple of Apollo Epicurius. The inspiration behind its construction and the architect is considered to be the great Ictinus. This universal architectural gem was the first of the great monuments of Greece to be recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1986. The temple can be approached from Ilia, after an enchanting journey along the banks of the river Neda, or from Tripoli and Megalopolis.

Vasses (ancient Bassae) was always a sacred place, host to numerous temples. The region’s name means “little valleys”. And indeed, the mountainous Peloponnesian land creates a magical landscape and within it rises the imposing site of the temple. The mountains of Kotylio, Lykaio, Tetrazio and Elaio stand guard around the valley of Vasses.

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