Monthly Archives: January 2013

UNESCO World Heritage Site Challenge: Historic Centre of Córdoba

Another stop on a recent Portugal/Spain road trip was the city of Córdoba. This has definitely been one of my favourite Unesco sites so far, partly because of the fantastic architecture but also because of the fascinating history behind the … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Challenge: Monastery of the Hieronymites and the Tower of Belém

While in Lisbon (Portugal) recently, I got to tick off another Unesco world heritage site. Physically this is two sites, but they are in short walking distance of each other but they classed as one. First the Monastery of the … Continue reading

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Unesco World Heritage Site Challenge: Garrison Border town of Elvas and its Fortifications

This site in Portugal, close to the Spanish border, only became a designated Unesco site in 2012 due the value of the extensive fortifications which took place between the 17th and 19th centuries. Historically, this area was a key point … Continue reading

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Unesco World Heritage Site challenge: Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida

The Emperor Augustus (63 BC – AD 14) established the Roman colony known as Augusta Emerita – later to become modern Mérida – in 25 BC, and today it is designated as a Unesco site due to the plethora of archaeological … Continue reading

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Unesco World Heritage Site challenge: Historic Centre of Évora

The city of Évora, capital of the Alentejo Province lies around 150km south east of Lisbon and is an excellent example of a city from the golden age of Portugal after the destruction of Lisbon by the earthquake of 1755. … Continue reading

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More maps with meals

Last year I wrote a post about Tampopo, a fusion restaurant in Manchester which provides a map as a placemat. Recently in Portugal I found another eatery which was also provided a map, but this time with a little information … Continue reading

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Historical Trans-Atlantic slave trade networks: A reflection

Over the Christmas holidays I’ve been reading the historical novel ‘New York‘ by Edward Rutherfurd – the book charts the development of the city right from its first settlers through a series of characters. Early on in the book there … Continue reading

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