Category Archives: UNESCO

UNESCO World Heritage Site Challenge: Convent of Christ in Tomar

I’ve been lucky to have visited many of Portugal’s Unesco World Heritage Sites, and one that I’ve driven quite close to but never actually visited, until recently, was the Convent of Christ in Tomar. With its origins as a stronghold … Continue reading

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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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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Maritime Greenwich

A recent trip to London allowed me to tick off Maritime Greenwich off the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site List. I’ve been to London hundreds of time for work and leisure, but I’ve never made it over to this … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Site Challenge: Alto Douro Wine Region

Back in April I visited the Wine Region, an area of northern Portugal which has been producing wine for over 2000 years, inscribed as a UNESCO site in 2001. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Site Challenge: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Last month I had the chance to visit Kew Gardens has been officially considered a heritage site since 2003 due to its outstanding universal value. “Since their creation in 1759, the gardens have made a significant and uninterrupted contribution to … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Historic Centre of Rome

Rome, the centre of the Roman Empire, and the capital of the Christian world since the 4th century. The historic centre of the city was given world heritage status in 1980, and extended in 1990. Rome is full of ancient … Continue reading

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