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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: 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: Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City

I had the fortunate opportunity of living in the city of Liverpool for seven years so this will probably always be my most visited UNESCO site. Having this incredible architectural sight on my doorstep meant I had plenty of opportunities … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1987 based on its architectural importance, both of the palace itself and the landscapes park designed by the famous ‘Capability’ Brown. The palace is home to the 11th Duke of … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

One of my favourite UNESCO world heritage sites so far has to be Ancient Thebes and the Necropolis. Although now I appear to be following a career in Geography, my passion when I was younger was Egyptology. I studied the … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: The Tower of London

I’ve had the opportunity to visit this site many times, though the pictures shown here are from my trip in 2009. In 1598 John Stow in the Survey of London described the Tower of London as: “This Tower is a … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Ksar Ait-Ben-Haddou

As I mentioned in the previous UNESCO post, I made a trip to Morocco in 2006, and on the way to the Sahara we stopped off at Ait Ben-Haddou. The Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou is a remarkable example of the traditional … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Medina of Marrakesh

In 2006 I made a relatively last minute trip to Morocco. Based in Marrakesh, I spent a few days exploring the city before travelling across Morocco, and into the Sahara, for a camel trek and a night in the desert. … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast

The Giant’s Causeway and Causeway coast, Northern Ireland, were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 due to its outstanding geological and natural features. The Causeway and surrounding bays and headlands are all volcanic. Millions of years of … Continue reading

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