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Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn, Estonia, 1997. "The origins of Tallinn date back to the 13th century, when a castle was built there by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order. It developed as a major centre of the Hanseatic League, and its wealth is demonstrated by the opulence of the public buildings (the churches in particular) and the domestic architecture of the merchants' houses, which have survived to a remarkable degree despite the ravages of fire and war in the intervening centuries." Photo by @travelizer #unesco #unescoworldheritage #estonia #tallinn

Taj Mahal, India, 1983. "An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage." Photo by @waili #unesco #unescoworldheritage #india #tajmahal #agra

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1996. "The island of Itsukushima, in the Seto inland sea, has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. The first shrine buildings here were probably erected in the 6th century. The present shrine dates from the 12th century and the harmoniously arranged buildings reveal great artistic and technical skill. The shrine plays on the contrasts in colour and form between mountains and sea and illustrates the Japanese concept of scenic beauty, which combines nature and human creativity." Photo by @bespokeadventures #unesco #unescoworldheritage #japan #Itsukushima #Shinto #Shrine

Old City of Berne, Switzerland, 1983. "Founded in the 12th century on a hill site surrounded by the Aare River, Berne developed over the centuries in line with a an exceptionally coherent planning concept. The buildings in the Old City, dating from a variety of periods, include 15th-century arcades and 16th-century fountains. Most of the medieval town was restored in the 18th century but it has retained its original character." Photo by @trekksoft #unesco #unescoworldheritage #berne #switzerland

Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout, Netherlands, 1997. "The outstanding contribution made by the people of the Netherlands to the technology of handling water is admirably demonstrated by the installations in the Kinderdijk-Elshout area. Construction of hydraulic works for the drainage of land for agriculture and settlement began in the Middle Ages and have continued uninterruptedly to the present day. The site illustrates all the typical features associated with this technology – dykes, reservoirs, pumping stations, administrative buildings and a series of beautifully preserved windmills." Photo by @magicalroute #unesco #unescoworldheritage #netherlands #kinderdijk #windmills

Independence Hall, United States of America, 1979. "The Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution of the United States (1787) were both signed in this building in Philadelphia. The universal principles of freedom and democracy set forth in these documents are of fundamental importance to American history and have also had a profound impact on law-makers around the world." Photo by @discover_phl #unesco #unescoworldheritage #usa #philadelphia #independencehall

Palace and Park of Versailles, France, 1979. "The Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Embellished by several generations of architects, sculptors, decorators and landscape architects, it provided Europe with a model of the ideal royal residence for over a century." Photo by @_ric_k #unesco #unescoworldheritage #france #versailles

Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square, Germany, 1981. "This magnificent Baroque palace – one of the largest and most beautiful in Germany and surrounded by wonderful gardens – was created under the patronage of the prince-bishops Lothar Franz and Friedrich Carl von Schönborn. It was built and decorated in the 18th century by an international team of architects, painters (including Tiepolo), sculptors and stucco-workers, led by Balthasar Neumann." Photo by @be_blessed #unesco #unescoworldheritage #germany #würzburg

Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct), France, 1985. "The Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50 m high and is on three levels – the longest measuring 275 m – created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece." Photo by @ariiinnn #unesco #unescoworldheritage #pontdugard #france

Historic Centre of Florence, Italy, 1982. "Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre-eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be seen above all in the 13th-century cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), the Church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, the work of great masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo." Photo by @jepalmer100 #unesco #unescoworldheritage #florence #firenze #tuscany #italy

Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey, 1985. "In a spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion, the Göreme valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries that provide unique evidence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period. Dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns – the remains of a traditional human habitat dating back to the 4th century – can also be seen there." Photo by @doorsofcappadocia #unesco #unescoworldheritage #worldheritage #turkey #cappadocia

Historic Center of Oporto, Portugal, 1996. "The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro river, is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history. Its continuous growth, linked to the sea (the Romans gave it the name Portus, or port), can be seen in the many and varied monuments, from the cathedral with its Romanesque choir, to the neoclassical Stock Exchange and the typically Portuguese Manueline-style Church of Santa Clara." Photo by @slawek.uk #portugal #porto #douro #europe #unesco #unescoworldheritage #worldheritage

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