The Paestum ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are comprised of three major Greco-Roman temples and a number of smaller ruins. Visiting Paestum can be a highlight of a trip to Italy. We visited in the off season and had the ruins completely to ourselves.
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One of the things we actively seek out on our travels are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. What are they? The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee was chartered to recognize and protect natural and cultural sites around the world after the near-destruction of several important sites in Egypt. A UNESCO World Heritage Site has outstanding value to all of humanity. Examples include the the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador and the Grand Canyon as natural wonders. For cultural significance, UNESCO has recognized Independence Hall in Philadelphia and the Acropolis of Greece. Visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a always an enjoyable and educational experience.
Rising up on a hill above the modern town of Granada, the Alhambra gleams with shades of red, orange, and yellow at sunset. This Moorish fortress-turned-palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important locations in all of Spain.
Seville is…special. Somehow, when I start telling people about places I love in the world, Seville usually makes the list. And there’s good reason for it – the city’s UNESCO sites, the Seville Alcazar and Cathedral, are both important and beautiful.
One of the most iconic images of Spain comes from a town in Andalusia: the candy cane stripes of La Mezquita Cordoba. But how this architecture came about is the subject of a rich, but complicated history.
I’m a sucker for gardens. I find there is just something magical about Europe’s grand palace gardens. From the Schonbrunn in Vienna to Powerscourt in Ireland, Europeans know how to set a spectacle. But there are perhaps none grander the Versailles gardens in France.
So much about this 5000-year-old mound is a mystery.