The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes, France

The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000   The Loire Valley has an extraordinarily beautiful cultural landscape, with its historic cities and towns, grandiose castles and palaces with unique architectural exuberance, and a showcase of cultivated lands that have

University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares, Spain

  University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998   Founded in the early sixteenth century by Cardinal Cisneros, Alcalá de Henares was the first planned university city and then served as a model for universities around the world. Urbanistically,

Palace and Park of Versailles, France

Palace and Park of Versailles, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979   The Palace of Versailles was the main residence of the French Kings from Louis XIV until Louis XVI. Throughout this period, it was embellished by the best architects, sculptors, decorators and landscapers in

Aranjuez Cultural Landscape, Spain

  Aranjuez Cultural Landscape, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001 The Aranjuez Cultural Landscape is rich and varied due to the encounters between nature and human activity, winding waterways and geometric gardens, the rural and the urban, the wild forest and the delicate architecture of

Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct, Spain

Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985   The historic centre of Segovia is a symbol of the complex history of the city.  During the medieval period, Moors, Jews and Christians coexisted in the city, each culture leaving its

Old Havana and its Fortification System, Cuba

Old Havana and its Fortification System, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982   During the seventeenth century, the city of Havana was already one of the largest shipyard centres in the world. Despite the great size of its metropolitan area today, its historic centre maintains

Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches, Spain

Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985   The old town of Ávila, founded in the eleventh century, maintains its medieval structure intact with its Gothic cathedral and its fortifications, with 82 semi-circular towers and nine access gates

Historic City of Toledo, Spain

  Historic City of Toledo (Recognition as UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1986)   Throughout its more than 2,000 years of history, Toledo has been a Roman municipum, the capital of the Visigothic kingdom, a fortress of the Emirate of Cordoba and temporary seat of supreme power of the

Historic Walled Town of Cuenca, Spain

Historic Walled Town of Cuenca, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.   Built in the heart of the Caliphate of Cordoba and reconquered in the 12th century, Cuenca has an unusually well-preserved historical centre with influences of a wide variety of styles and cultures.  The

Colonial City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Colonial City of Santo Domingo, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990   After the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the island of the Dominican Republic in 1492, the first cathedral, hospital, customs house and university in the American continents, were built in the city of

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