Wednesday, 26 April 2017

China Danxia

This is a wonderful place in China where mountains are red

China Danxia - Taining Section
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China Danxia is the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red terrigenous sedimentary beds influenced by endogenous forces (including uplift) and exogenous forces (including weathering and erosion). The inscribed site comprises six areas found in the sub-tropical zone of south-west China. They are characterized by spectacular red cliffs and a range of erosional landforms, including dramatic natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls. These rugged landscapes have helped to conserve sub-tropical broad-leaved evergreen forests, and host many species of flora and fauna, about 400 of which are considered rare or threatened. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1335/

Monday, 24 April 2017

Tusi Sites

There are three Tusi sites inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. So far I have two

Laosicheng Tusi Domain
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The Tusi Site of Laosicheng is located in Sicheng Village of Lingxi TownYongshun CountyHunan ProvinceChina.
Located by the riverside of Lingxi River, the upstream section of Niulu River which is the second-level tributary of You River, Laosicheng site is the first world cultural heritage site in Hunan province, and also the largest, earliest and best-preserved ancient Tusi city in China. The relics unearthed included the Hall of Patriarch, Patriarch Temple of the Peng clan, the tombs of Tusi chieftains, ancient streets, ancient city walls, memorial arches, bronze bells and stone horses. it is known as a sacred place of the Tujia culture. - in: wikipedia

Tangya Tusi Domain
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The Tusi Site of Tangya is located in Tangya TownXianfeng CountyHubei ProvinceChina. It is one of the three Tusi sites designated by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, On July 3, 2015. The site is the historic capital of Qin clan Tusi of Tangya, the Qin clan were the rulers of the Tangya Tusi and hereditarily governed a territory of 600 square kilometres (230 sq mi) for four centuries in the modern-day Xianfeng County. As the capital, the site was built in 1355 (late Yuan dynasty) and abandoned in 1755 (Qing dynasty). - in: wikipedia

The three sites (in red what I have):
  • Site of Laosicheng Tusi Domain
  • Site of Tangya Tusi Domain
  • Site of Hailongtun Tusi Fortress

Chengjiang Fossil Site

Thanks to this postcard, I have now all the UNESCO World Heritage sites from China! At leat until new inscriptions...

Chengjiang Fossil Site
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The Chengjiang Fossil Site, located in the Province of Yunnan, China, conserves fossil remains which are of exceptional significance. The rocks and fossils of the Chengjiang Fossil Site present an outstanding and extraordinarily preserved record that testifies to the rapid diversification of life on Earth during the early Cambrian period, 530 million years before present. In this geologically short interval, almost all major groups of animals had their origins. The diverse geological evidence from the Chengjiang Fossil Site presents fossil remains of the highest quality of preservation and conveys a complete record of an early Cambrian marine community. It is one of the earliest records of a complex marine ecosystem and a unique window of understanding into the structure of early Cambrian communities. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1388

Yin Xu

This is the largest archaeological site in China and is famous for its oracle bones

Yin Xu
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The archaeological site of Yin Xu, close to Anyang City, some 500 km south of Beijing, is an ancient capital city of the late Shang Dynasty (1300 - 1046 BC). It testifies to the golden age of early Chinese culture, crafts and sciences, a time of great prosperity of the Chinese Bronze Age. A number of royal tombs and palaces, prototypes of later Chinese architecture, have been unearthed on the site, including the Palace and Royal Ancestral Shrines Area, with more than 80 house foundations, and the only tomb of a member of the royal family of the Shang Dynasty to have remained intact, the Tomb of Fu Hao.

Yin Xu
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The large number and superb craftsmanship of the burial accessories found there bear testimony to the advanced level of Shang crafts industry. Inscriptions on oracle bones found in Yin Xu bear invaluable testimony to the development of one of the world’s oldest writing systems, ancient beliefs and social systems. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1114

Stoclet House

The Stoclet's house is one of the most refined and luxurious private houses of the twentieth century and is considered the masterpiece of the architect Josef Hoffmann

Stoclet Palace
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The Stoclet Palace (FrenchPalais StocletDutchStocletpaleis) is a mansion in BrusselsBelgium
The Stoclet Palace was commissioned by Adolphe Stoclet (1871-1949), a wealthy industrialist and art collector. He chose 35-year-old Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956), a founder member of the Vienna Secession, a radical group of designers and artists established in 1897. Hoffman abandoned fashions and styles of the past and produced a building that is an asymmetrical compilation of rectangular blocks, underlined by exaggerated lines and corners
The mansion is still occupied by the Stoclet family and is not open to visitors. - in: wikipedia

Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex

This house-museum is associated with the history of the invention and spread of typography.

Plantin-Moretus Museum
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The Plantin-Moretus Museum (DutchPlantin-Moretusmuseum) is a printing museum in AntwerpBelgium which focuses on the work of the 16th century printers Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus. It is located in their former residence and printing establishment, the Plantin Press, at the Vrijdagmarkt (Friday Market) in Antwerp.
The printing company was founded in the 16th century by Christophe Plantin, who obtained type from the leading typefounders of the day in Paris. Plantin was a major figure in contemporary printing with interests in humanism; his eight-volume, multi-language Plantin Polyglot Bible with Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and Syriac texts was one of the most complex productions of the period. - in: wikipedia

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Abbey of St Gall

On the way back from Austria we stopped in St Gallen and we were amazed with the beauty of the interior of the cathedral! Actually, all city is quite interesting but the bad weather made the visit very short

Abbey of St Gall

The Abbey of Saint Gall (GermanAbtei St. Gallen) is a Roman Catholic religious complex in the city of St. Gallen in Switzerland of a dissolved abbey (747-1805). The Carolingian-era monastery has existed since 719 and became an independent principality between 9th and 13th centuries, and was for many centuries one of the chief Benedictine abbeys in Europe. It was founded by Saint Othmar on the spot where Saint Gall had erected his hermitageThe library at the Abbey is one of the richest medieval libraries in the world. The city of St. Gallen originated as an adjoining settlement of the abbey. Following the secularization of the abbey around 1800 the former Abbey church became a Cathedral in 1848. - in: wikipedia 

Abbey of St Gall
The Convent of St Gall, a perfect example of a great Carolingian monastery, was, from the 8th century to its secularization in 1805, one of the most important in Europe. Its library is one of the richest and oldest in the world and contains precious manuscripts such as the earliest-known architectural plan drawn on parchment. From 1755 to 1768, the conventual area was rebuilt in Baroque style. The cathedral and the library are the main features of this remarkable architectural complex, reflecting 12 centuries of continuous activity. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/268

Abbey of St Gall
The interior of the Cathedral is one of the most important baroque monuments in Switzerland

Abbey Library of St Gall
The Abbey Library of Saint Gall was founded by Saint Othmar, the founder of the Abbey of St. Gall. During a fire in 937, the Abbey was destroyed, but the library remained intact.
The library collection is the oldest in Switzerland, and is one of earliest and most important monastic libraries in the world. It holds 2,100 manuscripts dating back to the 8th through the 15th centuries, 1,650 incunabula (printed before 1500), and old printed books. The library holds almost 160,000 volumes, and most are available for public use. Books published before 1900 are to be read in a special reading room. - in: wikipedia