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Why Jordanian city As-Salt, the Middle East's newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a different kind of UWHS

 Ahmad Quaisieh This ancient, relatively small city northwest of Jordan's capital Amman, where minarets and church towers share the skyline, was added by UNESCO in 2021, Interestingly, it was not so much for those mosques and churches per se, nor its unique architectural style, Ottoman mansions, Roman tombs, Ayyubid citadel, and Islamic shrines, but rather as a "place of tolerance and urban hospitality" - qualities more sorely needed in today's world than ever before. BBC Travel published an…

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Landscape of Light: Celebrating the city of Madrid's very first UNESCO World Heritage Site

José Balido   Congratulations are in order! UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) has just this summer honored Spain's capital city with its first World Heritage Site designation, elevating Madrid to the ranks of destinations with districts or monuments worth preserving for future generations (the larger Madrid community surrounding the capital already had UNESCO sites, including the royal complexes of El Escorial and Aranjuez, which make marvelous day…

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Marking its 500th anniversary, UNESCO World Heritage Old San Juan remains an atmospheric classic   El Viejo San Juan is the core of one of the Americas' oldest still existing cities, and this year Puerto Rico has been marking the 500th anniversary of its founding in 1521 by Juan Ponce de León (of Florida Fountain of Youth fame). Its strategic location made it the first stop of many merchant and military ships traveling from Spain to the rest of the empire's colonies, so it's packed not just with the requisite cobblestone streets, plazas and charming Spanish…

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Le Morne Brabant Peninsula in 'Bel Ombre a Comely Corner of Mauritius'

ViewApart Located on a sparsely populated stretch of the south coast of this Indian Ocean island country east of Madagascar and the African mainland, Bel Ombre is a village of fewer than 5,000 permanent residents, and about an hour's drive south of the capital Port Louis, . But since the advent of tourism in the past few years, this area has developed a diverse lodging as well as dining scene, from upscale luxury resorts to relatively modest inns and guesthouses. And here are the half dozen…

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  • Of the 1,154 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list to date, 52 in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East are currently listed as endangered for various reasons, including war/civil strife, environmental degradation, neglect, and encroachment by development which compromises some sites' historical/cultural integrity. Here's that troubled list:
    UNESCO World Heritage Centre - List of World Heritage in Danger
    UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • Plenty of non-Portuguese have heard of fado, but very few of this country's other UNESCO World Heritage song tradition, called "cante alentejano" - polyphonic, a capella, and named after the region where it originated, the Alentejo, which borders Spain. Here's a UNESCO video which gives a good overview:
  • Samarkand is a UNESCO sites that's a fabled Silk Road "Crossroad of Cultures," and Uzbekh authorities have been restoring and rebuilding mosques, palaces, and other historic landmarks since Soviet times. But National Geographic recently reported that concerns about how they have been going about it in Samarkand have been coming increasingly to the fore. Read about the controversy here:
    The controversy behind this Silk Road city’s ancient wonders
    In Uzbekistan, debate simmers around whether restoration in Samarkand preserves or erases history.
  • An interesting video of about the royal palaces of Abomey, a UNESCO World Heritage. Located a three-hour drive inland from Benin's capital Porto-Novo and 2½ from its largest city Cotonou, the compound was the centre of the Dahomey kingdom which from 162 through the end of the 19th century became rich and powerful especially thanks to the transatlantic slave trade. Dahomey conquered surrounding peoples, then sold them to European slavers. It's a sobering reminder that the evils of chattel slavery were the responsibility not just of white Europeans by of black Africans victimising other black Africans:
  • In honor of Black History Month in the USA, MSN's Travel Noire channel cites top historic sites in sub-Saharan Africa, many inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage list.
  • Have  you ever been to Cote Divoire  to  visit Grand Bassam , a great old  Unesco city.Come and visit this great place and you will love it

  • Oasis Eco Camp is an exclusive family friendly, alcohol free getaway on the shores of Lake Elementaita Kenya. Set in the midst of a natural acacia forest and bushes, it is home to abundant birdlife, with the lake area boasting of over 450 species of birds.

    The camp provides a serene, quiet and peaceful natural environment, conducive for romantic getaways, family retreats, friends getaways, birding enthusiasts, bush weddings and for corporate team building. The camp has been designed with minimum impact on the environment.

    Accomodation ranges from self catering cottages, catered bandas, safari style large walk in tents to a campsite by the Lake. All the rooms are furnished with comfortable rustic beds with warm  linen and are suited with clean modern flush toilets with hot showers and are solar powered.

    Attractions and activities include,birding walks along the lake with a dip at the lakes hotspring, hiking and biking to nearby hills, bush breakfasts by the lake. Being centrally located, the camp can be used as a base to tours Lake Nakuru Park, Menengai Crater, Kariandusi prehistoric site and Hells Gate park . Its proximity from Nairobi, an hour and half's drive from city towards Nakuru, makes it the perfect GETAWAY!

  • Of the 21 Heritage sites in the USA, three are in New Mexico. With Seven Directions|Cultural and Sustainable Tours you will travel from the north to the south of New Mexico and enjoy them all!

  • Lakes Nakuru, Elementaita and Bogoria in Kenya were recently declared world heritage sites. Lots of birdlife, wildlife and terrific scenery. Stay in our camp and enjoy these Lakes.

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