The earliest construction on Namhansanseong began in 672 when a fortress was erected on the side of Namhan Mountain as a means of defense against the Chinese.The building was maintained by successive rulers for hundreds of years until it was greatly expanded in the 17th century in anticipation of Manchu invasions.Today it is owned by a member of the Hohenlohe German dynasty, but is still open to the public, allowing visitors to enjoy this vestige of Carolingian design.Store Heddinge, Denmark Located on the southeastern edge of Zealand, Stevns Klint is an important geological marker.Temples, theaters, gymnasiums, and other ancient buildings remain on the acropolis that stands above the modern town of Bergama.Hoxter, Germany The Westwork (part of the Imperial Abbey of Corvey) dates back to the Carolingian era, a period of medieval rule by the Franks during the ninth century.Gujarat, India Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen's Stepwell) was built in honor of Bhimdev I, a ruler of the Solanki dynasty in western India, by his widowed wife in 1050 A. The stepwell was built to look like an inverted temple, with seven levels descending downward and culminating in a pool at the bottom.One of the largest remaining stepwells of its type, the Rani-ki-Vav stands as an important example of the stepwells built in India beginning in the third millennium B.
Bergama, Turkey Dating back as far as the fourth century B. (and perhaps farther), the city of Pergamon has a long history of changing hands, ruled at various points by the Greeks, the Persians, and the Romans.
The amazing man-made structures and natural landscapes that comprise the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites are awe-inspiring, and now there are more of them than ever.
This year, the World Heritage Committee added 26 inscriptions to the list, bringing more sites of cultural, natural, and historical importance under the protection of the United Nations.
The Okavango Delta is home to countless animal species (400 species of birds alone inhabit the area) and it is one of the few remaining places where the endangered African Wild Dog can still be seen in abundance.
Five distinct ethnic groups also occupy the Delta, nearly all of which still practice traditional subsistence farming, hunting, and fishing lifestyles.