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Sights and sites visited by a single man exploring the world at human speed.
|The name translates from Portuguese into "Black Gold", but that's not oil but real yellow gold that brought fortune and prosperity to that Brazilian city. It was added to the World Heritage Sites list in 1980 because of its exceptional baroque architecture and numerous major buildings, from churches to schools. It's located in the state of Minas Gerais, of which it was for a short while the capital. more...|
|Today, I visited one of the new UNESCO sites of this year... it was added to the list merely 6 weeks ago. Althought, I had already planned to visit the site before it was officially accepted on the list. It's one of the new modern sites now making their way onto the list, representing recent human achievements and visions mostly in terms of architecture. The whole complex is merely 70 years old... but it was so innovative and showcase so many great architecture and art pieces that its inclusion on the list was obvious. more...|
|Ecuador got two magnificent colonial cities. I already talked you about Quito when I arrived in this country. Now that I'm leaving it, I stopped by the other major colonial city : Cuenca. There's a friendly revalry between the two cities as to which is the most beautiful. After spending two weeks in both, I can tell you they're very different and are both very interesting, for various reasons. more...|
|On my journey, in between official UNESCO World Heritate Sites, I also visit locations that are on the tentative list of the World Heritage. That way, if they are accepted later on the list, I will have already visited them. There's a park in Ecuador that is on that tentative list (where it was submitted by the country but not yet accepted officially on the list) that I visited a few days ago. The tentative inscription is both for natural and cultural reasons. This park has a mainland component and an island. In this first article of two, I'll tell you about the island. more...|
|Quito has been an important city for the Inca empire before the arrival of the Spaniards. In 1534, the Spaniards took control of the deserted and mostly destroyed Inca city. They built a new city there, the current Quito. What's remarkable about Quito is that it's by far the most preserved colonial city in the Americas. For many square kilometres, the city just like it was centuries ago if you omit the modern transportation facilities. more...|
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