UNESCO Adds Medieval Sites to World Heritage List

Medieval sites in Sicily, Korea and Turkey were among those selected to be added to UNESCO World Heritage list this week. During meetings held at Bonn, Germany, over 20 sites from around the world were added to the list, which now stands at over 1,000 landmarks and areas.

The most prominent medieval site added this year is Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale on the island of Sicily. The entry was made up of nine buildings, including churches and palaces, which were built during the 12th century when the island kingdom was ruled by the Normans.

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In the 1930s and 40s, Italian fascist Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) tried to eliminate foreign words from Italian. In soccer, “goal” became “meta” and Donald Duck became “Paperino.” Mickey Mouse became “Topolino” and Goofy became “Pippo.” Although the ban (and Mussolini) are gone, these words remain common in Italian.

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Just four days after being launched into orbit, Europe’s Sentinel-2A satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a view of the ‘colour vision’ that it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

The satellite’s first acquisition began in Sweden and made a strip-like observation through central Europe and the Mediterranean, ending in Algeria.

While northern and central Europe was mostly cloudy, Italy’s sunny weather allowed the teams in Matera ground station to get their first glimpse of the multispectral instrument’s capabilities over the northwestern part of the country and the French Riviera – and they were excited by what they saw.

Sentinel-2 will be the base for a wide spectrum of applications reaching from agriculture to forestry, environmental monitoring to urban planning, 
image credit: Copernicus data (2015)/ESA