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Quinta da Regaleira - Portugal 

Quinta da Regaleira is a UNESCO world heritage listed estate near Sintra Portugal. The estate features a palace, a chapel, a lake, grottoes and fountains, and was once home to millionaire entomologist, Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro. 

There are two wells on the property, that have spiral staircases lining their walls. The wells were never used as an actual water source, instead they were used for ceremonial purposes, such as Tarot initiation rites. The design of the tunnels themselves connect to Tarot mysticism, with the number of stairs and landings all being symbolic to tarot. Tunnels connect the two wells, and also lead to various monuments and caves around the property. 

Shah Jahan Mosque, Thatta, Pakistan.

The Shah Jahan Mosque was built in the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It has been on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage list since 1993.

This mosque was built in 1647 during the reign of Mughal King Shah Jahan, also known as the builder King. The mosque is built with red bricks with blue coloured glaze tiles probably imported from another Sindh’s town of Hala. The mosque has overall 100 domes and it is world’s largest mosque having such number of domes. It has been built keeping acoustics in mind. A person speaking inside one end of the dome can be heard at the other end.

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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka.
Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located in the central Matale District between the towns of Dambulla and Habarane on a massive rocky plateau 370 m above the sea level. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.
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Shah Jahan Mosque, Thatta, Pakistan.

The Shah Jahan Mosque was built in the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It has been on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage list since 1993.

This mosque was built in 1647 during the reign of Mughal King Shah Jahan, also known as the builder King. The mosque is built with red bricks with blue coloured glaze tiles probably imported from another Sindh’s town of Hala. The mosque has overall 100 domes and it is world’s largest mosque having such number of domes. It has been built keeping acoustics in mind. A person speaking inside one end of the dome can be heard at the other end.

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Domes Of Shah Jahan Mosque, Thatta, Pakistan. (Part II)

The Shah Jahan Mosque was built in the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It has been on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage list since 1993.

This mosque was built in 1647 during the reign of Mughal King Shah Jahan, also known as the builder King. The mosque is built with red bricks with blue coloured glaze tiles probably imported from another Sindh’s town of Hala. The mosque has overall 100 domes and it is world’s largest mosque having such number of domes. It has been built keeping acoustics in mind. A person speaking inside one end of the dome can be heard at the other end.

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Shah Mosque - Isfahan, Iran

Located on the south site of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, it was built between 1611-1629 during the Safavid dynasty. The mosque was intended by Shah Abbas I to be the crown jewel in the Naqsh-e Jahan Square & replaced the much older Jameh Mosque in conducting the Friday prayers. The polychrome tiles in the dome which is the largest in the city were intended to give the spectator a sense of heavenly transcendence.

The mosque is listed along with the square as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s depicted on the reverse of the Iranian 20,000 rial banknote. The name of the mosque was changed by the government following the revolution in 1979 to Imam Mosque. It is regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian-Islamic architecture.

Another 5 Random Facts about Italy

- Italy has 3 active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna, and Stromboli.

- Italy is often called the Bel Paese, which means beautiful country.

- Italy is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites - more than 50. (Click here for the list.)

- Italy has 20 regions and many islands.

- Italy speaks a national language, which was based on the Tuscan dialect, but each region still speaks its own dialect.

Mt Fuji - Japan

The highest mountain in Japan, Mt Fuji is an active strato-volcano, located 100km from Tokyo. The volcano is known for its symmetrical cone, which is snow capped for several months of the year. It is one of the most well known symbols of Japan, and is often depicted in art and photographs. It is one of the most popular places for tourists to visit in Japan.  It was added to the UNESCO world heritage list as a significant cultural site in 2013. Until 1868, women were not able to visit the mountain, as it was considered too sacred. 

Because of all the geothermal activity in the area, there are many natural hot springs in the areas surrounding the volcano. Some local hotels offer outdoor geothermal spas, that feature great views of Mt Fuji.

Even before the The Masters’ Houses and the Bauhaus building itself were included on the #
UNESCO World Heritage List because of their unique cultural heritage there had been a world wide interest in the buildings designed by Walter Gropius.

Now the restoration and rebuilding of the historical buildings has been completed it is possible once again to get a complete impression of the ensemble, despite the fact that two of the original seven buildings are no longer there.

Photo © Ralph Graef

Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart, Germany, 1927. Le Corbusier & Mies van der #Rohe. Photo © Daimler AG // Le Corbusier, as one of the most important architects of the 20th century, has provided significant contributions to modern architecture through his buildings and theoretical treatises. The international dimension of his work and lasting effect form the grounds for initiatives to inscribe his entire work in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Under direction of the French UNESCO Commission and the French Ministry of Culture, an international working group began its task in September 2004. This group is also joined by Stuttgart, the State Capital, and by the Historic Monument Authority of the State of Baden-Württemberg.