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Chateau Gaillard, Les Andelys, Normandy, France

Built by Richard the Lionheart in 1196, Chateau Gaillard became French in 1204 after the terrible siege of 1203. Destroyed by Henry IV in 1603 and classified as Monuments Historiques in 1852. Romantic and evocative sight on the hill with far reaching views over the Seine Valley
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Malta

Inhabited for over 7000 years since Neolithic times, remnants of the earliest civilisations still remain on the island in the form of large stone temples at Tarxien, Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, and Gozo. After the disappearance of the Neolithic culture around 2000BC, Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans conquered the island. In 1530 Charles V handed Malta over to the Knights. Napoleon attacked and conquered the island in 1798 but by 1800 the Maltese forces and the British Navy, led by Nelson, drove the French out. The British Throne took over Malta and for 160 years ruled the Islands. In 1964 Independence was granted and Malta became a neutral republic.
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Royal Tombs, Abbey Church Of Saint Denis, France

Along with its role as the birthplace of Gothic architecture, the Abbey Church of Saint-Denis also continued as the burial site of French kings spanning from the Merovingian era (AD 447-751) to the later Bourbon dynasty (1589-1789 and 1814-1830). The rich sculptural art of the church includes both striking Biblical figures created during the Late Romanesque and Early Gothic era of Suger, and a notable series of Late Gothic tomb effigies of French rulers.
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Amiens' Cathedral, France

The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Amiens is the largest gothic church in the whole of France. This is no mean feat in a country which contains such buildings as Chartres, Notre Dame de Paris, Troyes, Beauvais etc. The Cathedral was begun in 1220 and, incredibly, was finished just 50 years later. The speed of construction means that Amiens is also one of the purest of all gothic Cathedrals with a conformity across the whole building. The frontage of the Cathedral is one of the most elegant and perfect examples of medieval architecture. Considering the devastation meted out on Amiens during World Wars I and II, the Cathedral incredibly survived intact.
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Dougga, Tunisia

Situated in the mountains inland Tunisia, 550 metres above sea level, area densively populated by the Numidians. One of the capitals of Massinissa, a Roman ally and contender to Carthage. First, served as an important military post; became a regional administrative centre with the arrival of the Romans (146 BC). Abandoned and deserted with the Vandals invasions (5th century).
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Carthage, the Roman city, Tunisia

Aware as he was of the strategic importance of the site, Caesar contemplated the re-building of the city in 47-46 BC but it was Augustus who carried out the plan in 29 BC. The new city was given the name of its founders Colonia Julia Carthago and became the capital of a vast and rich province.
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Carthage, the Punic city, Tunisia

Founded in 9th century BC by Dido from Tyre, it was to play a decisive role in the history of the western Medditerranean for many centuries until its destruction in 146 BC.
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