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Quai Branly Museum, Paris, France

Surrounded by trees on the banks of the Seine, the Musée du Quai Branly is a vast showcase for non-European cultures. With its angular forms and protuding, coloured metal boxes, Jean Nouvel's peculiar building is a surprisingly baroque construction, a hotchpotch of visual metaphors: a bridge museum between Europe (the one continent not represented here) and the four other continents that are; a river; a snake; a tropical jungle within an urban one.
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Notre Dame de Paris, France

Begun in 1163 by the architect Maurice de Sully and completed in about 1345, Notre Dame ranks as one of France's finest examples of Gothic architecture. During its long life, besides being a resplendent medieval cathedral, Notre Dame was reportedly set on fire during the Commune of 1871, when the Communards rose against the French government in the wake of their defeat during the Franco-Prussian war. It has also been the site of many historical events, including the crowning of Henry VI of England in 1430 and the marriage of the Catholic Marguerite de Valois to the Huguenot (Protestant) Henri of Navarre in 1572.
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Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Formal seat of government to the end of the Ancien Régime, the present structure of the Louvre Museum dates back almost a thousand years and has evolved in stages since the 16th century until the glass Pyramid built by I. M. Pei, inaugurated in 1989 for the bicentenary of the French Revolution.
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Ancient Greece

Traditionally, the Ancient Greek period was taken to begin with the date of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC, but many historians now extend the term back to about 1000 BC. The traditional date for the end of the Ancient Greek period is the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC (The following period is classed Hellenistic) or the integration of Greece into the Roman Republic in 146 BC. Pictures of the Acropolis, Delphi, Corinth, Epidaurus, Olympus illustrate the photographer’s journey into the Ancient Greece.
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Roma, Imperial City, Italy

Heart of the antique and imperial city, the Forum started rising from the swampland during the ninth century BC. The rising of Phoca’s Column in 608 concluded the glorious season of the Roman Forum, symbol of the domination of the Empire upon the rest of the world. With the decline of the Empire and the progressive depopulation of Rome into the Middle Ages the swampland reappeared and the disuse transformed the glorious Forum into a vulgar pastureland. Nero decided to build the Colosseum after the fire of 64 AD that destroyed a goodly part of the city. The amphitheatre was inaugurated in 80 AD with spectacles and games that lasted, according to sources of the time, one hundred days, during which thousands of wild animals and many gladiators were killed in combat.
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Pompeii, Italy

UNESCO World Heritage Site, lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1748, Pompeii provides an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire.
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Florence, Italy

City of Renaissance which gave to birth many of the men who have more profoundly influenced the course of human history in every field of knowledge, art, literature and philosophy, most of the world artistic patrimony is believed to be here, in Florence.
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