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Seville, Spain

Lying on the banks of the Guadalquivir, it is one of the largest historical centres in Europe. The cathedral was built from 1401–1519 after the Reconquista on the former site of the city's mosque. It is the largest of all medieval and Gothic cathedrals, in terms of both area and volume. Some columns and elements from the mosque were reused, and most famously the Giralda, originally a minaret, was converted into a bell tower. The Real Alcázar facing the cathedral is the city's old Moorish Palace; construction was begun in 1181, continued for over 500 years, mainly in Mudéjar style, but also in Renaissance. Its gardens are a blend of Moorish, Andalusian, and Christian traditions.
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Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

Most outstanding prehistoric monument in the British Isles and World Heritage Site, STONEHENGE is like walking among the ancient people who mapped the course of the sun and the moon to build this monument. The largest stones in the circle are Sarsen stones, brought from the Marlborough Downs 19 miles (30 km) away and the smaller stones, known as the Bluestones, are from the mystical Preseli Mountains in Wales, 240 miles (385 km) away. It was constructed in three main phases: 3050 BC (5050 years ago), the circular ditch and bank (a henge); Circa 2600 BC (4600 years ago), the wooden structure constructed at centre; 2500 – 1500 BC (4500 – 3500 years ago), stone monument constructed, arranged and re-arranged over almost 1000 years.
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Mont Saint Michel, France

From an immense bay swept by the strongest tides in Europe rise Mont Saint Michel, originally part of the mainland. From the sixth century there were hermits living on Mont Saint Michel and in the early 8th century, Aubert, bishop of Avranches built a shrine there in honour of Saint Michael who had appeared to him in a vision. The Mont’s reputation as a place of worship and pilgrimage became firmly established under the influence of Richard II Duke of Normandy. During the war between Philippe Auguste and the Duke of Normandy in the 12th century, Mont Saint Michel was put to the torch. In order to make reparation, the king donated a substantial sum of money which was to fund building work of the Merveille (Marvel), two three-storey buildings, crowned by the cloister and the refectory, considered as one of the jewels of Gothic architecture.
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The Maya World, Mexico

3000 years of history, a monumental architecture, an iconography of sacrifice. The first settlements of the Mayas with permanent structures began in the Early Preclassic Period around 1000 BC. Maya culture reached its developmental peak during what is known as the Classic Period (AD 200 to 900). After it began a period of decline until their complete disappearing which saved them from the Spanish colonization.
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Campeche, Mexico

Founded in 1540, Campeche City was the first Spanish settlement of the Yucatan Peninsula and served as one of the most important ports in America, exporting forest products. Actually tourists attraction for the upper-class Spanish mansions, churches and other colonial buildings still standing.
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The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

The building of the Alhambra began in 889 with the rebuilding of the Alcazaba and ended in 1461 with the Tower of Princesses, few time before the fall of the Nasrid Dynasty founded by Muhammad I in 1238. The Catholic Monarchs entreated the custody of the Alhambra to a family of nobles who kept the place in good shape. However we had to wait for the XIX century and the passion expressed by the Romantics (Chateaubriand, Washington, Irving, Théophile Gautier, Victor Hugo) for the beauty of the place to give it back its nature a universal jewel, registered as World Heritage since 1984.
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Syria

Geographic, strategic and commercial cross, it was to be also the cross of civilizations… Syria carries the vestiges of the History of Humanity and keeps one of the most important archaeological heritages in the world. From the Nabatean Empire to Muslims, through Roman and Byzantine civilizations, the crusaders and the Muslims conquest with its flourishing art, images are gathering the expression of this History.
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