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In the Iberian Peninsula and more specifically in Portugal, Douro is the river with a greater extent of almost 100 000 km². Douro has 10 properties inscribed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list, among which the Alto Douro Wine Region, the Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley, the Historic Centre of Guimarães and the Historic Centre of Oporto deserve special attention. This very last was a meeting place, an axis of circulation and relations where along different historical times, many different peoples and cultures met - the Celts, the Romans, the Swabians, the Visigoths, the Arabs, the Jews and the Christians. This territory is particularly rich from an intercultural point of view. The people who inhabited the Iberian Peninsula built here a multicultural mosaic perhaps unique in the world. In fact, many generations of people with different cultures and different faiths lived together here.

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Historic Centre and the Eggenberg Castle

— the City of Graz (AUSTRIA)

The city centre of Graz is famous for its small lanes, living places and historic buildings. The oldest house was built in the 12th century, situated near the Schloßberg, the “green hill” in the middle of Graz, where you have a splendid view over Graz. Palaces from 16th and 17th century and the ancient residence of the emperors of Austria are some of the city's highlights. The Palace Eggenberg is an exceptional example, situated in the middle of a beautiful baroque garden. The palace represents the course of the year: 4 towers (seasons), 52 rooms (Weeks), 365 windows (days). Contemporary architecture, like Murinsel and Kunsthaus, are a beautiful contrast to this historic setting.

— Tourist Office for Flanders

The Painted Churches in the Troodos Region

— the Tourism Organization (Cyprus)

The Alto Douro Wine Region

— Quaternaire Portugal (PORTUGAL)





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Although it's one of Europe's smaller countries, Belgium is home to no less than eleven World Heritage sites. The Flemish 'cities of the arts' are the best places to explore this huge diversity, ranging from the impressive medieval belfry towers to the intimate and serene beguinages. Bruges is world-renowened for its historical centre, but there is so much more to see! Brussels allows you to discover the stunning houses Art Nouvea architect Victor Horta designed in the late 19th and early 20th century, as well as the Grand Place, one of Europe's most beautiful squares with a very troubled, but fascinating history. Did you know that Karl Marx worked on his Communist Manifesto while he stayed in a house located at the Grand Place? And in Antwerp, for example, one can find the Plantin Moretus complex, a testimony of the world's greatest printing workshop of the late 16th century. The diversity of these World Heritage sites is huge, but above all, they emphasize centuries of creativity!

Cyprus, hosting a gorgeous heritage, puts the focus on the Painted Churches in the Troodos region where one of the largest groups of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire can be found. The 10 monuments included on the World Heritage List are all richly decorated with murals, and provide an overview of Byzantine and post-Byzantine painting in Cyprus. They range from small churches whose rural architectural style is in stark contrast to their highly refined decoration, to monasteries such as that of St John Lampadistis. All ten sites churches located in Troodos date from the 11th to the 17th centuries and can be geographically divided into three regions: the Solea route (Nikitari – Galata - Kakopetria), the Marathasa route (Κalopanagiotis – Moutoulas - Pedoulas) and the Pitsilia route (Lagoudera – Platanistasa – Pelendri - Palaichori).

Italy has an outstanding heritage. 49 are the UNESCO WH sites disseminated throughout the Italian landscape and just by considering this huge heterogeneity that a precise strategy was adopted in the selection of the Italian WH sites to be part of the EUheritage Tour cultural route, ensuring a proper geographical coverage and offering a touristic route mixing together well known WH sites - such as the mystic Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi or the beautiful Sassi and the Rupestrian Churches of Matera; intimate places attesting the Etruscan civilization - such as the intriguing Necropolis of Cerveteri and Tarquinia; but also a few unique “hidden gems” - such as the serial sites “Longobards in Italy”, linking together multiple places across Italy, from the North to the South.

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The historic urban ensemble of the canal district of Amsterdam was a project for a new ‘port city’ built at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. It comprises a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval port that encircled the old town and was accompanied by the repositioning inland of the city’s fortified boundaries, the Singelgracht. This was a long-term programme that involved extending the city by draining the swampland, using a system of canals in concentric arcs and filling in the intermediate spaces. These spaces allowed the development of a homogeneous urban ensemble including gabled houses and numerous monuments. This urban extension was the largest and most homogeneous of its time. It was a model of large-scale town planning, and served as a reference throughout the world until the 19th century. The outstanding contribution made by the people of the Netherlands to the technology of handling water is admirably demonstrated by the installations in the Kinderdijk-Elshout area. Construction of hydraulic works for the drainage of land for agriculture and settlement began in the Middle Ages and have continued uninterruptedly to the present day. The site illustrates all the typical features associated with this technology – dykes, reservoirs, pumping stations, administrative buildings and a series of beautifully preserved windmills. Extending 135 km around the city of Amsterdam, this defence line (built between 1883 and 1920) is the only example of a fortification based on the principle of controlling the waters. Since the 16th century, the people of the Netherlands have used their expert knowledge of hydraulic engineering for defence purposes. The centre of the country was protected by a network of 45 armed forts, acting in concert with temporary flooding from polders and an intricate system of canals and locks.

Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht


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Alentejo is a land marked by the influence of different civilizations and cultures who have settled here. Varied and beautiful, comprising two outstanding World Heritage sites, Évora and the Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications. Évora is a "must see" for everyone coming to the Alentejo in search for cultural heritage, inscribed to World Heritage list in 1986.  Évora is also known as "White City" and the "Museum-City". Elvas represents the largest bulwarked dry-ditch system in the world and it is considered as the "guardian" of the key border crossing between Portugal’s capital Lisbon and Spain’s capital Madrid, in an undulating, riverine landscape.

Monumental majesty and inventiveness are the intrinsic characteristics of the one of the largest cities in Alentejo, with a display of a wonderfully preserved and unique heritage. It comprises a castle, city halls and a aqueduct, forts and churches - there`s so much to discover. Get a move on!

The Historic Centre of Evora

— the Alentejo Tourism ERT (PORTUGAL)

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