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Kurzeme Region, Latvia

Abava Valley Cultural Landscape

Until its independence from the Soviets in 1991, the Abava River valley, a region that developed during the Middle Ages along the route to Germany, had remained immune to the modern age.
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Vientiane, Laos

Vat Sisaket

Paradoxically, Vat Sisaket is the oldest and newest monastery in the Laotian capital.
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Balatonfüred, Hungary

Spa Center Historic Ensemble

Hungarians wanting to take the cure in the late 18th and 19th centuries went to the baths at Balatonfüred to soak in restorative carbon-rich waters.
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Achaia, Greece

Helike Archaeological Site

In 2001, after years of searching, archaeologists came upon the long-lost site of Helike, a Classical Greek city buried under meters of silt on the southwest shore of the Gulf of Corinth.
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Cities of Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi, Poti, and Dusheti, Georgia

Art Nouveau Buildings

Georgia is renowned for its ancient monuments but a more recent layer of history is reflected in its towns' marvelous array of Art Nouveau building; all done in the style of the turn of the 19 century.
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Castelnau-Pegayrolles, Aveyron, France

Château Aqueduct

The aqueduct system is a rare example of medieval water architecture, which survived through the 1960s in essentially working order.
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Sohag, Egypt

White and Red Monasteries

Two monastic churches, among the best-preserved in Egypt, stand at the edge of civilization near the village of Sohag, amid what may be one of the richest surviving Coptic archaeological sites.
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Cairo, Egypt

Sabil Ruqayya Dudu

Among the most ornate eighteenth-century structures still standing in the historic center of Cairo, the Sabil Ruqayya Dudu is a rare example of Rococo-influenced Ottoman-period architecture.
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Nebílovy, Plzeň Region, Czech Republic

Nebílovy Mansion

The unused country house is a regular sight throughout the Czech Republic.
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Kutna Hora, Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic

Heavenly Father Chapel

In its earliest days, the Heavenly Father Chapel had a dual purpose: its lower level was a depository for human bones while the upper level was a chapel where one could celebrate the requiem mass.
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Trinidad, Valle de los Ingenios, Cuba

San Isidro de Los Destiladeros

Sugar mills were an industrial force in the Trapiche region of Cuba beginning in the late-eighteenth century.
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Babang Village, Sichuan Province, China

Palpung Monastery

Remote Palpung Monastery, accessed by a single road, remains a thriving Buddhist university.