Tag Archives: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Tours: The Ancient Mayan City Of Calakmul, Mexico

Walk with us through the ancient Mayan city of Calakmul, Mexico. Our guide, Erik Mendicuti Polanco, takes us through this UNESCO World Heritage Site that doubles as the largest protected tropical forest in Mexico. The combination between the Mayan architectural style known as Petén with miles and miles of protected forest creates stunning, lush views unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Video timeline: 0:00 Introduction 0:31 The Largest Protected Tropical Forest in Mexico 1:11 History of Calakmul 2:28 Petén Architectural Style 3:17 Origins of Calakmul 3:58 Walking Up the Sacred Mountain of Calakmul 4:52 The Best View in the Mayan World 5:45 Into the Rain

Walks: Drottningholm Palace Gardens, Sweden

The Drottningholm Palace Gardens and Park

Drottningholm’s gardens and park are among Sweden’s most prominent contributions to Europe’s garden design and landscaping. As you stroll around, you’ll explore different artistic ideals from various centuries.

The history of the gardens begins when Drottningholm was taken over by the Dowager Queen Hedvig Eleonora in 1661. To help her develop a new pleasure garden, she commissioned Nicodemus Tessin, who was inspired by the French landscape architect André Le Nôtre’s proposal for the Château of Vaux-le Vicomte in France. Tessin was also heavily inspired by the gardens of the Palace Versailles.

The Baroque parterre garden—closest to the palace—has an intricate embroidery design originally inspired by Vaux-le Vicomte. Walking further into the park, you are greeted by a water parterre with ten pools and cascades. Beyond the cascades, there are four hedge groves surrounded by pine hedges, and the finale: a large bush called “the star.” The garden would later receive an outer frame with four linden tree-lined avenues. The oldest lindens are from Hedvig Eleonora’s time.

Views: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada (4K)

A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Banff is also Canada’s oldest national park and one of its most popular. Encompassing 6,641 square kilometer of pristine alpine wilderness, the park sits in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and is home to some of North America’s most spectacular scenery. Emerald lakes, snowcapped peaks, waterfalls, glaciers and rich forest provide the backdrop to a wealth of wildlife.

Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885. Located in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, 110–180 kilometres west of Calgary, Banff encompasses 6,641 square kilometres of mountainous terrain, with many glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes.

Views: Diocletian’s Palace Ruins, Split, Croatia (4K)

Diocletian’s Palace is an ancient palace built for the Roman emperor  Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, which today forms about half the old town of Split, Croatia. While it is referred to as a “palace” because of its intended use as the retirement residence of Diocletian, the term can be misleading as the structure is massive and more resembles a large fortress: about half of it was for Diocletian’s personal use, and the rest housed the military garrison.

The complex was built on a peninsula six kilometres southwest from Salona, the former capital of Dalmatia, one of the largest cities of the late empire with 60,000 people and the birthplace of Diocletian. The terrain around Salona slopes gently seaward and is typical karst, consisting of low limestone ridges running east to west with marl in the clefts between them. Today the remains of the palace are part of the historic core of Split, which in 1979 was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Travel & Architecture: Bologna – The City Of Porticoes & Arcades

Roman Ruins: Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, Italy (4K)

Hadrian’s Villa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the ruins and archaeological remains of a large villa complex built c. AD 120 by Roman Emperor Hadrian at Tivoli outside Rome. The site is owned by the Republic of Italy and has been managed since 2014 by the Polo Museale del Lazio. 

Travel: Germany’s New World Heritage Sites

Take a look at Germany’s new UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We take you to the spa towns of Baden-Baden, Bad Ems and Bad Kissingen, as well as the artist colony Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt. We will also show you the Jewish heritage cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz, and follow the footsteps of the Romans along the limes.

Views: Retiro Park & Paseo Del Prado In Madrid, Spain

UNESCO has added Madrid’s historic Paseo del Prado boulevard and Retiro Park to its list of world heritage sites.

The Buen Retiro Park, Retiro Park or simply El Retiro is one of the largest parks of the city of Madrid, Spain. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park. In 2021, Buen Retiro Park became part of a combined UNESCO World Heritage Site with Paseo del Prado.

The Paseo del Prado is one of the main boulevards in Madrid, Spain. It runs north–south between the Plaza de Cibeles and the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V (also known as Plaza de Atocha), with the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo (the location of the Fuente de Neptuno, and of the Ritz and Palace five-star hotels) lying approximately in the middle. The Paseo del Prado forms the southern end of the city’s central axis (which continues to the north of Cibeles as the Paseo de Recoletos, and further north as the Paseo de la Castellana). It enjoys the status of Bien de Interés Cultural (BIC), and as part of a combined UNESCO World Heritage Site with Buen Retiro Park.