The tradition of horseback fishing for fish and shrimp goes back to the 16th century. Large Belgian Draft horses trawl across the beach with fishing nets attached to their saddles. In Oostduinkerke, at the Belgian coast, this 500-year-old shrimping tradition has remained unchanged, except in 2015, when a small but significant change occurred: for the first time ever, 2 women joined the ranks of what was long considered a “man’s job”. We met up with the women who brave the waves on Belgians weighing up to 1 ton every day.
Located in central #France, the Regional Natural Park of the #Auvergne, with its 400,000 hectares, is the largest volcanic ensemble in Europe. In July 2018, #UNESCO listed the Chaîne des Puys mountains range as a world heritage site. Since then, a whole population has been striving to preserve this priceless heritage. We meet the park wardens studying the minute creatures of these open spaces and the craftsmen producing enamelled lava from the dormant volcanoes.
Auvergne is a historical region in central France, and is now part of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The mostly rural, mountainous area is popular for hiking and skiing, with vast forests and dormant volcanoes such as Puy de Dôme. An abundance of natural hot springs has spawned spa towns such as Vichy, known for its mineral water. Clermont-Ferrand is a busy university city with a stately Romanesque church, Notre-Dame du Port.
To outsiders, Turkmenistan is one of the world’s least known countries. For the first time in ten years, a film crew has been free to visit spectacular excavation sites and follow international researchers into areas that have long been off-limits. Once considered the poorest part of the Soviet Union, oil and natural gas have brought new wealth to Turkmenistan today.
A little known fact in the West is that 4,000 years ago, the country was home to one of the ancient world’s centers of power. Although it flourished around the same time as the advanced civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, the Margiana empire was later largely forgotten. But recently, archaeologists have discovered palace buildings and magnificent burial treasures at the site of the capital, Gonur Depe, in the Karakum Desert. Incredible aerial photography shows the dimensions of the lost metropolis. An international team of researchers also unearthed monumental fortifications in neighboring Ulug Depe.
The ruined cities of Merv and Kunya-Urgench have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Suddenly, historians and the media are paying much more attention to Central Asia. Why has Turkmenistan seen powerful empires rise and fall since the Bronze Age? DNA analysis shows a highly mobile population, whose contacts reached as far as India, the Urals and the Mediterranean Sea. The Silk Road between China and Europe was the world’s most important trade route for thousands of years, lending Turkmenistan great historical significance. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the country has been slowly opening up to international researchers, and its astounding cultural heritage is coming to light.
Rooftop workers who upkeep Paris’ zinc-covered roofs and give the city an aerial view of a distinct color palette, are seeking UNESCO’s recognition for their craft.
The baguette – a mix of wheat flour, water, yeast, salt and a pinch of savoir-faire and as much a symbol of France as the Eiffel Tower – may soon join UNESCO’s listing of cultural treasures.
South Koreas Lantern Festival has won the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage status. It’s an annual festival that dates back centuries and it marks the birthday of Buddha. All across the country you’ll find colourful lanterns decorating temples, houses and streets and there also are large parades with elaborate floats. Unesco said the spring festival was “a time of joy” which “in times of difficulties, plays an important role in…helping people overcome the troubles of the day.” Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage status aims to protect traditions, knowledge and skills which are often inherited through generations, so they are not lost or forgotten as time moves on.
Chūson-ji Temple is the head temple of the Tendai sect in Tōhoku region, Iwate Prefecture. Chūson-jí was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Because “the Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi” were highly evaluated.
Video timeline: 00:00 タイトル（Title） 00:12 月見坂終盤（Tsukimizaka Slope） 00:24 弁慶堂（Benkeidō Hall） 00:50 参道（an approach to Hondō） 01:08 本堂（Hondō Main Hall） 01:27 峯薬師堂（Mine Yakushidō Hall） 02:30 参道（an approach to Konjikidō） 03:01 阿弥陀堂（Amidadō） 03:20 金色堂前（Konjikidō） 03:32 弁財天堂（Benzai Tendō） 04:21 釈迦堂（Shakadō） 04:41 弁財天堂（Benzai Tendō） 05:30 能楽殿（a Noh theater） 05:50 ライトアップ（illuminated temple）
Chūson-jí is a Buddhist temple in the town of Hiraizumi in southern Iwate Prefecture, Japan. It is the head temple of the Tendai sect in Tōhoku region of northern Honshu. The temple claims it was founded in 850 by Ennin, the third chief abbot of the sect.
A walking scenic fairy tail in 4K Gimmelwald is a very originally preserved mountain farming village with around 100 inhabitants. Here we live in close contact with nature and our animals. The village is characterised by flower-decorated chalets in front of the four-thousand-metre high mountain massif of the Jungfrau. The sound of cowbells is usually the only thing that changes the peaceful atmosphere. If you are looking for a truly idyllic holiday resort, you have come to the right place.
Gimmelwald is a small traffic free village in the Bernese Oberland in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland, and is located between Stechelberg and Mürren, at an elevation of 1363 meters. The village is at the foot of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area.
Filmed, Edited by: Milosh Kitchovitch (Amazing Places on Our Planet)
The Olympic National Park is located in the State of Washington, in the Northwest of the United States. It is renowned for its diversity and stunning landscapes, peaks with glaciers, alpine meadows, old growth forest, temperate rainforest, Pacific coastline with some of the wildest and most beautiful beaches in the world. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Locations in the video: Hurricane Ridge (0:01), High Divide Trail (1:40), Sol Duc Falls (1:55), Shi Shi beach (4:53), Realto Beach (5:21), First Beach – La Push (5:50), Second Beach (6:07), Third Beach (6:30), Ruby Beach (6:47), Hoh Rainforest (7:16), Lake Crescent (10:14).
Recorded July 2020 and September 2015 in 4K Ultra HD.
Music: Eguana – Discovering Eguana (compiled by Side Liner) – 1 – In The Sky Eguana – Invisible Civilization – 7 – Cradle For The Star
Located 13,000 kilometres from the French mainland, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Kerguelen archipelago is home to a maritime nature reserve that has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2019. On land, thousands of elephant seals spend their days basking in the sun. The seabed, which has remained untouched, is teeming with rare fish. Hundreds, perhaps even thousands of organisms, have yet to be logged. FRANCE 24 takes you to discover this unique ecosystem.
The Kerguelen Islands, also known as the Desolation Islands, are a group of islands in the Antarctic constituting one of the two exposed parts of the Kerguelen Plateau, a large igneous province mostly submerged by the southern Indian Ocean.