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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (or simply UNESCO) manages the World Heritage List, which contains 911 properties with outstanding universal value. As you’ll probably have never heard of most of these World Heritage Listings, Europeish highlights ten amazing properties from a different country every month. This month: Spanish World Heritage.
1. Alhambra (Grenada)
The Alhambra in Granada, in the south of Spain near the Sierra Nevada, is a large medieval palace, built by the former Moorish rulers of the region. This amazing site (it is one of the 7 European Wonders of the World) is home to a lot of Islamic art and architectural beauties. UNESCO has limited the amount of people that can visit the Alhambra every day, so booking your visit in advance is recommended.
It’s sad to see that there’s only one of the original Seven Wonders of the World left; the Pyramid of Giza. The other six Wonders have been destroyed over time, most of them by Mother Nature’s fury.
Several projects and foundations have tried to come up with lists with new Wonders of the World, such as the Seven Wonders of the Modern World or the New7Wonders (which is still open for votes), ever since.
As true Europofiles (is that a word?), we honestly believe that there are more than enough amazing man-made creations to be found in Europe, to create a list with the Seven European Wonders of the World.
1. Colosseum, Rome (Italy)
In 72 AD, the Romans started with building the Colosseum. This amphitheater, where over 1,5 million slaves and wild animals were killed, was initially named Amphitheatrum Flavium (after emperor Flavio), but even the old Romans knew a thing or two about branding. The majority of the Colosseum is still in tact, despite several earthquakes and brutal wars.