Discovery Coast

In the east of Brazil
In the east of Brazil

It doesn’t look like a typical Brazilian scene. And it doesn’t look like it is the richest place in the world for its biodiversity. And this is the reason that makes Discovery Coast a World Heritage Site.

But it just looks great to me.

Iguacu

Iguacu Falls plus rainbow
Iguacu Falls plus rainbow

This is another World Heritage site to be found in Brazil: the Iguacu National Park.

And in the park can be found the incredible Iguacu Falls.

Ouro Preto

In the south east of Brazil
In the south east of Brazil

Since the city of Rio de Janeiro has won the 2016 Olympics I thought I would check out some of the World Heritage Sites in Brazil.

The small city of Ouro Preto is on of Brazil’s sites.

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As you can see it is not only an historic city with stunning architecture, it is also a living, working city.

La Grand Place

In the centre of Brussels, Belgium
In the centre of Brussels, Belgium

This square in the centre of Brussels is a World Heritage Site.

I visited this place last month. It is not the biggest square I have seen, like Tianenmen Square in Beijing or Red Square in Moscow, but it is surrounded by some beautiful buildings and some delicious waffle shops.

Machu Picchu, view from above

Only 60km from Cuzco
Only 60km from Cuzco

A World Heritage Site since 1983, and constantly voted in many polls as one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, this 15th century Inca city is one of the most amazing man-made sights. It is in Peru, not far from the mountain city of Cuzco.

This view from above is taken from the mountain which is often seen in photos standing behind the city.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu in Peru was built around the year 1450, but abandoned a hundred years later, at the time of the Spanish invasion. It is 2,430 meters above sea level and is often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”.

Machu Picchu is now a tourist attraction and about 400,000 people visited the site last year.

Here is a photo which shows all its beauty.

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‘A teardrop on the cheek of time’

The famous Indian Nobel-winning writer Rabindranath Tagore described the Taj Mahal as ‘a teardrop on the cheek of time.’

In 1631 Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of Emperor Shah Jahan died during the birth of their 14th child. The emperor was so sad that he ordered a tomb to be built for her. The Taj Mahal was finished in 1648 and is now the tomb of both Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan.

This is a picture of Mumtaz.

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Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is more than 350 years old. It is near the city of Agra in India, not so far from the capital city New Delhi. Maybe you can see that the four towers are not straight, they lean away from the main building. This is because if there is an earthquake then the towers will  fall outwards and will not destroy the building!

It is one of the most famous buildings in the world.

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