Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct

Brief description

The Roman aqueduct of Segovia, probably built c. A.D. 50, is remarkably well preserved. This impressive construction, with its two tiers of arches, forms part of the setting of the magnificent historic city of Segovia. Other important monuments include the Alcázar, begun around the 11th century, and the 16th-century Gothic cathedral.

Unesco WHS list ref: 311

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Vizcaya Bridge

Brief description

Vizcaya Bridge straddles the mouth of the Ibaizabal estuary, west of Bilbao. It was designed by the Basque architect Alberto de Palacio and completed in 1893. The 45-m-high bridge with its span of 160 m, merges 19th-century ironworking traditions with the then new lightweight technology of twisted steel ropes. It was the first bridge in the world to carry people and traffic on a high suspended gondola and was used as a model for many similar bridges, only a few of which survive. It is regarded as one of the outstanding architectural iron constructions of the Industrial Revolution.

Unesco WHS list ref: 1217

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Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System

Brief description

This 16th century aqueduct is located between the states of Mexico and Hidalgo, on the Central Mexican Plateau. This heritage canal system encompasses a water catchment area, springs, canals, distribution tanks and arcaded aqueduct bridges. The site incorporates the highest single-level arcade ever built in an aqueduct.

Unesco WHS list ref: 1463

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Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge

Brief description

In the 14th century, this city in the South of France was the seat of the papacy. The Palais des Papes, an austere-looking fortress lavishly decorated by Simone Martini and Matteo Giovanetti, dominates the city, the surrounding ramparts and the remains of a 12th-century bridge over the Rhone. Beneath this outstanding example of Gothic architecture, the Petit Palais and the Romanesque Cathedral of Notre-Dame-des-Doms complete an exceptional group of monuments that testify to the leading role played by Avignon in 14th-century Christian Europe.

Unesco WHS list ref:  228

We visited this French site on a family holiday in the 1980s. I remember standing by the huge palace looking down over the half bridge.

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Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)

Brief description

The Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50 m high and is on three levels – the longest measuring 275 m – created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece.

Unesco WHS list ref:  344

We visited this French site many years ago during a family holiday. I remember it was in the days when people were allowed to venture out onto the narrow top section – but we didn’t!

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Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad

Brief description

This 179.5m long bridge represents Ottoman monumental architecture and civil engineering. It has 11 masonry arches with spans of 11 m to 15 m, and an access ramp at right angles with four arches on the left bank of the river.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1260

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Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar

Brief description

The historic town of Mostar, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town and during the Austro-Hungarian period in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which it is named. In the 1990s conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned architect Sinan, was destroyed. The Old Bridge however has been rebuilt.

Unesco WHS list ref:  946

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