Get Outta Here! Podcast: The Ukrainian Vienna

Most of the headlines about Ukraine have centered on impeachment and the war with Russia for control of the eastern half of the country. AP Rome correspondent Frances D’Emilio paid a visit to Chernivtsi, a charming, bustling college town with a university campus that’s a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Historic Japanese castle nearly destroyed by fire

A fire has burned down structures at Shuri Castle on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, nearly destroying the UNESCO World Heritage site. (Oct. 31)

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French baguettes: a “savoir faire” worth protecting

At 2am when even the most energetic Parisians are calling it a night, Jean-Yves Boullier is getting up to start baking off his first batch of iconic “tradition” baguettes. “There’s nothing in them but flour and savoir faire,” says the 46-year-old, who, after 30 years of baking experience, hopes that the baker’s union will succeed in securing UNESCO World Heritage status for the baguette, whose popularity has declined with the rise of gluten-free alternatives and low-carb diets.

Greek World Heritage site host first contemporary art exhibition

A sculpture of a man by artist Antony Gormley basks in the sun in Delos – a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its archaeological riches – as the Greek island hosts a contemporary art exhibition for the first time. Twenty-nine sculptures by Antony Gormley representing the human body in real dimensions are scattered among the ancient Greek ruins until the exhibition ends October 30th.

Screens shielding ancient Ethiopian churches worry locals

Residents of the Ethiopian town of Lalibela worry that massive tarpaulin screens erected to protect ancient churches could collapse and destroy the historic churches. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978, the Lalibela churches are unique. They are carved from rock and sit below ground level, surrounded by deep, dry moats, with only their roofs visible.

Danger of collapse at Gjirokastra, Albania’s slanted city

The fortified centuries-old houses of Gjirokastra, that earned the Albanian city the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage site designation in 2005, are endangered. Some are deserted, falling into disrepair, or undergoing changes that have destroyed their historic value, with owners either unable to agree on the works or too poor to maintain them. Citizens, authorities and NGOs are fighting to preserve this world heritage jewel.

Medina Azahara inscribed to UNESCO World Heritage list

The ruins of ancient caliphate city Medina Azahara near Cordoba, Spain, have been inscribed on UNESCO list as World Heritage Site, following the annual session of the World Heritage Committee, for its outstanding cultural and historical value.

Lascaux caves

Overlooking the village of Montignac in France’s Dordogne region, the Lascaux Caves are an underground art treasure, classified as a Unesco World Heritage site. Discovered in 1940, the site was closed to the public in 1963 because high visitor numbers were causing damage to the paintings. VIDEOGRAPHIC

Restored Wonder: Palmyra revived in 3D thanks to 1,000s of drone images

Russian researchers have created an ‘unprecedented’ model of the Syrian city of Palmyra, based on thousands of drone images. The project will now be passed to Syria to help it preserve and restore the UNESCO World Heritage site ravaged by ISIS. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8sl8

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The hidden biodiversity in Nicaragua’s volcanic lagoons

The Apoyo Lagoon in Nicaragua is one of the 12 lagoons of volcanic origin that run parallel to the Central American country’s Pacific coast, which the government will nominate to become a UNESCO World Heritage site for their astonishing biodiversity.

Lascaux caves

Overlooking the village of Montignac in France’s Dordogne region, the Lascaux Caves are an underground art treasure, classified as a Unesco World Heritage site. Discovered in 1940, the site was closed to the public in 1963 because high visitor numbers were causing damage to the paintings. VIDEOGRAPHIC