Hiraizumi – Temples, jardins et sites archéologiques représentant la Terre Pure bouddhiste

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Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land comprises five sites, including the sacred Mount Kinkeisan. It features vestiges of government offices dating from the 11th and 12th centuries when Hiraizumi was the administrative centre of the northern realm of … Lire la suite­­

Himeji-jo

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Himeji-jo Himeji-jo is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture, comprising 83 buildings with highly developed systems of defence and ingenious protection devices dating from the beginning of the Shogun period. It is a masterpiece of construction in wood, combining function with aesthetic appeal, both in its elegant appearance unified by the … Lire la suite­­

Haut Svaneti

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Upper Svaneti Preserved by its long isolation, the Upper Svaneti region of the Caucasus is an exceptional example of mountain scenery with medieval-type villages and tower-houses. The village of Chazhashi still has more than 200 of these very unusual houses, which were used both as dwellings and as defence posts against the invaders who plagued … Lire la suite­­