International Day of Monuments and Sites 2018
2018’s International Day of Monuments and Sites is on April 18th. The theme of this year’s International Day of Monuments and Sites is Heritage for Generations. The hashtag #heritage4generations was made to spread awareness via social media.
To celebrate this holiday, here’s a list of the main monuments and sites of the countries that Vineworks partners with.
Haiti: Citadelle Laferrière
- Citadelle Laferrière is depicted on local currency, stamps and postcards and has become the symbol of Haiti’s independence and strength. It is the largest fortress in the Americas and was built to defend against a French attack that fortunately never happened.
Kenya: Fort Jesus
- Fort Jesus was built by the Portuguese from 1593-1596. It is located in Mombasa and was built to protect Mombasa’s port.
- Photo by Konstantinos Dafalias
- Aksum is an ancient city in Ethiopia. It’s remains are located near Ethiopia’s northern border. It portrays the wealth and importance of the Aksumite kingdom that lasted from the 1st to the 8th century A.D. This city holds the Church of Saint Mary of Zion, which some believe once held the Ark of the Covenant.
- Photo by Rod Waddington
Peru: Machu Picchu
- Machu Picchu is the most tangible and significant legacy of the Inca civilization. It is a religious, astronomical, and agricultural center of the Inca people and contains 200 structures.
- Photo by Brian Snelson
India: Taj Mahal
- The taj Mahal is a mausoleum that was built to memorialize Emperor Shah Jahan’s favourite wife. It is located in Agra and was built from 1631 and 1648. The building is considered the most impressive architectural work in all of Indo-Islamic architecture.
- Photo by Joel Godwin
U.S.: Statue of Liberty
- The Statue of Liberty is a hollow statue located on an island at the entrance to New York Harbor. It was designed by Frédéric Bartholdi in France as a gift to America, and was completed in 1876. It is made of thin copper sheets that lie over a steel framework.
- Bagan is an ancient city located in the dry zone of Central Myanmar. Its construction began in 1044 when King Anawrahta established the Bagan Empire. The King was Buddhist, and Bagan features thousands of Buddhist temples and pagodas.
- Photo by KX Studio
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