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World Heritage Sites: The All Stars
Just over 50 years ago, in 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated as World Heritage Sites more than a thousand locations valued for their outstanding cultural and/or natural significance to humanity. The sites designated by UNESCO include archaeological excavations, masterpieces of religious or secular architecture, and monumental sculpture. This list of Elderwise favorites, adopted from The Great Courses series, features lectures by Justin M. Jacobs of American University, and breathtaking visuals from six of the most outstanding World Heritage Sites.
January 9: Ancient Egyptian Thebes
The Ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum
Timbuktu, Islam’s Center by the Sahara
January 16: The Inca Estate of Machu Picchu
Palmyra, Oasis in the Syrian Desert
Easter Island and the Moai
Toby Teorey is the current Vice-Chair of the Elderwise Council. He is retired from the Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan and in retirement pursues his enduring love of world history, music, and culture.