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Around 1.26 million people visited Armenia, with Russians, Iranians, Emiratis, Chinese and Croats making up the bulk of that figure, IRNA cited a report by Armenpress as saying. The number of Iranian tourists visiting Armenia has been steadily growing for years, such that in 2016 it registered the largest growth of any country with 30%. Comment?
This magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, has been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for more than ten centuries. Almost undamaged by WWII, Prague's medieval centre remains a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires all in the shadow of her majestic 9th century castle that looks eastward as the sun sets behind her. Comment?
Architects are being mobilized to revive Seoul's Seochon, literally "western village," the area to the west of the Gyeongbok Palace. The revival plan aims to remodel the area into a cultural zone by restoring old streams hidden under asphalt and opening artists' studios. Comment?
The cultural center in Firminy has colorful openings and contains facilities such as a music room, auditorium, theater, art studio, bar and dance room. The chapel was built on a pre-existing pilgrimage site. Comment?
The ancient capital of the Hittite civilization, known as Hattusha, is the only ancient city on both the UNESCO World Heritage List and the Memory of the World Register, as well being Turkey's first national excavation field, and offers visitors an opportunity to experience some monumental structures. One of Turkey's most important tourism centers, the Central Anatolian province of A orum is home to the cultural heritage of one of the first Anatolian civilizations, the Hattis, and the Hittite civilization. Comment?
Archaeological excavations in the southern province of Antalya will start this month in 15 different spots, including ancient cities, caves and mounds. Antalya was home to the ancient cities of Lycia and Pamphylia, which include traces from the Paleolithic age. Comment?
Climate change is rapidly becoming one of the most significant risks for World Heritage sites, according to a report issued today in this capital. "We need to understand, monitor and better address the threat of climate change on these sites," Mechtild Rossler, director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center, said. Comment?
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