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Cuba - Province of Ciudad de la Habana - Old Havana and its Fortification System - ©UNESCO / Ron Van Oers

CUBA - Old Havana and its Fortifications. Founded in 1519 by the Spanish, by the century it was one of the main centres for ship-building. It was fortified after 1762 when the English captured it and returned it after 11 months in exchange for Florida.

Himeji, Japón

Himeji-jo Himeji-jo is the finest surviving example of early Japanese castle architecture, comprising 83 buildings with highly developed systems of defence and ingenious protection devices dating from the beginning of the Shogun period.

L'viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre - Ukraine

L'viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre - Ukraine

Itchan Kala, in Uzbekistan, is the inner town (protected by brick walls some 10 m high) of the old Khiva oasis, which was the last resting-place of caravans before crossing the desert to Iran. Although few very old monuments still remain, it is a coherent and well-preserved example of the Muslim architecture of Central Asia

Itchan Kala, in Uzbekistan, is the inner town (protected by brick walls some 10 m high) of the old Khiva oasis, which was the last resting-place of caravans before crossing the desert to Iran. Although few very old monuments still remain, it is a coherent and well-preserved example of the Muslim architecture of Central Asia

Must visit in Romania

Founded by German craftsmen and merchants known as the Saxons of Transylvania, Sighişoara is a fine example of a small, fortified medieval town which played an important strategic and commercial role on the fringes of central Europe for several centuries.

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