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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Forbidden City

Evening Course

Monday, November 29, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0136A
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$25 - Gen. Admission

Clockwise: The Forbidden City, Beijing, China; Redwood National Park, northern California; Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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The 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world offer a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, presents in-depth overviews of three particularly intriguing sites: the Forbidden City in Beijing, Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, and Redwood National and State Parks. Each lavishly illustrated program goes far beyond the typical tourist experience by incorporating the insights of the latest scholarship and research.

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The Forbidden City

For just over six hundred years, from 1420 to 1924, the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties regarded the vermillion walls, grey cobblestones, and golden tiles of the Forbidden City in Beijing as their home. Jacobs charts a path through the vast courtyards, narrow passageways, and imposing gates of the Forbidden City, treating its art, architecture, and residents as windows into the history and culture of late imperial China.

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