Around The World In 80 Treasures (2005) BBC

Episode 10: Bosnia to France and Home

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Episode 10: Bosnia to France and Home

73. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Stari most, reconstructed 16th Century bridge in the Bosnian city of Mostar. It was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent and was the height of technical achievement when it was built.

74. Athens, Greece: Parthenon, 5th Century BC temple to Athena, is the main building on the Acropolis in Athens. Its ruinous state had a huge impact on the Romantic movement.

75. Rome, Italy: Pantheon, temple to all the Gods in central Rome. Its dome is one of the largest and oldest in the world.

76. Florence, Italy: Medici Chapels, tomb by Michelangelo. Chapel designed by Michelangelo for the Medici family who were the most powerful Florentine family during the Renaissance

77. Venice, Italy: Grand Canal of Venice, the most important canal in Venice, lined by many of the city's most beautiful buildings

78. Madrid, Spain: Guernica, painting by Pablo Picasso; a reaction to dictator Franco troops bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War

79. Granada, Spain: Alhambra, Court of the Lions, a palace in the Spanish city of Granada, regarded as one of the finest pieces of Islamic architecture

80. Chartres, France: Cathedral of Chartres, one of the finest Gothic cathedrals, especially noted for its Stained glass

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Around the World in 80 Treasures

Around the World in 80 Treasures is a 10 episode art and travel documentary series by the BBC, presented by Dan Cruickshank, and originally aired in February, March, and April 2005. The title is a reference to Around the World in Eighty Days, the classic adventure novel by Jules Verne.

In this series, Cruickshank takes a five month world tour visiting his choices of the eighty greatest man-made treasures, including buildings and artifacts. His tour takes him through 34 countries and 6 of the 7 continents (he does not visit Antarctica).

In addition to seeing some of the world's greatest treasures, Cruickshank tries many different kinds of food including testicle, brain, and insects. His means of transportation included airplanes, trains, camel, donkey, foot, bicycle, scooter, hang glider, and boats.

A tie-in book of the same title was also published, written as a journal during the trip and containing much behind-the-scenes detail on the making of the programme in addition to Cruikshank's reflections on the treasures themselves.

Cruickshank's fondness of architecture is evident, with many of his chosen treasures being buildings or other man-made structures. The official BBC DVD of the series was released on 19 May 2008. Licenses for DVD releases have been sold to many countries around the world.


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