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Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church
Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church

As of 2019, Denmark has ten sites inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites, and a further four on the tentative list. Selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972. Denmark ratified the convention on 25 July 1979, making its historical sites eligible for inclusion on the list. The first site in the country to be added to the list was the Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church (pictured), inscribed at the 18th Session of the World Heritage Committee in 1994. Further sites were added in 1995, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2014, 2017, and 2018. Three sites, Kujataa, Aasivissuit – Nipisat, and Ilulissat Icefjord, are located in Greenland, an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark. Of the ten sites, seven are cultural and three are natural. (Full list...)

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Christ Crucified

Christ Crucified is a 1780 oil-on-canvas painting of the crucifixion of Jesus by Spanish Romantic artist Francisco Goya. He presented it to the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando as his reception piece to meet the requirements for admission. The painting is neoclassical in style and is similar to the treatment of the same topic by Velázquez and Anton Raphael Mengs. Goya conforms to the Spanish Baroque iconographic rules for portraying the Crucifixion as laid down by Francisco Pacheco – a black background, four rather than three nails, supported feet, and a trilingual inscription in Hebrew, Greek and Latin affixed to the top of the cross reading 'King of the Jews'. The work now forms part of the permanent collection of the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Painting credit: Francisco Goya

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