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Medici villas, historic N.Korean city join UNESCO list

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A dozen Renaissance villas built by Italy's powerful Medici family and monuments from North Korea's medieval city of Kaesong were granted World Heritage status by UNESCO on Sunday. 

View from South Korea of the North Korean city of Kaesong on December 22, 2011. Royal tombs, fortress walls and a 700-year-old school in Kaesong were among a dozen monuments granted World Heritage status by UNESCO at its annual meet.

Constructed outside Florence, the villas and their gardens were commissioned by the Medicis, a Tuscan banking dynasty instrumental in the politics and culture of Renaissance-era Italy.

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