The Loire Valley (French: Vallée de la Loire, pronounced: [va.le də la lwaːʁ]), spanning 280 kilometres (170 mi), is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France. Its area comprises about 800 square kilometres (310 sq mi). It is referred to as the Cradle of the French and the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards (such as cherries), and artichoke and asparagus fields, which line the banks of the river.
Loire Valley, France
Fresco at New Athos Cathedral in the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia • photo: Anton Averin
Inside Al-Aqsa Mosque (Palestine)
Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
Burg Eltz Castle, Germany