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Expatriate Health Insurance News: Seven historic sites in Europe to be saved

Expatriates often find amazing places while exploring their adopted country that are sadly rundown and on the verge of collapse.

Now there is hope for such sad scenes as the heritage body Europa Nostra is to save seven historic sites in Europe as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

So far the candidates have been whittled down from 40 submissions across 21 countries to 14, but only half of those will eventually be rescued.

The places on the shortlist include archaeological sites, buildings of religious importance, historic old towns and military fortifications.

Among those in the running is a Roman amphitheatre in Durres, Albania, dating back to the second century and capable of holding 15,000 spectators.

It was discovered in the 1960s and is only partially uncovered with modern houses built over some of the structure.

One of the earliest known Christian chapels in the world at Argatsotn in Armenia is often subjected to flooding. The Church of St Peter and St Paul would need a lot of attention to be saved.

A corridor stretching for 1.5 kilometres down the centre of Nicosia and separating Greek and Turkish Cyprus has left this historic part of the city a no man's land.

Despite already having UNESCO World Heritage status, the 17th-century fortifications at Vauban in the Briancon region of France need to be protected from decay.

Berlin's gaslights have been lighting the way in the city for nearly 200 years and represent the only fully functioning system of its kind left in the world.

Having been damaged by an earthquake last year the Renaissance monastery of San Benedetto Po near Mantua in Italy is under threat.

It is historic places such as these that make cities fascinating places for expats to live, but the pressures being faced by the global economy does not always put them at the top of governments' lists of priorities.

Once the decision has been made the seven successful locations will be announced at the organisation's 50th Anniversary Conference in Athens on June 16th.

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