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By around 750 BC, Sicily had three Phoenician and a dozen Greek colonies and, for the next 600 years, it was the site of the Sicilian Wars and the Punic Wars.After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, Sicily was ruled during the Early Middle Ages by the Vandals, the Ostrogoths, the Byzantine Empire, and the Emirate of Sicily.
GALLERY: FLOWERS: Keeping Holland's fabled tulips alive | Watch Video Hidden in the shadow of a church in the Dutch town of Limmen is Hortus Bulborum, established in the 1920s by tulip enthusiast Peter Boschman.The ancient city was declared a World heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.Polonnaruwa was first selected as a capital city by the invading Chola army of India, who ransacked the then-capital city of Anuradhapura and set up their courts in nearby Polonnaruwa, in the late 10 Century.It remained a town until recently despite having a cathedral.Story has it that because funds ran out before the cathedral spires were completed, Inverness was denied city status.He bought old and rare types of tulips and planted them, determined to not let them become extinct.
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The broadcast comes to you from Amsterdam, where host Jane Pauley reports on the Netherlands' rich history of art, architecture, and more.
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The city is the centre of administration for the Highlands and hosts the HQs of the Highland Council, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and other organisations.
Industry is light and varied with tourism being the single major income generator.
Sicily is located in the central Mediterranean Sea, south of the Italian Peninsula, from which it is separated by the narrow Strait of Messina.