World Heritage: Archaeological Sites and Urban Centres
In 1972 UNESCO created the World Heritage Foundation, a program to identify and protect "world heritage sites" -irreplaceable environments ranging from natural areas to whole urban centers. To date over 600 such sites have been designated for protection on four continents, including places of worship, monuments, living settlements, and historic complexes, which taken together constitute an ideal tour of the history, cultures and creative expressions of humanity.
That tour begins here, in the first of the three-volume UNESCO World Heritage series: 46 living and archeological built environments from continuously-occupied cities such as Crakow and old Havana to archeological treasures such as Macchu Picchu (Peru) and Angkor Wat (Cambodia); Petra (Jordan); the Imperial Forums (Italy); the Casbah of Algiers; Teotihuacan (Mexico)-and discoveries that make a full spectrum of world cultures.
Each site is presented up close with color reproductions and a rich explanatory text. The volume is completed by the charter map of the World Heritage Foundation and includes UNESCO's standards for designation. With this particularly rich selection of images, places distant in time and space can be seen as connected in a singular and fascinating way: the true heritage of every nation and every individual.
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The Jewish quarter features one of the most celebrated monuments of Cordoba ,
the great cathedral - mosque completed by Abd al - Rahman III , and begun by
his ancestors . On the site where the imposing structure was erected , as early as
Opposite page Detail of the domes of the Mosque of al - Ahzar , 970 - 972 . ...
Here , mosques , minarets , palaces , and even the mul - ticoloured shops of the
twisting lanes all testify to the glory of the legendary Fatimid and Mameluke
Archaeological Sites and Urban Centres Unesco Marco Abate. Marrakesh View
of the Old City with the structure of the mosque . Opposite page Aerial view of the
historic centre of Marrakesh . 19 Geometric decoration on the tiles in an interior .
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