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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Also dating back to the fifth century is the Baptistry of the Orthodox , in ancient
times joined to the Basilica Ursiana : this building with an octagonal plan is
covered by a dome built with a technique dating from ancient Rome . The walls
Aksum The ruins of the ancient city of Aksum are found close to Ethiopia ' s
northern border . They mark the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia , when
the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman
SYRIA VIETNAM Ancient City of Aleppo Located at the crossroads of various
trade routes since the second millenium B . C . , Aleppo was ruled successively
by the Hittites , Assyrians , Arabs , Mongols , Mamelukes and Ottomans . Its
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For more than 30 years, the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has identified and documented sites that represent "the cultural ... Read full review
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