World Heritage: Archaeological Sites and Urban Centres
Unesco, 2002 - Social Science - 383 pages
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 two pulpits by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, carved fifty years apart, are both
evidently based on classical models: in both, the orchestration of the
compositions in the relief panels and the plasticity of the figures attests to a
There are also noteworthy relics from Roman times: at the southern edge of the
valley stands the first-century A.D. theatre, carved almost entirely into the rock,
which could hold more than 8,000 spectators, while at the end of the Siq open out
of them were offered as a sacrifice the fifteen jaguars found in a stone cist, or
tomb, carved into the ground right behind the altar. Temple 1 8 is located in the
south-eastern corner of the acropolis. A hieroglyphic text on the western wall of
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