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 mural decorations , inspired by medieval examples , delimit and punctuate
the processional path from the entrance as far ... The ceiling was then decorated
with a starspangled sky , similar to that of the Chapel of the Scrovegni in Padua .
Detail of the decoration of the courtyard of a madrasa ... s theatre in Rome , and it
preserves intact its cavea , the scaena bristling with columns and decorated with
elegant statues , as well as the natural backdrop of a glittering bright blue sea .
Decorated Grottoes of the Vézère Valley The Vézère valley contains 147
prehistoric sites dating from the Palaeolithic and twenty - five decorated caves . It
is particularly interesting ethnologically and anthropologically as well as
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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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