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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Palladio adopted a different solution for Villa Capra , known as La Rotonda , atop
a hill not far from Vicenza . This particular site , which the architect himself called
belvedere , imposed the design of a Greek - cross central plan , characterized ...
The painting by Leonardo da Vinci , at first known as the Belle Ferronière , was
purchased in Italy by her son Adam Jerzy , around 1800 . The panel depicts
Cecilia Gallerani , a favourite of Lodovico the Moor , and was executed by
The building known as the Monastery formed part of a palatial complex built in
the Puuk style in the oldest part of Chichén Itzà . Detail of the massive flight of
steps in the Pyramid. we stor winter solstice , with an effect of light and shadow
that is ...
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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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