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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Founded in 1388 , it owes its renown to the astronomical clock set on its tower , a
true prodigy of medieval mechanics , capable of attracting the attention of
travellers as early as 1410 . On the same square stand the two towers of the
Church of ...
... over which loomed the pyramidal spires that crowned the bell towers like so
many tents of the nomads of days gone by ... at the behest of Prince Vladimir ,
and , in the centuries that followed , the cusped bell tower and the Episcopal
The Bakong is the first large stone monument which combines the step pyramid
and the tower sanctuary : of the five storeys of the complex , constituted by as
many concentric terraces , the first three are decorated at the top with stone ...
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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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