World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 878 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Firefly Books, 2009 - Architecture - 832 pages
Updated for 2010, this guide fully describes every official UNESCO World Heritage site.
In 1959, UNESCO launched an international campaign to safeguard the world's most important sites, which led to the first World Heritage List. In clear text that highlights all the fascinating facts, this revised edition of World Heritage Sites details all 890 properties, including the 13 new sites added in 2009.
Covering 148 countries, the World Heritage List has proved to be a valuable tool in the battle to preserve much of the world's cultural and natural heritage. Its strict criteria result in only the world's most spectacular and extraordinary sites making it onto the list, including:
The new sites added to this edition are:
Featuring gorgeous photographs and updated maps, World Heritage Sites is uniquely comprehensive.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded in 1945 with the ambitious goal to build peace in the minds of men and women through education, social and natural science, culture and communication.
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The temple of Ptah built there was the most important sanctuary dedicated to this
primary god of Creative Force, and its ruins are all that survive today of the
grandeur of Memphis, as it was known to the ancient Greeks. Nearby Saqqara
Treasury of the Athenians: A small building in Doric order, built by the Athenians
at the end of the sixth century BC to house their offerings to Apollo. Stoa of the
Athenians: Built in the Ionic order, has seven fluted columns, each made from a ...
The building of defensive walls was a common strategy against potential
invasion and several were built in China from the eighth century BC onwards.
From 220 BC Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a unified China, undertook to
restore and ...
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