World Heritage
World Heritage

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World Heritage

1 Introducing World Heritage

Before we tackle the concept of World Heritage, do the activity below.

Activity 1

Timing: 15 minutes

Take a look at the website of the World Heritage Centre to familiarise yourself with the World Heritage List [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] and some of the operations of the UNESCO under the banner of the World Heritage Centre.

Go to the ‘advanced search’ and do a search of the list based on a category of heritage (natural, cultural or mixed) and a country to pursue your own interest. In your Learning Journal make a list of the number of sites listed under the category you have chosen in that country. You might like to look at what is written about some of the sites and record the reasons why they are considered to be World Heritage.

Discussion

I was interested in looking at the number of cultural sites listed in the USA. At the time I searched, there were eight properties listed, including the Statue of Liberty (which was ‘inscribed’, or added to the list, in 1984) and the Independence Hall (which was one of the earliest World Heritage sites inscribed in 1979). Because there are new sites being added to the list all the time, the numbers may be different even if you did the same search. I hope you took the chance to take a look at the criteria for inscription and got a better idea of what sort of places are listed on the World Heritage List.

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