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08.07.2008

Preah Vihear gehört nun zu den UNESCO Welt-Kultur-Erbe

Nach langem hin und her und Proteste in Thailand, hat die UNESCO bei ihrer 32. Sitzung in Quebec gestern, 7. Juli 2008, Preah Vihear mit 12 anderen Objekten zu ihrer bestehende Liste der Weltkulturerbe hinzugefügt. Auch die Schweiz hat 2 Weltkuturerbe bekommen.

Hier sind die 13 neuen Objekten, welche am 7. Juli 2008 in die Unesco Weltkulturerbe hinzugefügt wurden:

- Preah Vihear Temple (Cambodia).
- The Joggins Fossil Cliffs, (Canada)
- Mount Sanqingshan National Park (China)
- Historic Centre of Camagüey (Cuba)
- The Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems (France)
- Surtsey (Iceland)
- Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan) Surtsey (Iceland)
- The Mijikenda Kaya Forests (Kenya)
- Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (Mexico)
- Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús de Nazareno de Atotonilco (Mexico)
- Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes (Switzerland / Italy)
- The Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (Switzerland)
- Socotra Archipelago (Yemen)

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Canadian fossil park, an Icelandic volcanic island and archipelago in Yemen among sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Monday, July 7, 2008

The World Heritage Committee, meeting for its 32nd session, inscribed 13 new sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in the afternoon and evening of 7 July. The nomination of new sites for inscription on the World Heritage List will continue tomorrow morning, 8 July.

The new sites inscribed are:

Preah Vihear Temple (Cambodia). Situated on the edge of a plateau that dominates the plain of Cambodia, the buildings that make up the sanctuary are dedicated to Shiva. The temple dates back to the first half of the 11th century AD. Nevertheless, its complex history can be traced to the 9th century, when the hermitage was founded. This site is particularly well-preserved, mainly due to its remote location near the border with Thailand. The site is exceptional for three reasons: its natural situation on a promontory, with sheer cliffs overlooking a vast plain and mountain range; the quality of its architecture adapted to the natural environment and religious function of the temple; and, finally, the exceptional quality of the carved stone ornamentation of the temple.

 


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