UNESCO Courier, Virtual visit to five new World Heritage Sites
Five sites newly inscribed into UNESCO's World Heritage List are highlighted in the July-August issue of the UNESCO Courier.
Bisotun (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Professor David Stronach, archeologist and former Director of the British Institute of Persian Studies in Tehran (1961-1980), looks back fondly on his experiences at Bisotun (Islamic Republic of Iran), a monument in bas-relief and cuneiform that that is located 70 meters above the ground.
Vizcaya Bridge (Spain)
At the end of the 19th century, Martín Alberto de Palacio y Elissague was given the task of building a bridge over the Nervión, in the Basque country (Spain), with one prerequisite: uninterrupted river traffic. To meet the challenge, the engineer dreamed up the first metallic bridge with a gondola.
Harar Jugol (Ethiopia)
Time seems to stand still in the town of Harar (Ethiopia), entrenched behind its encircling wall. Yet the market and mosques are pulsing with life.
Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila (Mexico)
The agave plant that grows in the valleys of Jalisco (Mexico) is useful not only for making the famous Mexican liquor. The blue plant confers identity on the whole region, which is now inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries (China)
Zhang Hemin, director of the Wolong nature reserve, a major part of the Giant Panda Sanctuaries in Sichuan. The sanctuaries, one of the few places in the world where giant pandas still live in the wild, has just been inscribed on the World Heritage List.
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Thursday, July 20, 2006