Ruins of Loropéni (Burkina Faso) inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
Burkina Faso joined the rank of countries that have World Heritage properties on their territory with the inscription of the Ruins of Loropéni on UNESCO’s List on Friday.
The 11,130m2 property, the first to be inscribed in the country, with its imposing stone walls is the best preserved of ten fortresses in the Lobi area and is part of a larger group of 100 stone enclosures that bear testimony to the power of the trans-Saharan gold trade. Situated near the borders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo, the ruins have recently been shown to be at least 1,000 years old. The settlement was occupied by the Lohron or Koulango peoples, who controlled the extraction and transformation of gold in the region when it reached its apogee from the 14thto the 17th century. Much mystery surrounds this site large parts of which have yet to be excavated. The settlement seems to have been abandoned during some periods during its long history. The property which was finally deserted in the early 19th century is expected to yield much more information.
The World Heritage Committee meeting in Seville for its 33rd session, chaired by María Jesús San Segundo, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Spain to UNESCO, will continue inscribing sites and examining the state of properties already inscribed over coming days. It remains in session until 30 June.
- 33rd session of the Committee Jun 22, 2009 - Jun 30, 2009
- 13 new sites have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List which lost one site while three were placed on the Danger List Sunday, June 28, 2009
- Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System and Colombia’s Los Katios National Park enter UNESCO’s Danger List Saturday, June 27, 2009
- British Aqueduct and Canal inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, French Saltworks extended Saturday, June 27, 2009
- Stoclet House (Belgium) inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List Saturday, June 27, 2009
- Wadden Sea, Italy’s Dolomites and Philippines’s Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List Friday, June 26, 2009
- Cidade Velha becomes Cape Verde's first World Heritage site Friday, June 26, 2009
- China’s sacred Buddhist Mount Wutai inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List Friday, June 26, 2009
- Sacred mountain in Kyrgyzstan enters List along with Iran’s Shushtar water system and Royal tombs in Republic of Korea Friday, June 26, 2009
- World Heritage Committee removes Baku from Danger List welcoming improvements in the ancient city´s preservation Thursday, June 25, 2009
- Dresden is deleted from UNESCO’s World Heritage List Thursday, June 25, 2009