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World Heritage


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) encourages the identification, protection and conservation of the entire world’s cultural and natural heritage, considered of exceptional value for humankind. What makes the world heritage concept exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, regardless of the territories on which they are located.

Working on the basis of the international treaty of 1972 known as the Convention Concerning the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, to date UNESCO has recognised a total of 1092 sites: 845 cultural, 209 natural and 38 mixed, located in 167 nations of the world [figures updated May 2019].

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