Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Heritage Tourism on Susi's Blog

Enjoy Food & Travel co-writer Susanne Koch is the born traveler. She and her husband are real world globetrotters, interesting people to know. She invited me for dinner today, and told me that she are currently working on stories on UNESCO Heritage sites. She told me that she has visited quite a few, and when she started to list them, I found that I had seen a few as well.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):

"seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage adopted by UNESCO in 1972."

Here are a few UNESCO Heritage sites I have visited

Grand Place - Brussels

My sister called Grand Place once an outdoor banquet hall. Through the last 15 years, I have enjoyed this beautiful baroque square with its rich architectural details.

Most of the buildings on Grand Place were built the last decades of the 17th century. UNESCO has awarded it its Heritage status as it is:

"an outstanding example of the eclectic and highly successful blending of architectural and artistic styles that characterizes the culture and society of this region."

Read more on Grand Place on Enjoy Food & Travel

Bryggen in Bergen

Bryggen is selected as UNESCO Heritage site through criterion iii. That describes a site should:

"bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared;"

Bryggen bears a testimony to the old Hanseatic League, the commercial union with roots to the old cities by the German North Sea, and Baltic Sea coasts. The houses standing today are around 300 years old, but the way they are built are much older, going back to Medieval times.

Read more on Bryggen on Enjoy Food & Travel

uKhalamba - Barrier of Lances

Another sight is the mighty Drakensberg Mountains in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal province, bordering the mountain country of Lesotho.

Here you find a breathtaking view of tall mountains, rich flora and fauna and cave paintings going back thousands of years.

Read more on the Drakensberg Mountains on Enjoy Food & Travel

The World of Gaudí

For those of us that are in love with Barcelona, it is great that the architect Gaudis work are classified as UNESCO Heritage sites.

From the marvels of Sagrada Familia, Park Guëll, Casa Milà and Casa Battlo. Design wonders from a genius.

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