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World heritage sites : a complete guide to 878 UNESCO world heritage sites

Author: Unesco.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Each site has an entry explaining its historical and cultural significance, with a description and location map.
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Genre/Form: Guidebooks
Pictorial works
Guides
Ouvrages illustrés
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Unesco.
ISBN: 9781554074631 1554074630
OCLC Number: 319487382
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: 832 p. : col. ill., maps ; 21 cm.
Contents: World Heritage sites: mapped by continent --
World Heritage sites: descriptions, locations and photographs --
UNESCO's World Heritage Mission Statement, inscription criteria and information about UNESCO worldwide.
Responsibility: UNESCO.

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Each site has an entry explaining its historical and cultural significance, with a description and location map.

From the Publisher: The first book that fully describes every official UNESCO World Heritage site-the world's most extraordinary places. In 1959 the government of Egypt decided to build the Aswan High Dam, which would flood a valley containing treasures of ancient civilizations. In response, UNESCO launched an international safeguarding campaign, which ultimately led to the list of World Heritage sites. In clear text that highlights all the fascinating facts, World Heritage Sites details all 878 properties, including the 20 American and 15 Canadian sites. Covering 141 countries, the World Heritage List has proved to be a valuable tool in the battle to preserve much of the world's cultural and natural heritage. Its strict criteria result in only the world's most spectacular and extraordinary sites making it onto the list, including: The Acropolis in Athens; The Statue of Liberty in New York; The Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario; Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, the world's first international peace park, which straddles the US-Canada border; The ancient Nabataean city of Petra in Jordan; The remarkable Dazu Rock Carvings in China; Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Missouri, the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico; The unique ecosystem of the Serengeti in Tanzania and 870 more.

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