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Meet UNESCO's New Cultural Heritage Inductees: Reggae, French Perfume, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/05/2018, 12:00 AM

Reggae music from Jamaica, the Irish sport of hurling, Polish Nativity scenes, Korean wrestling, and about three dozen more arts, crafts, folk dances, foods, and festivals are the latest global traditions added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. (Pity the arts and tourism officials currently trying to squeeze that mouthful into quick after-dinner speec...

Neapolitan Pizza, Panama Hats Among Traditions Given UNESCO Heritage Status

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/13/2017, 11:00 PM

As anybody who travels with open eyes and an open mind soon discovers, a place isn't made unique just by its buildings and scenery. The dishes, dances, crafts, languages, and other traditions developed there are just as important and every bit as worthy of preservation. That's why the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage was established in 2003—to bring awareness and protections to signifi...

21 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites Announced

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/19/2016, 11:45 AM

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee added 21 sites to its World Heritage List during the group's annual meeting in Istanbul last week (a meeting that had to be cut short because of the failed coup attempt in Turkey). Among the new natural and cultural spots deemed worth preserving: 17 buildings across seven countries designed by 20th-century Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, the fossil-rich...

Sites in Mali, Libya, and Uzbekistan Added to UNESCO Endangered List

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/14/2016, 11:00 PM

An ancient village of mud houses in Mali has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list of endangered sites. Instability from Islamist militants in the West African country has kept preservationists from taking necessary measures to protect the village, known as the Old Towns of Djenné—a grouping of nearly 2,000 mud homes that have been inhabited since 250 BC. Other additions to the enda...

The Alamo in San Antonio Wins UNESCO Status, And It Couldn't Come at a More Embarrassing Time

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/05/2015, 8:45 PM

The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, has just been inscribed with one of the most prestigious designations in international tourism: It and the four other San Antonio Missions now comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's only the 23rd such site in the United States and the first for Texas. The Alamo, if you don't remember your grammar school history, was the place where American se...

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