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2014-06-16 08:20:28

Award-Winning Cruise Line to Host Experts, Create Excursions, Support Efforts SEATTLE, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultra-luxury, small-ship cruise operator Seabourn has signed an agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a unique alliance to help protect World Heritage. The partnership is being created to foster wider support and understanding in the travel industry and among travelers for UNESCO's mission of identifying, safeguarding...

UNESCO–IAU Astronomical Heritage Web Portal Launch
2012-08-24 08:39:07

Buildings and monuments relating to astronomy throughout the ages stand as a tribute to the diverse and often complex ways in which people have rationalized the cosmos and framed their actions in accordance with their understanding of it. This includes, but is by no means restricted to, the development of modern science. The importance of the sky in human heritage was recognized by UNESCO when it established its Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative in 2003, and in 2008 it signed a...

2012-07-03 23:02:25

Sangha Trinational - shared between Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo; Lakes of Ounianga in Chad and Chengjiang fossil site in China have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, following the recommendations of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Lena Pillars Nature Park in Russia and Western Ghats in India were also added to the prestigious list by the World Heritage Committee, a 21-nation panel. St. Petersburg, Russia (PRWEB) July 03,...

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2010-08-04 10:43:37

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, at its 34th session in Brasília, Brazil, has, for the first time, endorsed a study in science heritage. The thematic study on the Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy, prepared within the framework of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, presents an overall vision of astronomical heritage and attempts to identify some of the most outstanding examples that are of significance to everyone. The study is the result of a...

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2010-07-23 06:35:00

Thirty-two natural wonders and cultural treasures are competing to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) top world heritage list when it meets in Brazil next week. The sites are nominated to join 890 already on the cultural body's list of the world's top spots, with three new candidates, including the Marshall Islands and Kiribati, in the Pacific. The Marshall Islands include the Bikini Atoll, which were evacuated when the United States carried...

2010-03-22 09:56:00

International photo exhibition of 77 works chronicles preservation efforts of endangered cultural heritage sites in developing countries. WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Meridian International Center and California-based Global Heritage Fund announce the opening of an international photographic exhibition, Preservation by Design: Safeguarding the World's Cultural Heritage on Saturday, March 20, 2010. The 77 images, which have never been seen by the general public, contain...

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2009-06-26 12:10:00

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Friday inducted the Wadden Sea and Italy's Dolomites to its World Heritage List of protected regions. Additionally, the committee named the Philippines' Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park as an extension to the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park added to the World Heritage List in 1993. The appointments were made due to recommendations from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). UNESCO made the announcement on the fifth...

2009-02-18 06:45:00

GENEVA, February 18 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 16th, jaeger-lecoultre.com has started an online auction of the prototype "Number 1" of the model Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm Tides of Time, from its SIHH 2009 collection. 100% of the proceeds will go to a World Heritage project identified by UNESCO. Symbolising the "Tides of Time" partnership between Jaeger-LeCoultre, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the International Herald Tribune, this timepiece associates two of the...

2008-07-15 18:00:20

A WEARMOUTH church is inviting people to celebrate its history and find out more about its bid to become a World Heritage Site. St Peter's Church in Wearmouth, Sunderland, is applying for the status along with St Paul's Church which is in Jarrow. Tomorrow, as part of National Archaeology Week, the church will open its doors at 2pm to allow people to explore the site and watch a presentation on the World Heritage Site bid. Members of the public will also have the chance to sign a book...

2005-07-15 09:09:19

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The world's oldest and largest meteorite crater, part of Japan's northernmost island and two Norwegian fjords are among seven sites added to the U.N. World Heritage list this week. The United Nations Environmental, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage committee, meeting in South Africa's port city of Durban, also extended two existing sites at India's Valley of Flowers National Park and Scotland's remote St Kilda...


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'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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