A UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage site is defined in two ways; “cultural heritage”- monuments, buildings or sites or “natural heritage” – natural features, geological formations and natural sites. Currently managing 936 sites, 725 of which are cultural, 183 natural and 28 mixed, UNESCO considers it in the interest of the International community to preserve each site for future generations, allowing us the opportunity to visit sites that may not have been in existence today. UNESCO has made available to us some truly amazing places by saving Venice and its lagoon, restoring the famous temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and finding a solution to human encroachment on the Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino, Mexico.
In conjunction with NHK, 100 short videos were created describing some of their most interesting sites. The video attached is of the Temple of the Rising Sun at Abu Simbel, the very first site saved by UNESCO. In 1954, Egypt decided to build the Aswan Dam which would flood the ancient valley. The group rallied support from 50 countries to have the temple taken apart and safely reassembled farther up the valley.
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