Heritage UNESCO: Unusual & Unique

The UNESCO List of World Heritage includes hundreds of sites – some are world famous, some are almost unknown. Let’s have a look on a few examples of the perhaps less known yet precious and worth-visiting sites.


UNESCO: Tourism Treasures of Nature, History and Culture

Vanderlei J. Pollack

When the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established the World Heritage Convention in 1972, there was cause for celebration. This document set in place the most universal international legal instrument ever to exist for the protection of cultural and natural heritage. It created a framework for preservation and conservation of the greatest treasures of nature and humanity scattered across the face of the earth. It also established international funding t...

Derwent Valley Mills: The Birthplace of the Factory System

Alec Hills

The beautiful Derwent Valley lies close to the UK’s Peak District and is significant in world history as the birthplace of the factory system, when new types of building were erected to house ground-breaking technology for water-powered manufacturing. The system developed here was copied across the globe which is why the Derwent Valley Mills were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001. Cromford Mill, at the north end of the site, is one of the best starting points for under...

The Unique, the Fabulous and the Endangered

Michael Trout

The UNESCO, one of 16 special organizations of the UNO, by its slogan “heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations” has not only raised the awareness about mankind’s obligation for spiritual and moral solidarity as a means against war. As a positive side effect, the special international protection of cultural and natural (or mixed) heritage sites had strongly attributed to the wealth of tourism highlights that are ir...

Edinburgh: The World’s First City of Literature

Gary Diskin

We cultivate literature on a little oatmeal . . . Edinburgh is world-renowned for its magnificent architecture – from the grandeur of the Georgian New Town to the closes and wynds of the historic Old Town, the monuments of Calton Hill to Edinburgh Castle at the top and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom of the Royal Mile. Rich in history, the city has known battles and plague, poverty and great riches, religious persecution, grave robbers, The Enlightenment, The Union and eventual devolu...

The Candidate: Luhacovice Spa with Rare Vernacular Architecture

Theodore Slate

In 2001 a Czech spa resort at Luhacovice was inscribed on the UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage. It is an architecturally prominent and unique complex of buildings which, from the end of the 19th century throughout approximately the first three decades of the 20th century, gradually formed the base of the present spa town situated in the east part of Moravia, Czech Republic. The spa buildings in Luhacovice represent a unique specimen of modern spa architecture of the early 20th cen...