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#ResilientHeritageCities

Overtourism in our World Heritage Cities was the hot topic at our last World Congress held in Krakow in June 2019, which addressed the theme “Heritage and Tourism”. Ten months later, in the midst of this global pandemic, the situation could not be more different, with the message Stay Home, halting all forms of tourism.

Have you ever seen, in your lifetime, your World Heritage city or site as empty as it is these days? Have you ever had the chance to see and absorb its beauty as clearly as you can now?

The OWHC invites you to share, in your own social media platforms or directly with us, any videos or pictures that you have had the chance to take of your empty cities and sites.

As part of this in-depth reflection about resilience, we may even explore other avenues. Perhaps your cities have tangible heritage that was created after a former pandemic or disaster? This heritage is vivid proof that humanity has been able to overcome critical situations in the past. This heritage deserves to be shared with everyone as it opens up an interesting historic and long-term perspective to the present COVID-19 crisis. Please share this special part of your heritage with us!

Help us to turn this crisis into an opportunity to reflect upon our resilience and the resilience of our cities and sites. Let us share through our different social media platforms our heritage sites, their emptiness, but also, their absolute and stunning beauty and uniqueness*.

IMPORTANT: By using your own platforms, identify the OWHC in your posts: @ovpm_owhc_ocpm, use the hashtag #ResilientHeritageCities and follow it on Instagram so you can see what other OWHC member cities share.

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*The OWHC however reminds all its members to respect the confinement measures applicable in their city.

 


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    Heritage of the epidemic – Witnesses of pandemics in the past

    The statue of Our Lady of Graces (of Faenza) from 1771, comes from the cemetery gate of St. Mary’s Church (after the liquidation of the cemetery it was moved twice, destroyed during the storm in 2007, was restored and returned to the university district). It is a symbol of the one “which crushes the shots of the plague, the shots of all evil, and which goes through the world again” – patron of displaced people .

    The memorial chapel – a pole with a crucifix – was founded in 1776 in the place where there used to be a plague cemetery, which was created as a result of a deadly epidemic. The founders of the chapel managed to protect it from death, so in gratitude they were to erect this very cross.