The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), founded by Jean-Paul L’Allier, is seated in Quebec City and has 7 Regional Secretariats around the world. When Jean-Paul L’Allier passed away, we communicated the news to the 268 cities of our network and to all of our partners.
The Cilento is an outstanding cultural landscape. The dramatic groups of sanctuaries and settlements along its three east–west mountain ridges vividly portray the area's historical evolution: it was a major route not only for trade, but also for cultural and political interaction during the prehistoric and medieval periods. The Cilento was also the boundary between the Greek colonies of Magna Graecia and the indigenous Etruscan and Lucanian peoples. The remains of two major cities from classical times, Paestum and Velia, are found there.
The Certosa di San Lorenzo at Padula in the Vallo di Diano is one of the most impressive monastic structures in the world. Its construction began in 1306, but its present Baroque form is the result of the transformations carried out in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today it is home to the Archaeological Museum of Lucanian Antiquities.
The site contains dramatic groups of sanctuaries and settlements extending across three different east-west mountain ridges in the province of Salerno, covering quite a vast area, 159,110ha, including part of the National Park Cilento e Vallo di Diano, the two archaeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the monumental Certosa di Padula.
Criterion (iii): During the prehistoric period, and again in the Middle Ages, the Cilento region served as a key route for cultural, political, and commercial communications in an exceptional manner, utilizing the crests of the mountain chains running east-west and thereby creating a cultural landscape of outstanding significance and quality.
Criterion (iv): In two key episodes in the development of human societies in the Mediterranean region, the Cilento area provided the only viable means of communication between the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian seas in the central Mediterranean region, and this is vividly illustrated by the cultural landscape of today.
The Organization of World Heritage Cities family mourns the loss of its founder and most fervent supporter, Mayor Jean-Paul L’Allier. As Mayor of Quebec City, Mr.
Barely 3 years ago, the city of Gyeongju in the Republic of Korea joined the OWHC.
The 13th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities has ended with the adoption of a resolution of 18 points about Urban Resilience. This resolution is the result of the synthesis of two key moments of the congress: the Scientific Day and the Mayors’ Workshop.
Friday November 6, 2015, a text carried by the Regional Secretariat of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean and prepared by the cities of Cordoba (Spain), Elvas (Portugal), Lyon (France), Quebec (Canada) and Sintra (Portugal) was pronounced during the General Assembly of the 1
Congratulations to the city of Cordoba, Spain, for its project:
THE URBAN PROJECT AND THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE: HERITAGE, CULTURE, TRADE AND TOURISM: RENOVATION OF CRUZ CONDE STREET,
November 13, 2015
Arequipa, November 5 2015
Following a resolution taken at the Board of Directors held in Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay) last January, an OWHC ad hoc Advisory Committee was created.