On July 6 and 7, 2016 was hold in Cidade Velha, Cabo Verde, a meeting for the members’ cities of the Regional Secretariat of Southern Europe and Mediterranean.
This is a new entry for the Mayors&Heritage program. The OWHC is proud to present the interview of Mr. Alfonso Jesús Martínez Alcázar, Mayor of Morelia (Mexico).
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The Government of Québec, which has been supporting the Organization of World Heritage Cities since 1991, has once again provided its support. Further to the expansion of the membership potential, voted by the last General Assembly held in Arequipa, Peru, the Ministère des Relations Internationa
We are pleased to announce the winners of the scholarship of 10 000$ CAN given to the twinning of two schools.
Following the meeting of the Board of Directors of the OWHC held in Istanbul (Turkey) on March 14 and 15 2016, the city of Bursa invited the Secretary General Denis Ricard to visit their city.
The first meeting of the Board of Directors of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) for 2015-2017 was held on March 14 and 15, 2016 in Istanbul (Turkey). The eight cities elected to the Board of Directors of the OWHC for 2015-2017 were present, with Mr.
The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) and all its members unite as one voice to express their deepest condolences towards the Belgian people and the city of Brussels.
Creation of the Library Jean Paul L'Allier in Oaxaca (Mexico)
The legacy of Jean-Paul L'Allier now has headquarters in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico.
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.